We continue memoir month with SheWritesPress’, THE MAGIC OF MEMOIR 3.0. This time we’re reading Mary K. Jensen’s, RUDY’S RULES for TRAVEL: Life Lessons From Around the Globe.
Most honeymoons, Mary knows, do not start this way. Lying outside on the sloping attic roof in Edinburgh, listening to the soft snores of her groom, she realizes that Rudy’s number one rule, “adapt,” once again reigns.
RUDY’S RULES FOR TRAVEL takes you across the twentieth-century globe with intrepid, frugal Rudy and his spouse Mary, a catastrophic thinker seeking comfort. Whether stalled in a Spanish car tunnel, stranded atop a runaway elephant, or held at rifle-point at a Soviet border, Rudy has a rule for every occasion―for example, “Relax, some kind stranger will appear.” Mary, meanwhile, has her deep breathing and her own commandment: “Expect the worst.”
The two are a picture of contrast. As Mary was being born, Rudy was a new American citizen flying US Air Force missions over his homeland, Germany. His father was a seaman, hers an accountant. And when this marriage of opposites goes traveling, their stories combine laugh-out-loud humor with poignant lessons from the odyssey of a World War II veteran. So start packing―you’ll want to join these two.
I’ve been fortunate to travel around the world and it’s always interesting to read a fellow traveler’s experiences. We traveled in different ways to other parts of the globe, but the same humor can be shared by anyone who has packed their bags and left home for a jaunt. The real lesson in traveling is realizing all of us are basically the same and have the same needs. Unfortunately, many peoples basic need aren’t met.
Mary K. Jensen, PhD is a recovering grants writer. After retiring as Professor Emerita from California State University, Chico, she ventured into her attic and pulled out boxes of trip diaries—raw material for her memoir. Jensen earned her master’s degree at Loyola Marymount University and her doctorate at the University of Oregon, where she was an analyst and author for the federal research clearinghouse ERIC. With experience in teaching, school psychology, administration, and teacher preparation, she has been a popular writer and conference speaker, skilled in translating research findings to school practice. She is a survivor—of cancer twice, and of decades of travel with her irrepressible spouse. She lives in northern California where she relishes her writing group, book clubs, poetry group, walks and friendships.
Visit her at http://www.marykjensen.com.
Thanks to SheWritesPress we have one copy of RUDY’S RULES for TRAVEL to giveaway. Just tell us about one of your favorite trips.
We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.
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