Category Archives: interviews

Peace Corps Postcard #2-Cultural Exchange

This is the second installment in my mother’s stories about being a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tunisia. In comments to her first piece, many asked how this came about. My father was a poultry farmer who retired from farming in 1982. … Continue reading

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Proud Mother: Honors Day

It was the second time in less than two weeks that I had the privilege of sitting in Rosse Hall. Accustomed to traveling to Kenyon College for tennis matches,  I switched my purple fleece and blue jeans for dress clothes. … Continue reading

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Help Send Lesley Carter ‘Round the World!

Nothing will stop adventure seeker and blogger Lesley Carter.  I’m not sure how we first connected in the blogosphere but I have been an avid armchair traveling companion ever since.  Now she’s entered in a contest and has asked her … Continue reading

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On the Trail of the Ancestors: The Buffalo Soldiers

The last  excerpt from my book, On the Trail of the Ancestors: A Black Cowboy’s Journey Across America brings Miles Dean to New Mexico where he honored the Buffalo Soldiers.  From Ch. 19:  Retracing the Steps of the Buffalo Soldiers Using the … Continue reading

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On the Trail of the Ancestors: The US Deputy Marshals

This week’s  excerpt from my book, On the Trail of the Ancestors: A Black Cowboy’s Journey Across America brings Miles Dean to Arkansas where he remembered the black US Deputy Marshals.  From Ch. 13: Imagining Bass Reeve After crossing the Mississippi into … Continue reading

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On the Trail of the Ancestors: Excerpt Three- The Black Jockeys

This week’s  excerpt from my book, On the Trail of the Ancestors: A Black Cowboy’s Journey Across America brings Miles Dean to Kentucky where he honored the black jockeys, America’s first athletes.   From Ch. 11: In the Saddle with Jimmy Winkfield … Continue reading

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On the Trail of the Ancestors: Excerpt Two: The Black Abolitionists

  This week’s excerpt from On the Trail of the Ancestors: A Black Cowboy’s Journey Across America  comes from Ch. 6, Meeting the Black Abolitionists and brings us to Philadelphia.  …Grateful for the tree canopy on the unusually warm day, Miles hugged the shade … Continue reading

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Book Excerpt: On the Trail of the Ancestors: A Black Cowboy’s Ride Across America

It’s Black History Month.  While I can argue that honoring African American history should be celebrated year-round, I’d be taking on greeting card makers, postage stamp designers, and education publishers who’ve created materials for this month. Given I have a … Continue reading

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Ed Kane: Pearl Harbor Survivor

December 7, 2012 marked the 61st anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. I interviewed Ed Kane, 92, about his experiences for JerseyMan magazine. Kane is one of about 3,500 remaining survivors of the Pearl Harbor attack.  Prepared to talk … Continue reading

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New Jersey’s Young Mayors: James Kern III & Alex Torpey

James Kern III and Alex Torpey have things in common few under 25-year-olds do. As mayors of New Jersey towns, they’re embroiled in the everyday details of local government: trash collection, leaf and snow removal, planning and zoning, public health … Continue reading

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