Resurfacing . . .

Posted On: August 14, 2019

It’s About Time   Yes, it is about time for me to resurface here on this blog and publish some new information related to my memoir, Seasoned. Today’s post is about an event that took place while I was on Saipan in the Peace Corps. I wrote about it in Chapter 6, “Moving On.” Since those Peace Corps years were…

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Saipan Dispatch #6: Ontario Maple Syrup — on Saipan!

Posted On: April 10, 2019

Sweet Gifts Yes, you read that right! Genuine Ontario maple syrup made an appearance on Saipan when my son, Jody, and I visited there in early January. Hard to imagine anything more foreign (exotic?) than maple syrup on a tropical island. But as a small token of friendship and appreciation for our long-time Saipanese friends, I had packed along about…

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Steve’s Memorial Cross: a new photo

Posted On: April 6, 2019

Some background For those of you who have read my book, you might recall a paragraph near the end of Chapter Four, “Taking Away,” about Steve’s memorial cross at St. Thomas church in Rocky River, Ohio: “Donations in Steve’s memory poured in to the church. After some discussion with Pastor Streufert, Dad and Mom agreed on a memorial gift of…

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Saipan Dispatch #5: The 2nd Radio Interview

Posted On: February 25, 2019

“Your Humanities Half-Hour” talk show In Saipan Dispatch #3 I mentioned that after our first radio talk show on KKMP on the Wednesday of our week on Saipan, I met Catherine Perry, Lino Olopai’s friend from the Northern Marianas Humanities Council. Cat asked if she could interview Lino and me about the Peace Corps years on Saipan and to talk about…

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Book Excerpt: Tata Lino and 1968 Peace Corps Training

Posted On: February 9, 2019

Book Excerpt: Tata Lino and 1968 Peace Corps Training From Chapter 6, Moving On (pages 112-113):   Most of our language teachers spoke Chamorro as their first language. Lino Olopai and Louis Wabol were two teachers whose mother tongue was the Carolinian language. Lino was a twenty-eight-year-old husband and father of four boys who had been a Saipan police officer…

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“Upon the Hill”

Posted On: February 9, 2019

A favorite Saipanese folk song among the Peace Corps trainees on Rota during the summer of 1968 was this song, “Upon the hill lies the village of the place that I love best, In my home in Saipan.” This recording of the song was made when Tom was on Saipan in January 2019 with Ping Limes on guitar and vocals,…

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Saipan Dispatch #4: Island Images

Posted On: February 4, 2019

I looked back over my earlier Saipan Dispatches and noticed a dearth of photos. So here are a few more island images to convey a sense of the people, places and things we saw during our week on the island. Typhoon Yutu As I described here, super typhoon Yutu struck Saipan and Tinian October 24-25, about ten weeks before we…

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Saipan Dispatch #3A: “Seasoned” on Saipan (revised Jan 21)

Posted On: January 21, 2019

In my earlier post about my donation to the Saipan public library, I wanted to include the group photo at the library that I mentioned in that post, but it just arrived this afternoon. So, better late than never, here it is:   In the back row are Lino Olopai, library director Erlinda Naputi, Jody and me, holding a copy…

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Saipan Dispatch #3: “Seasoned” on Saipan

Posted On: January 19, 2019

Seasoned Arrives on Saipan (updated Jan. 21) This is a story of Seasoned and serendipity on Saipan. It began 15 months ago in Santa Fe, NM, where our Carolinian friends, Lino Olopai and Joe “Ping” Limes, came from Saipan to join our Peace Corps reunion. Lino and Ping returned to Saipan with copies of my book to bring to the…

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Saipan Dispatch #2: on the radio

Posted On: January 13, 2019

KKMP Radio Talk Show Joe “Ping” Limes is a frequent guest on a radio talk show on KKMP Saipan (92.1 FM, 1440 AM). As soon as we arrived on Sunday, Ping started hatching a plan for Lino Olopai and Jody and me to join him on the talk show on Wednesday morning at 7:30. He wanted us to share some…

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