Introduction

                In January 2013, I decided to put together a blog to discuss topics I found interesting.  At the time, it was the only way I was able to continue exploring my interests.  I wanted to pressure myself to continuously improve upon the quality of previous posts while learning how to operate WordPress.  It was also important that this blog remained public, open to criticism and debate.  When transitioning into a new career in early 2016, I was worried that having a public site would hurt my job prospects.  Regardless, I decided to not privatize this site.

               More information about me can be found on my LinkedIn.  Other contact information is also listed in my Gravatar profile on the homepage.  Please remember, this blog is a hobby of mine.  I am restricted by time and other responsibilities, just like you.

               Since the creation of this blog, new categories have been introduced to organize the posts.  Generally the content can be described as developmental economics in the Western Hemisphere.  I touch upon topics relating to agriculture, logistics and social developments as they pertain to the economy.  My goal is to keep this blog “apolitical”.  Articles listed come from a variety of sources and are chosen based on the information they provide.

               Why write some posts in Spanish or Portuguese?  In a perfect world, where there were no time constraints, I would not do this.

              The language component of the blog really serves two goals: it reaches out to an external audience and it helps force me to continue writing in these other languages.  Currently this is one of the few ways I am able to “preserve” this language skill set.  The intention is not to unnecessarily complicate the reading or to be pretentious.  Recently I have written in these languages less because this is the area in which I am practicing the least.

                Currently I am enrolled in a graduate program in Applied Statistics through Penn State.  I direct operations for a home care company that specializes in the care for those living with a diagnosis of dementia.

-Peter R. Abraldes

8 January 2017

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