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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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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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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