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Choices Lead to Juicy Stories

Ready for some juicy stories? You’ve come to the right place. Hello and welcome! Drop your backpack and settle in for conversation and stories—the kind to be retold around the campfire, or at a family reunion: How did an angry letter almost get Terry kicked out of the University of Colorado? How did Ann wind up driving her soldier-boyfriend’s shiny Sting Ray convertible into a ditch on the way to Saint-Tropez?

How, indeed? A lot of our stories—yours and ours, all of us—come down to choices we make. If only I had said this, or done that, things would have turned out differently . . . How many times have you heard that—or thought it? And many of us have had unanticipated adventures out of carefully thought through—or random—choices we have made. All make for juicy stories!

Life is all about choices—what to be when we grow up, whom to marry, what to do on Saturday night, how to respond to a bully, how to protect an ideal. Some choices send us down pathways we never imagined, some good, some bad, all of them lessons in life.

We started capturing our stories when Terry stuffed a bunch of our juiciest tales into his Ph.D. dissertation, trying to figure out how to bring about change in his hometown, things like battling prejudice, blatant discrimination, and crippling poverty. It’s available on inter-library loan from Cornell University . . . but that’s not very accessible.

Soda Springs Novel

Pivot from dissertation to fiction—with a twist

So next Terry made up a fictional character, a college guy from a place a lot like his hometown, and put him and his pals into conflict with the local leaders over discrimination against Mexican-Americans. It’s a rollicking coming of age tale that weaves love and sex into the previously untold story of the Chicano battle for civil rights in the 1960s.

The story includes a lot of choices, some good, some off the wall, all of them juicy stories and part of a good read.

Our Memoir Explores Sixties Social Change . . . through More Juicy Stories

And now, we’ve returned to non-fiction—A Rendezvous to Remember, a memoir that retraces the bumpy trail of how we came to marry, a choice that set us on a path to adventures around the world: the Philippines, Mexico, Canada, the Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Fiji, Nauru, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Puerto Rico, Peru, Argentina, Guatemala, Cuba, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Costa Rica, and Italy, Germany, France, and other destinations in Europe. And more juicy stories.

We think this is one of our best stories yet, so come join us.

We don’t know you, but here we are, front door wide open, inviting you into our lives. We’ve opened the whole house to you—living room; attic and basement; kitchen with a few dirty dishes; the closets; even that magical mirror in the hall—a portal into our past. In short, we’ve bared everything: Our memoir, A Rendezvous to Remember, is chock full of juicy stories. Some, funny. Some, thrilling. Some, sad. Some, embarrassing. Some, alas, shocking.

All of them hinge on choices we’ve made along the way. Some may spark memories of your own.

The road to A Rendezvous to Remember began with a simple question, “How should we celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary?” With a straight face, Terry said, “Let’s redo the trip that you and Jack Sigg took in the summer of ’64. You and me. Together.” Ann’s response: “What, are you nuts?”

And a Memoir Is Born . . .

Apparently, we’re both nuts, because fifty years after the fact, we re-traced Ann’s European trip with her soldier-boyfriend and turned the summer of 1964 into a memoir.

On the trip re-do and in the writing we scoured our memories, our letters, old newspapers and resurrected nuggets that neither of us knew or fully understood at the time. Others were juicy secrets we had buried that none of our families or friends knew—until now. Embarrassing or not, these stories and the choices we made insisted on coming back to life as part of our story.

So welcome to our new meeting place, where we share our best stories. Bring your friends. And if you want to travel back in time with us to our first adventure of a  lifetime—once we get our latest book, A Rendezvous to Remember, published—and sign up for our occasional news flashes below.

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    She’s all business—this masked nurse poised to give me my Covid-19 shot.I roll up my sleeve. She swabs my arm. Brandishes a needle. Her face is hidden, but her eyes speak volumes. She sees an arm, not a person.But then, I ask, “Pilipina ka ba?” (‘Are you Filipina?”)Her eyes sparkle: beautiful eyes, responsive eyes. “Oo!” (“Yes!”) she says. “You speak Tagalog?”I don’t—not anymore. “Guitiay la!” I tell her—“A little bit.” “Aeii . . . You speak Waray-Waray!” she says. (Waray-Waray is a language from the central Philippines, from Leyte. It’s not the same as Tagalog.)“Well, some, but it’s been a long time,” I tell her. Instantly we’re friends. We chat. She grew up in the States. But her mother immigrated from Tacloban City, Leyte—the town where Annie and I lived for two years as Peace Corps Volunteers in the mid-60s.We left Tacloban more than five decades ago, but the memories come flooding back: Annie and I dressed up for a formal banquet at my school; me dancing the Tinikling with fellow teacher Alma Aletin; many others, too many to list.Those two years in the Philippines changed our lives. They plunged us into life in a totally difficult culture, taught us to communicate in a different language. We discovered that the American way of life isn’t the only way of life—and that these differences are wonderful. We caught the travel bug, and we’ve since traveled in 43 countries. And we made life-long friends. (The other photo is of Rene Junia, now a US citizen, formerly an outstanding student at Leyte Institute of Technology, where I taught.)For Annie and me, those two years were only the beginning of our Peace Corps years. We later became Peace Corps country co-directors in the Solomon Islands, Kiribati, and Tuvalu in the South Pacific, followed by my two years working in the Washington DC headquarters. And it became a family thing for us Marshalls—my mother was a Volunteer in Antigua; my brother and his wife in Kenya; our nephew in Kyrgyzstan.Today, alas, the Peace Corps is in a hiatus: no volunteers overseas. Nearly a year ago, in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the agency pulled all 7,500 volunteers out of their assignments and brought them home.Tomorrow—March 1—will be the 60th anniversary of the Peace Corps. On March 1, 1961, President John Kennedy signed an executive order that created the agency. In those 60 years, more than 240,000 Volunteers have served in 142 countries.The Peace Corps isn’t dead. In Washington, a core staff labors on. They’re rethinking the Peace Corps’ role in today’s world. They’ve signed agreements to send Volunteers abroad again . . . as soon as the world gets a handle on Covid-19. Tomorrow, Annie and I will uncork a bottle of good wine and toast both the past and the future of the Peace Corps. Join us!P.S. Those of you with sharp eyes will notice a bandage on Terry’s left foot in one of these photos. Let’s just say that the Tinikling requires severe concentration. See an example of this dance in action: youtu.be/kckR6wf5xe8?list=RDFd52AkGu65E ... See MoreSee Less
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