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The Journey – Day Two

Posted On: September 21, 2017

September 20, 2017: from Erie, PA, to Avon, Ohio and . . .   When I arrived in the Cleveland area, my first stop was Silver Fox flower shop on Detroit Road. The clerk assembled two colorful fall-themed bouquets for me for my next stop: Elmhurst Park Cemetery in Avon, where Dad, Mom and Steve are buried. The flower vases…

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The Journey – Day One

Posted On: September 21, 2017

September 19, 2017: from Campbell Ave., North Bay, ON, to Comfort Inn, Erie, PA   Why Erie, PA, you may well ask? At least two reasons: I wanted a place to stop in between the hectic pace of planning and packing and preparing for the trip and the many activities awaiting me in Cleveland. A place where I could hit…

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A journey from the present to the past . . . and back again

Posted On: September 17, 2017

(Note: page references from Seasoned: A Memoir of Grief and Grace appear in bold.) A Remarkable Journey A remarkable journey awaits me beginning Tuesday, September 19th. It will be one part book tour, one part visits with family and friends, and one part reunion with companions from my years with the Peace Corps in Micronesia. For those first two parts…

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Tom Zink’s Author Talk in Chicago, September 24

Posted On: September 10, 2017

Tom will present an Author Talk about his book, Seasoned: A Memoir of Grief and Grace, at LaSalle Street Church in Chicago on Sunday, September 24, 2017. Judi Zink, Tom’s sister, is hosting the event, following the 11:00 a.m. service. Lunch will be provided. The church is located at 1136 North LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL 60610. Announcement in the church’s newsletter,…

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Tom Zink returns on Sept 22 to Lutheran West to talk about his memoir

Posted On: September 8, 2017

“Lunch and Learn” with Tom Zink on Lutheran West Homecoming weekend Tom returns to his high school alma mater on Friday, September 22, 2017, to talk about his book, Seasoned: A Memoir of Grief and Grace. The “Lunch and Learn” program ($12 per person) begins at 11:00 a.m. at Lutheran High School West (LHSW) in Rocky River, Ohio. Tom’s brother…

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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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Author Talk at North Bay Regional Health Centre, August 30

Posted On: August 18, 2017

National Grief Awareness Day, August 30 Tom will present an “author talk” as part of the North Bay Regional Health Centre‘s observance of National Grief Awareness Day on Wednesday, August 30.  A memorial service for families who have lost a loved one in the past year precedes the author talk. The hospital’s Chaplaincy Department is sponsoring these two events. Celebration…

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Book review of “Seasoned: A Memoir of Grief and Grace”

Posted On: August 4, 2017

Peace Corps Worldwide book review of Tom Zink’s memoir Peace Corps Worldwide has just published a book review of Seasoned: A Memoir of Grief and Grace in its online magazine. You can read the review here. Peace Corps Worldwide celebrates the Peace Corps experience by publishing stories from around the world by Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), and Peace Corps…

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Bonus Scenes: Chapter 6, “Moving On” (Part 2)

Posted On: July 23, 2017

Oleai Elementary School The school where Tom taught in his first Peace Corps year had been a Japanese communications center before and during World War Two (page 118). Students from kindergarten to grade 7 walked to school here from their homes in the village. This is the only photo known to exist of Tom Zink teaching his students at Oleai…

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