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Posted June 30, 2013
Phyl Manning is a person who has not spent her life in front of the tube. Rather, despite a fairly middle-class childhood in the Midwest (or perhaps because of it) in her adult life she has sought out experiences that most of us only see in documentaries. Many occur in far-away locations around the world.
Some of her travel was for vacation but more was required for jobs she held working with students abroad. Places she has visited or worked in include the Western Pacific (Saipan and Ponape), Southeast Asia (Thailand), Nepal, Sri Lanka, Africa, and even Italy.
In this book you will read about her experiences trying to adapt to these lands while teaching, and also about remote jungle camping; flying in questionably-maintained airplanes; swimming in waters inhabited by sharks, morays, and other curious (and perhaps hungry) predators, commuting by elephant; photographing leopards at play; and getting lost on unfamiliar roads at night in a land whose language she did not speak.
Decades of teaching English are evident in Phyl's writing. She is able to combine grammatical precision with a warm and inviting style whose unpretentious elegance never draws attention to itself. Phyl writes about her adventures in exotic places with exotic peoples interacting with exotic animals---and she writes for her readers, not for some college professor.
Phyl's gentle passion for animals, such as the elephants she has known as well as for her beloved big cats, will encourage a renewed interest in preserving all the creatures in God's wondrous Creation.
I enthusiastically recommend Here, There and Otherwhere Vol 1 for a remarkable woman's insight which will give you renewed hope for a remarkable world.