WATERMEN’S STORY SWAP – Friday, 2/24/2017


garrett-ruth-1950s-or-60s                              Garrett Ruth, mid-20th century , Courtesy Chad Horney

When Queen Anne’s County Watermen’s Association President Troy Wilkins and I asked the officers of our local VFW Post 7464 if they’d be willing to host our 2017 storytelling event, they didn’t hesitate. I think we all saw how an event like ours might provide  an  opportunity  for the general public to gain insight into a local industry that is an important component of our history and cultural heritage.

The Story Swap format has been presented successfully in the past – the Kent Island Heritage Society hosted an event a few years ago, and I led a well-received panel at the Chesapeake Storytelling Festival in April 2016.

This time, however, we’re adding a few components to the great panel of Queen Anne’s watermen lined up to participate in the Story Swap.

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Books read in 2016-2

Ek Raasta Hai Jindagi

Click here to read the first of the series.


To continue with the list.

11) Don’t ask any old bloke for directions by P G Tenzing- A funny narration of motorcycle trip across India

12)  The Snow Leopard by Pat Heinessen – Probably the best book of the year, will try another Heinessen book soon.

13) Three Cups of tea by Grey Mortenson- Amazing account of a man building schools in remote Pakistan

14) Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau- Another of Thoreau’s well know work.

15)The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobsen- Winner of the man booker prize in 2010, personally I did not enjoy this book much.

16) Divasvapna by Gijubhai Badhek- A wonderful take on education system

17) The picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde- Widely acclaimed, enjoyed it thoroughly.

18) Annapurna South Face by Chris Bonington- I like books on mountains, enjoyed this one.

19) The…

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