My name is Jimmy. I was born and raised near the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains in California. I studied linguistics in Oregon. After that, I taught middle school English in Sierra Leone with the U.S. Peace Corps and primary school in Mauritania at an international school. Now, I’m on the road full-time in Latin America while working on a proofreading course and writing fantasy.
Me and my mother near Tiwilit, Mauritania — January 2015
My intention is to (try to) live simply, work patiently, read widely, spread peace, and accept that I will fail often.
- I’m married to an incredible madrileña
- I have a much cooler twin brother
- I practice Islam, believe in socialism, and eat vegetarian
My material goals are pretty simple now:
- Diversify my work
- Buy and convert a van to live/travel around Iberia and West Africa
- Build a small house, a farm, and maybe a hostel
- Buy less, produce more
- Eat well, exercise well, live well
Some of the things I’m interested in are:
education and literacy, travel, linguistics (Mande languages), Islamic studies, history, language learning (particularly Spanish, French, and Arabic), camping, writing, West Africa, Mediterranean Europe, agriculture, cooking, notebooks, podcasts, Wikipedia, fantasy novels, walking, coasts and mountains, photography, iOS, and the environment.
Why Among the Stones?
The phrase among the stones is the approximate translation in Loko of my host village in Sierra Leone when I was a Peace Corps Volunteer. Many place names in Sierra Leone refer to local history or physical geography. In the case of this particular village, it is surrounded by many rocky patches and was named by a hunter named Manso Fahai (fahai also being the plural form of a ‘stone that cannot break’). It is somewhere I felt very comfortable and reminds me of my time spent there.
So what is Among the Stones? It’s a travelogue of some sort. It serves as a public journal on things I think about. There are links to different posts around the web. It is a place to update and motivate myself to continue writing. I had originally thought I would focus on mobile technology while traveling, but my interest is waning. Lastly, there is a microblog and photos page.