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A New Life In A New Land, Chapter 10 … A CAT, A RAT AND A NEW BORN SON, Part 2

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Caliope’s long reach gave her a big advantage in her fight-to-the-death struggle with the rat. But he was simply to big for her to bring down. Soon the fray turned into a bizarre boxing match in which she’d thrust, jab and … Continue reading

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A New Life In A New Land, Chapter 9 … A CAT, A RAT AND A NEW BORN SON, Part 1

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Moments come like snowflakes falling in a vast, dark forest. A few of these flakes freeze and hang suspended on limbs and shrubs, frozen as memories that linger long after the deed that created them has passed. We all have … Continue reading

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A New Life in a New Land, Chapter 4 … MY FIRST DAY IN THE FRAY

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My first day in the hurly-burly world of business took place in a small, windowless room. I spent a week in that tomb-like setting sitting in a suit and tie while adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing on various machines arrayed around me … Continue reading

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A New Life in a New Land, Chapter 3 … INTO THE FRAY

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The classified ad stated Monroe, The Calculator Company needed a salesman. I needed a job, and I figured sales would be a good place to start. So off I hustled to the library to find out something about Monroe. Monroe, it turned out, was an old, … Continue reading

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A New Life in a New Land, Chapter 2 … TIME’S UP!

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Up until that point I’d successfully avoided the necessity of getting a real job, aka a career! Sure, I’d had great part-time jobs and cozied-up to a full-time job when, for a year or so, I sold Kirby vacuum cleaners door-to-door for a couple weeks a month. In retrospect that wasn’t such a … Continue reading

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A New Life in a New Land, Chapter 1 … RAKING LEAVES IN FALLING SNOW

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It was late October in North Vancouver, Canada. My long underwear, wool watch-cap, wool shirt, wool scarf, wool gloves and old army field jacket didn’t help one bit! I was freezing to death and my teeth were clattering like a drunk flamenco dancer’s castanets! It … Continue reading

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Berkeley, the Sixties and Me, Part 26 … OH CANADA! OH NO!

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The world in 1970, at least its Berkeley version, existed in a parallel universe where science fiction fantasy morphed into reality … it truly deserved its nickname Bezerkley! For those of us living there through the late 60’s it felt like the revolution had actually come and that the American … Continue reading

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Berkeley, the Sixties and Me, Part 25 … HAULING A HI-JACKED U-HAUL

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“Whoopie, now you’re a Canadian, a “Landed Immigrant” … what next?” I asked myself as I drove back to Berkeley from the consulate in SF. “How are you going to get there? And what are you going to do when you get there?” True to … Continue reading

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Berkeley, the Sixties and Me, Part 24 … TRUDEAU TO THE RESCUE

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I didn’t expect my letter to get to Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau’s desk, but like the letter I’d written to LBJ several years earlier that had redeemed my butt during basic training at Fort Ord,my plea to the top produced magic! The rhetoric of my letter was simple, straightforward and, I … Continue reading

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Berkeley, the Sixties and Me, Part 23 … CANADA CALLS

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He had a fabulous pad … a large apartment on the upper floor of a beautiful craftsman style apartment building on the north side of campus. It had lead-glass built-ins, a great kitchen, a small office area … but its single, incomparable feature was a wall of west-facing … Continue reading

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