Boston Globe Magazine – Raising Roofs to Sweeping Dirt

haiti-001Architecture by Moonlight has officially launched! Many thanks to Susanne Althoff, Francis Storrs, Hans Schulz, and the Boston Globe Magazine for publishing an excerpt; New England Mobile Book Fair, Book Ends, Harvard Bookstore, and Calamus for hosting readings, Joe McDonough at MIT Alumni Association and BJ Krintzmen at NewTV for their interviews, Felicia Gordon for publishing essays on Medium, and my wonderful friend Globiana for hosting my launch party. There is more to come – find it at

MAG1116_Haiti95798782The Globe Magazine excerpt features my first trip to Haiti after the earthquake, when my son Andy and I build temporary shelters. I end my readings with a passage from my last trip about the women who sweep dirt. They help me understand that although we embark on foreign travel in search of the exotic, what ultimately imprints is our commonality.

This morning I realized my bond to those who sweep dirt is even closer than I thought. I received this email from my daughter, a Peace Corps volunteer in Cambodia.

imagesKeep spreading knowledge about how most people in the world live. Maybe your book will help open up some eyes. I sweep my yard every morning, and every morning I think about you and the Haitian women sweeping their yards. Small world, lots of dirt.



About paulefallon

Greetings reader. I am a writer, architect, cyclist and father from Cambridge, MA. My primary blog, is an archive of all my published writing. The title refers to a sequence of three yoga positions that increase focus and build strength by shifting the body’s center of gravity. The objective is balance without stability. My writing addresses opposing tension in our world, and my attempt to find balance through understanding that opposition. During 2015-2106 I am cycling through all 48 mainland United States and asking the question "How will we live tomorrow?" That journey is chronicled in a dedicated blog,, that includes personal writing related to my adventure as well as others' responses to my question. Thank you for visiting.
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