Author: Colten

32

Today, I turned 32. I have plenty of thoughts on what this means. I don’t view age in the same way that we are programmed to view age: as an immutable march towards decay and obsolescence. I won’t be botoxing anything, nor will I be slowing down any time soon. In fact, I can do…

About the Photos

I made a promise that I was going to try and highlight the more positive aspects of Haiti to combat the whole wicked world syndrome thing. And I think I did. It wasn’t that difficult because compared to when we first ventured into Haiti, life is measurably better. People aren’t dying left and right from…

Jillian’s Encore

Here is the follow up to Jillian’s first post and a few of her photos. She survived. Thrived even.   I have been back from Ranquitte for less than a week and already miss it. These people are not helpless, they are hopeful. They are some of the most capable and hard working people I…

Cautionary Tale of Triumph

This is actually a few days after the fact. Just a little story. The best internet I’m getting is 2G which is remarkably better than no internet at all. We are working hard enough on the clinic and side projects Ropa has in the works that there isn’t a ton of time to post updates.…

Guest Post: Jillian Gabiou

This will hopefully be the first of a few posts from Jillian. She is a PHX local and a long time friend of many at Ropa. As she mentions, not only is this her first time in Haiti, but it’s her first time out of the country. At the moment, she has no medical experience.…

The Wicked World

I recently learned of something called “Wicked World Syndrome.” Essentially, we are inundated with images of negativity, violence, and hopelessness until we come to the conclusion that the world is beyond repair. There is definitely some merit to this idea. And as a dedicated cynic I have certainly done my part in contributing to hopelessness.…

Clinic Update

It’s done. Well, almost. There’s a Peacework team heading to Haiti at the end of January to put finishing touches on the building. Paint. Shelves. Make it look like a clinic and make it livable for volunteers who might be kind enough to staff it for a few shifts. Thanks is in order to everyone…

“Affordable” Care

If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about answers. -Thomas Pynchon This is a quote from a book that I’ve never read that was written before I was born. But it resonates. As a student smack in the middle of my formal medical education, I get asked a…

Skin Deep

This is basically an opinion piece about the gym. You could file this one under general motivation/general bitching and complaining. Commentary on fitness may seem unrelated to the type of work we do. But the two have some overlap, sort of like the body and mind. The modern gym is a horrible place. It’s a…

Side Note Haiti: That Other Habit

The other thing I alluded to in the last post was the way in which I conceptualize people. No matter how often people repeat a cliche like “Don’t judge a book by its cover” it doesn’t stop anyone. Even people who are very good at forming accurate opinions about a person’s deep character, even they…