Book Excerpt: Tata Lino and 1968 Peace Corps Training

Posted On: October 19, 2017

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…

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Book Excerpt: The Oleai Teacher’s Walk

Posted On: October 19, 2017

Book Excerpt: The Oleai Teachers’ Walk   From Chapter 6, Moving On (page 125):   With Saipan’s random unannounced power outages, electric clocks were not a reliable way to tell time. But within the Micronesian perception of time, stopped clocks were of little concern. The rhythm of their unhurried pace was a clear cultural message I sometimes struggled to keep…

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Book Excerpts: “Before” and “After” People

Posted On: September 8, 2017

Book Excerpts: “Before” and “After” People   From Chapter 5, Closing Down (page 83): The events of October 19, 1961, would soon define two kinds of people in my life: “before” people who had known Steve and knew me as his younger brother, and “after” people who did not know Steve. A girl named Carol, the daughter of a Lutheran…

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