Don't Throw Away Your Stick till You Cross the River: The Journey of an Ordinary Man

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Vincent Beach seems an ordinary man from ordinary beginnings. Look deeper, however, and you'll discover a special human being. Vincent left his native Jamaica in 1944 and enlisted in the Royal Air Force. Yearning to be a jazz musician, he bought an old clarinet and practiced. Through his perseverance, he found his way to America and a career for 22 years as a bandsman in the U.S. Air Force. Becoming an educator, he served the children on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona, and later enjoyed teaching in community ...
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Overview

Vincent Beach seems an ordinary man from ordinary beginnings. Look deeper, however, and you'll discover a special human being. Vincent left his native Jamaica in 1944 and enlisted in the Royal Air Force. Yearning to be a jazz musician, he bought an old clarinet and practiced. Through his perseverance, he found his way to America and a career for 22 years as a bandsman in the U.S. Air Force. Becoming an educator, he served the children on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona, and later enjoyed teaching in community college. Share the joys and woes of an ordinary man in his storied autobiography.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589850767
  • Publisher: Five Star Publications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/17/2011
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Preface xv

Part 1 1924-1944

1 Foundation 3

2 Mas T 7

3 Miss Rosa 11

4 A Typical Day 15

5 Mea Culpa 19

6 Business Ventures 23

7 Other Lessons 27

8 Work 29

9 The Death of Mother 33

10 Goodbye, Jamaica 37

Part 2 1944-1956

11 The SS Cuba 47

12 Royal Air Force 51

13 First Time 53

14 Music 55

15 Practice Somewhere Else 59

16 Slowaway 63

17 Debut 67

18 A Campaign for America 69

19 Indianapolis 73

20 Hunter 77

21 Land of the Free? 81

22 Re-entry 85

23 United States Air Force 89

Part 3 1956-1977

24 My Search for a Bride 99

25 Murphy's Law 103

26 Two Sons 107

27 Texas 111

28 The Mexican Connection 115

29 Worries 119

30 Clark Air Force Base 123

31 Third Son 125

32 Bandsman in the Philippines 127

33 Fourth Son 131

34 Colorado 133

35 Olive Street 135

36 Quest for Education 139

37 The American Dream 143

38 Go Faster, Dad! 145

39 No Diagnosis 149

40 Retirement 151

41 Transitions 155

Part 4 1977-1984

42 Arizona 163

43 Lupus 167

44 Flight 169

45 Wings of the Dawn 173

46 Sanjay's Testimony 179

47 Divorce 181

48 Three Grown Sons 185

49 A Letter from my Heart 189

Part 5 1983 - Present

50 Kinlichee Principal 195

51 Flag Ceremony 199

52 Crossroads 203

53 Life Began Again 209

54 A New Home 213

55 Around the Table 217

56 New Life, New Work 221

57 Is This It? 225

58 Dreams 229

59 Go, My Son 233

60 Love you, Lal 237

61 John 15 243

62 Wide Receiver 247

63 Strings 251

64 Tattoo 253

65 La Forza del Destino 257

66 My Golden Years or This IS it! 261

67 Son-in-Love 265

68 Grandpa's Asleep 269

69 Daughter ant Friend 273

Thoughts of an Ordinary Man 277

The Family Circle 281

All Will Be Well 297

About the Author 299

About the Co-Author 301

About the Publisher 303

Eoiloeue - I'm Still Here 305

0015 309

Simple Box of Pine 313

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  • Posted March 23, 2010

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    You won't want to miss this book. Truly great story.

    DON'T THROW AWAY YOUR STICK TILL YOU CROSS THE RIVER
    (The Journey of an Ordinary Man)

    As you read this book you will find that Mr. Beach's life story is anything but ordinary. In fact it has been an extraordinary adventure for eighty plus years. I felt that in each chapter the author was trying to teach us all a lesson.

    Vincent was born in a small village called Knollis, in Jamaica. His family was poor but I feel he learned a lot of life's lessons that helped him as he grew. His mom was abusive, but always told him "Don't throw away you stick, till you cross the river." I found that bit of advice to be profound. His father was a quiet man that did not talk a lot but loved his kids. His family life was not one that was filled with affection. Yet as a child he longed for it.

    His thirst for knowledge would take him far in life; as well as his love for music. As in some non-fiction books there can be many lessons that we can take to our hearts and use it. This book is no exception.

    In my humble opinion this book is a must read. On a sad note I have found out that Vincent Collin Beach has passed away. But his life story is still alive and is still available for all to read and learn about this amazing man.

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