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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“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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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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“A Day in Micronesia,” a song by Tom Zink

Posted On: October 22, 2017

    “A Day in Micronesia” Note: A lava-lava is a traditional, full-length wraparound skirt, woven from hibiscus or pandanus fibers, more common in the atolls in the Caroline Islands than in the Mariana Islands.    

“May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You”

Posted On: October 18, 2017

Here are the RPCV Singers, accompanied by the Saipan Symphony of 18 Strings, singing the Meredith Willson  tune, “May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You.”  

Reading from Chapter 6: Living in Oleai

Posted On: July 11, 2017

At his Author Talk on May 16, 2017, in North Bay, Ontario, Tom Zink read a section from Chapter 6, “Moving On.” Tom’s description of how he began to learn the ways of a communal island culture is found on pages 121 and 122.  

“Good Enough for Me,” a simple, self-assertive song

Posted On: June 21, 2017

Tom Zink concluded his Author Talk at the North Bay Library on May 16, 2017, by “reading” one of his own original songs. “Good Enough for Me” is easy to learn, fun to sing, and conveys a simple, lighthearted way to stand up for yourself. Many thanks to Tessa Wood for recording this. You can read the story about how…

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