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How the Winds Laughed

Sometimes the wind caressed my cheek as softly as my lover, but at other times it whipped across my face, screamed in my ears, drove buckets of stinging sea water into my eyes, and filled me with terror at its power and my insignificance.

My husband, Pete Eastman, and I had set out to sail around the world in Wa, our 28-foot boat. We had planned a great adventure. We achieved a knowledge of ourselves, through our knowledge of the sea and the other peoples of the earth, that we never had expected. I came to realize that I was both one with the earth and also its steward. It is this quality of stewardship that is vital to all of us—all seven billion human beings on the planet—today.

How the Winds Laughed: Sailing Around the World in a 28-Foot Boat mixes the high adventure of escaping a hurricane in the St. Georges Channel, adds a dash of humor with the chewing of betel nut at Samari, and stirs in a cup of courage and resourcefulness in dealing with Portuguese man o’ war poisoning at Cocos Island. It simmers these ingredients into a tale of friendships with Mr. and Mrs. Saua Taruia and the villagers of Omoka, Noere and Tekitonga of Abaiang, Father Barry Fletcher, Joseph of Nauru, and, most of all, with Mike Thurston of Rabaul. In the Seychelles, halfway around the world, Pete heard a new great adventure calling to him—the siren song of Cynthia Bouman, which changed both of our lives forever.


You'll Never Make the Grade, Dear

Five-year-old Clara believes being very good will buy her mother's love. If she tries hard enough, she can pull her mother off the knife blade of her anger. But Amelia is enmeshed in a struggle with husband George and has little time for the child. When Amelia faces a second radical mastectomy and believes she is going to die, she rejects George and turns to Clara for help. They go through letters and other papers, burning them, and Clara finds and hides a journal. In it she discovers that Amelia was raped by her father.