An unpromising boy from the hills of Oklahoma, had a personal epiphany that exploded into a pursuit for knowledge and truth. He died at age 94 leaving behind a trail of changed lives. This book is a collection of stories from the peaks of his rich experience.
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Let me introduce myself.... I didn't come along until 1927, but my parents chose an auspicious place for my birth. They chose Skedee, Oklahoma. The exclusivity of my place of birth has permitted me to hold my head high on all occasions. For those of us who are culturally aware, being born in Oklahoma is a secret form of royalty. I started out to be an educator and a minister, but somewhere along the way I caught a detour that led me in a new direction. Following that uncertain journey, I discovered a new occupation—writing. Today, I sit at my computer, look across a beautiful lake, and I write. I have traveled the world. I have lived in Japan, South Africa and Canada. I have visited more than 60 countries of the world, but there is no place like home. Now I live in Fort Towson, Oklahoma on a small lake—Lake Raymond Gary. It is a small democracy of gracious common people with whom I am honored to live in community. Life Capsules -- The skeleton in the closet was a surprise to the author. He discovered that his maternal grandfather had been a principal in the 1917 Green Corn Rebellion in Oklahoma, and was sent to prison for his involvement. Grandpa Morris was famous for his political philosophy but more so for his humorous stories. He was a favorite of the neighborhood children. -- He was in Havana, Cuba the week before Castro seized power. A car loaded with rebels sprayed the street with machine gun fire as he ducked into a doorway for safety. -- In 1945 the author was drafted into the US Army. Although he was scheduled to fight in the Battle of the Bulge, when the war in Europe ended abruptly he was re-routed to Japan. He was one of the first US soldiers to experience the devastation of the atomic bombs in both Nagasaki and Hiroshima. -- In the mid 1950s, desegregation was the hot issue. The author decided to attempt to enroll in an all-black university. He chose Atlanta University, a prestigious black institution. He was successful, and became the first white student to explore the reverse reality of prejudice. -- He visited a leper colony in Swaziland and toured the small leper village as a guest of the director of the colony. He recalls being served luncheon by lepers. Education U. of NM (M.A. in Philosophy) N.T.S. (B.D. in Theology) U. of Kansas (Doc. Studies, Human Relations.) U. of Denver (Ed.D., in Higher Ed.) I.S.T. (Th.D., in Sociology of Rel.) Atlanta U. (Social Work)
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