The true story of rafting the Upper Yangtze River from the source, at 17,400 feet elevation in the great Himalayan glaciers, to the city of Yibin. The dream was to be the first expedition to travel the 2,000 miles of uncharted water. But the death of a teammate, a so-called mutiny, and several all-Chinese rafting teams racing ahead of the expedition in an attempt to be first, turn a perfect trip into a voyage of drama, disaster and unexpected challenges.
“Guerrilla Priest” is based on the memoirs my parents wrote of their experiences in the Philippines in World War II. At the beginning of World War II, Al Griffiths was priest-in-charge of St. Paul’s Mission in Balbalasang, Kalinga, the Episcopal Church’s most isolated mission. With the support of Chief Puyao, Griffiths helped organize the first guerrilla resistance to the Japanese in northern Luzon. When the Japanese threatened to execute him, Griffiths and his family spent a year and a half hiding in the forest, but were captured in March 1943 and interned in Camp Holmes, then at the Bilibid Prison in Manila. General MacArthur’s 37th Infantry liberated them in February 1945.
Chaos cluttered the streets of New York City back then, which in the 1960s was all about Burn, Baby, Burn, especially in the ghetto neighborhoods where buildings were being incinerated. The cops were pigs. Revolutionaries were stirring up trouble on the Lower East Side. Squatters moved in everywhere. Lots of heroin was going down. And the French Connection was strong. The city was a place where nobody gave a rat’s ass about anybody but themselves.
…So begins the story of “A Collection of Bummer Summers.”
On October 1, 1962, the day Don showed up for his first day of work, no one had told the city’s staff he’d been hired. Ernie Zurbuchen, the city recorder/municipal judge welcomed him with the challenge, ‘Who are you?’ “At my first council meeting,” Don Davis explained, “I was told, ‘We are passing two resolutions tonight. The first gives you the power to write checks, but there isn’t any money. The other is that we are disbanding all our committees.'”
“There were in excess of 18 million people in the military service in World War II. Many of these men and women had difficult, stressful, and unpleasant times in their service. I was very fortunate. Although I participated in combat for several days, my service was mostly not difficult or demanding. After active duty, I served for 24 years in the Naval Reserve. Those years were an important part of my life and have provided benefits to all members of the family.” –David A. Goldsmith
“Hankering For The Way It Was is about me trying to grow up on a large farm during the 1940s and 1950s. It is about the dangers, the losses, and some of the fun, too. I loved my dogs, my 1949 Red Ryder BB gun, my genuine four-strand lariat, Saturday’s double-feature movies, and the joy of trying to keep my hardworking dad awake in church. ” — Roger G. Ritchey
On the back of seahorses’ eyes is a tapestry of wonder and of words, poems, tales, memoirs, that open the reader to the possibilities of universes within universes. Don Cauble, a spiritual traveler, takes us on the journey from the early 1960s–when he was young but already wise–to the present.
Michele, an attorney married for 20+ years to a fisherman living in Newport, Oregon, gave herself the task of keeping a journal to record the day-to-day adventurous and dangerous life. She began writing on Monday, December 11, 2000. But in December 2001, personal tragedy struck the Eder family and their crew, sending them on a path of hopelessness and despair, and ultimately questioning their love of the sea. This book gives the reader a unique insight of living and working on the edge of danger.