Terry Marshall and Ann Garretson Marshall
“A love story you’ll never forget.”
– Hope Edelman, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Motherless Daughters
A Rendezvous to Remember
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    Some gifts are too special to be used—or, in this case, to be worn. My commemorative Shanksville t-shirt is one of those. It was a gift from Bud Sigg (the father of my friend Jack), who sent it as a memento of Pennsylvania’s place in the history of the 9-11 attacks....

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    MACARTHUR WADES ASHORE IN LEYTE: REMEMBRANCES OF DAYS PASSEDMost folks have seen the iconic World War II (WWII) photo of Gen. Douglas MacArthur striding through the water in his khakis, shoes soaking wet, right? Well, roll back the newsreels: This week marks another historical date we can’t forget: Leyte Landing Day, October 20, 1944, when American troops led by General MacArthur landed near present-day Tacloban City, Leyte in the Philippines. Thus began the long, slow, tough advance up that island chain toward Japan during World War II.That event and MacArthur himself both evoke indelible memories for us.FIRST, Terry and I lived in Tacloban for two years as Peace Corps Volunteers in the mid-1960s. We have visited the very beach where MacArthur landed and have seen the decrepit landing boats slowly decaying in the tide. And our Filipino friends have shared vivid stories from their own lives during WWII.SECOND, General MacArthur was a particular hero for my would-be soul mate, Jack Sigg, who once sent me the full recording of a 40-minute speech MacArthur had delivered at West Point in 1962—a powerful speech rooted in the West Point motto: DUTY, HONOR, AND COUNTRY.“Those three hallowed words,” MacArthur intoned, “reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying points to build courage when courage seems to fail, to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith, to create hope when hope becomes forlorn.”“However horrible the incidents of war may be,” he went on, “The soldier who is called upon to give his life for country is the noblest development of mankind.”Jack found the speech inspiring. Me? I shivered at the implication of those words as they came over a scratchy audiotape letter to me that day—for him, for me, and for any wife, parent, friend, or relative of a soldier. It wasn’t the most romantic letter Jack ever sent, but it left a deep impact.Our memoir, A RENDEZVOUS TO REMEMBER, is a cheerful celebration of Jack’s more romantic side, and his love of nature and adventure, especially when they involved other cultures and other lands. The book is available in hardbound, paperback, Kindle, and now, as an audiobook. We encourage you to choose your own medium and to get acquainted with Jack and with Terry and me in our younger . . . and yes, wilder days.Meanwhile, we invite you to join us for other memorable moments from our time on Pacific Islands: To see the sprawling, breath-taking Banaue rice terraces hand-carved into the mountains of the northern Philippines . . . To celebrate independence with Tuvalu, the second smallest country in the world (by population), now threatened with extinction as climate change unrelentingly eats away at this tiny island country . . . To travel to out-of-the-way places—like Plum Pudding Island, where daring Solomon Islanders rescued JFK after the Japanese navy sunk his P-T boat in WWII; to Funafuti, Tuvalu, where Louis Zamperini (the subject of Laura Hillenbrand’s remarkable biography, Unbroken) took off on his fateful flight; to WW II battle sites on Tarawa and Guadalcanal.Click here to visit these places on our website at terryannmarshall.com/terrys-blog-uncensored/ .—Ann ... See MoreSee Less
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    A NIGHT TO REMEMBER:JFK FORESHADOWS THE PEACE CORPSHere’s a date we shouldn’t forget: Thursday, October 14, 1960. The setting: the hard-fought presidential campaign, Kennedy v. Nixon.That night, after campaigning tirelessly since dawn, JFK flew into Ann Arbor for a rally at the University of Michigan. He was late. It was 2 a.m. But 10,000 students remained on hand to greet him—yep, TEN THOUSAND! His short speech challenged those present “to contribute part of your life to this country.”He took that challenge a step further at his inauguration: “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”And he cemented it into action 38 days later on March 1, 1961 with an executive order creating the Peace Corps. This wasn’t empty talk. He meant business. By late August, the first volunteers were on their way to Ghana and Tanzania. Since then, more than 240,000 volunteers have served in 142 countries.Today, no Peace Corps volunteers are serving overseas. To protect them from COVID-19, the Peace Corps evacuated all 6,982 volunteers in February and March and brought them home.Despite the hasty exit, the Peace Corps lives on. The Biden budget sets aside $410.5 million for Fiscal Year 2022. The agency says it will send Volunteers to Belize in 2022.For us—for Ann and me—we celebrate October 14 because those seeds JFK planted that night 61 years ago in Michigan took root and changed our lives.More details on our seven years in the Peace Corps . . . and a few of our favorite photos at bit.ly/2WSox1o ... See MoreSee Less
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    Aeii, Time’s Running Out!
    May 26, 1964, Boulder, Colorado. Time’s running out! Annie leaves next week for Europe. She’ll be gone all summer . . . with that stud lieutenant in Germany. How did we ever get ourselves into this fix?—Terry https://terryannmarshall.com/the-rendezvous-log/

    A Fine Parting Shot
    May 29, 1964, Boulder, Colorado. It took some cajoling, but Annie let me take a glamour shot of her. Her response: “OK, if it’s the Clothed Maja you want me to model and not that au naturel one you’re always raving about.”—Terry https://terryannmarshall.com/the-rendezvous-log/

    Saturday, May 16, 1964, Boulder, Colorado. Terry: On this day, 57 years ago, our excursion to Boulder Creek etched an image in my mind that will live forever: Lucky me. I saw Botticelli’s Birth of Venus come to life. #ARendezvoustoRemember https://terryannmarshall.com/relive-the-memories-with-us/

    Our fingers touched, as if drawn together by magnets. Electricity sizzled. Not as profound as God giving Adam the spark of life, but palpable enough to kindle a warm burn in the pit of my stomach. —Ann, Ch02, A Rendezvous to Remember, https://terryannmarshall.com/glimpses-quotes-of-note/

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