Americans living overseas can remain connected with friends and family, even during some challenging circumstances.
After the recent catastrophe, several local people working in Japan were able to call home via wireless phone or contact family and friends through the Internet to share their experiences.
Contrast that with people who were part of another recent international story, the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps.
Mike Waite was featured in The Columbian’s story about former Peace Corps volunteers. Mike and his wife, Mary Lynn, worked in Liberia for almost two years during the 1970s.
“Mary Lynn and I made one phone call home, to her family,” Waite said.
To make sure her family would be home to answer the phone, “We wrote a letter, weeks before, telling them the time we were planning to call.”