I laughed and made a face when I read the title my web designer and friend Dorothea gave my home page: “A Lifetime of Adventure.”
“No, it’s true,” she said, “You have done many things in your life that others haven’t and being a writer has framed your view of the world.”
Sister-in-law Betty Kruhm told me how much she likes an email sig line I used, a Mark Twain quote: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.”
I believe it! As an Army brat I tasted life in Hawaii and New Mexico and then enjoyed an education career whose primary focus was to enable young people with disabilities. Along the way there were trips to the UK, Iceland, and Germany, travel to China when daughter Hope and son-in-law Chuck lived there. Then eventually four trips to Africa to befriend a Maasai safari guide and his family; they made us honorary members of the Liaram family. From these travels I helped raise money for a well in Oltorotua, Kenya, and worked to support several young Kenyan women so they could send back the ripples from their education into their own communities. All these experiences enriched my life and encouraged me toward social action in my hometown of Frederick, Maryland, and the larger world.
When I was writing Coping with Discrimination & Prejudice, journalist Sam Fulwood III told me, “I think it’s impossible to walk in someone else’s shoes, but we can empathize with others.” That quote appears in the book and I have carried it with me. No matter the situation or what I write, my goal is to identify with others and enjoy the interconnectedness of our world.
From Bhante Sujatha: May you be well, happy, & peaceful (in Maasai: Tobiko esupat, tenchipai o tosotua)