About

Hello. My name is Jimmy. I grew up near the foothills of the San Gabriel mountains in Southern California and studied linguistics in Oregon. I taught with the U.S. Peace Corps in rural Sierra Leone and at an international school in Nouakchott, the capital of Mauritania. After that, I spent a year backpacking through Latin America. Now, I live with my wife and our Peruvian dog in Spain and teach online.

I practice Islam, eat vegetarian, believe in the desirability and necessity of democratic eco-socialism, and try to read widely. The phrase among the stones is the translated Loko toponym of my host village in Sierra Leone.

I’m also interested in living simply and treading lightly, literacy and education, budget travel, hiking, linguistics (Mande languages), Islamic studies, coffees and teas, conversations, studying and practicing languages (Spanish, French, Arabic, and Galician), socialism, camping and the #vanlife, nature documentaries, maps of all kinds, folk, indie, and reggae music, gardening, cooking, West Africa and the Iberian Peninsula, notebooks and lists, history, the American transcendentalists, cultural anthropology, Murray Bookchin, podcasts, entheogens, Wikipedia, fantasy novels, photographing mountains and coasts, iOS, and climate justice.

Annotated emphases and photos are mine, unless otherwise indicated. You can email me at jmbaum@gmail.com or @amongthestones.