The Story Continues . . . Returning to Saipan

Posted On: December 13, 2018

  Yes, it’s true. In early January, our son, Jody, and I will be traveling to Saipan, my island home during my two years as a Peace Corps volunteer. But first, some background. And feel free to send me your comments on this. Just click the “Contact Tom” link on any page of the website.     The Borja Family…

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“Telling Our Stories” in Goderich a Huge Success

Posted On: October 22, 2018

Chicago, A Museum, and A Gift I was on the road from October 5th to the 14th, stopping off in my hometown, Cleveland, Ohio, then my college town, Valparaiso, Indiana, on my way to Goderich for the author talk on the 14th. On Thursday, October 11th, I rode the commuter train from northern Indiana into Chicago to visit my sister,…

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“Telling Our Stories” Author Talk in Goderich, Ontario

Posted On: September 27, 2018

On the Road Again   As John Fogerty once sang, “It was just about a year ago, I set out on the road . . .” And so it was, that last September I traveled to Cleveland to do an “author talk” at my high school alma mater and to Chicago to speak at my sister Judi’s church. Unlike Fogerty,…

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“Telling Our Stories” at Powassan Library, September 13

Posted On: August 29, 2018

Author Talk in Powassan, Ontario I will be hitting the road to the Powassan and District Union Library in two weeks for an author talk. Powassan is a town of about 3,500 people located a half hour south of North Bay. When I visited the library in July to donate a copy of Seasoned: A Memoir of Grief and Grace,…

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North Bay’s Butterfly Release Times Two

Posted On: July 5, 2018

Butterfly Release 2018   We’re going back for a second time — to the Near North Palliative Care Network (NNPCN)’s Live Butterfly Release, that is. With the generous assistance from our good neighbors, Christine and Rick, Tom will have a book table again on Saturday, July 14, at the North Bay waterfront. This 9th annual event runs from 11 a.m.…

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The Interview – “Life Is” with Peter Handley

Posted On: May 31, 2018

“Life Is” with Peter Handley interview   My conversation with Peter Handley was broadcast on Cogeco TV here in the North Bay area on Wednesday, May 16, as well as Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20. As I mentioned in the previous post, we have no television at home, but our friends, Rick and Christine, did record the program…

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Television! – “Life Is with Peter Handley”

Posted On: May 10, 2018

Invitation I was pleasantly surprised when Peter Handley called last week and invited me to be a guest on “Life Is with Peter Handley,” a local cable television program in North Bay. Peter had recently read Seasoned and wanted to talk with me about various aspects of my life that attracted his interest: my childhood in a German Lutheran family,…

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Enough Hibernation Already!

Posted On: March 23, 2018

Child of Winter? The last sentence in my book reads like this: “I am a child of winter no more.” All through my life, ever since the Cleveland blizzard in 1947 six days after I was born, winter has been my favorite season. My intent with that final sentence, however, was metaphorical: the “permafrost of grief” that clung to me…

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Springtime Events 2018

Posted On: March 23, 2018

Springtime Events Three events are planned in April and May where Tom will be reading from and discussing his book . . . and bringing his guitar to lead his original song, “Good Enough for Me.”   April 5: St. John the Divine Anglican Church, North Bay, Ontario What: Monthly meeting of Anglican Church Women (ACW). Who: Women from the…

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Janice Beetle’s Blog and “Seasoned”

Posted On: December 4, 2017

Janice Beetle was the editor of Seasoned. Her gifts of skill, sensitivity, and professionalism helped to sharpen, shorten, and sweeten the narrative. I am deeply grateful to Janice for guiding me and supporting me to go deeper into my memories of my brother. New understandings of central themes in my life emerged from the back-and-forth process with Janice. We worked…

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