Go-Back Club Newsbooklet
We gather current news articles and creative ideas from our members and consider them for publication in our newspaper. If you submit an article or letter to the editor, please specify how you’d like to be credited (full name, first name, initials or anonymous) and let us know how we can reach you in case there are questions such as credits for quotes or for clarification and accuracy.
Quotes We Like:
“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”
“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed.”
“And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.”
Khalil Gibran, "The Prophet"
“Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.”
Henry David Thoreau, "Walden"
"The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope."
“There's a time for daring and there's a time for caution, and a wise man understands which is called for.”
Robin Williams, "Dead Poets Society"
One of our goals is to see our members’ articles fill the pages of our newspaper. Active members submit news articles, poetry and photos they consider important or beautiful (or both). We do our best to keep the mood of the paper up-beat and prefer stories showing that beneficial change is not only happening but that we are indeed making progress toward our “Dream of the Earth” (title of a book by Thomas Berry reminding us that all life has a right to flourish).
Welcome to our new members in March.
We now have 192 members in 20 states, Washington, D.C., two Canadian provinces, Korea and Nigeria. Please share our website and out newsbooklet with your friends. As Pete Seeger sang, "Every new one makes us stronger." Membership in our "Club" is free and you will receive our unique newsbooklet 10 times a year, full of articles and photos you won't read or see in the mainstream press. We welcome contributions from our members of articles, photos and artwork so, if you have something you think is important and newsworthy, please send it to us. Thank you for looking at our site.
Gratitude: We are grateful for all the wonderful members around the world who share their compassionate ideas and brilliance with us. You will see their contributions in the pages of our monthly newsbooklet. This is truly a group effort.
Going back to Korea to write another book -- publication of our newsbooklet will be suspended till it's done. Please check back this summer (2016).
A few years ago when I was unemployed, Dr. Chung-Whan Byun invited me to edit his previously-published autobiography (The Long, Hard Road to Korean Medicine) and I did that, gaining remarkable respect for this heroic man who struggled against severe poverty to educate himself and become a traditional Korean medical doctor.
But that wasn't enough. He went on to establish the first general hospital for Korean medicine and then Daegu Haany University in Daegu. He is also deeply involved with the International Nature Loving Association (which sponsored my trip there two years ago -- see link in the column to the right). He was our host at his beautiful university and we were all treated wonderfully and provided with delicious vegan food throughout our stay.
Fifteen years have elapsed since Dr. Byun wrote his autobiography so I have summarized the first part of his life for the biography I am now working on and will travel there in April to interview Dr. Byun in person so that we can bring the book up to date.
Iona's Memoir Ready
Becoming a Pacifist Activist: 50 Years in the Environmental Movement -- On the Ground, In the Field, Over the Moon
Our first reader said, "Your book has many touching stories inside. It's not only a book, it's an inspirational body. You are absolutely unique and you have made a lot of sacrifices and I still wonder why you did them."
More reviews and the Table of Contents are on pages 18 and 19 of our latest newsbooklet.
To order a pdf copy of the book with 200 pages and over 50 color images, please send a check or money order for $10 payable to The Go-Back Club and mail it to Iona at 21431 Marlin Circle, Shade Gap, Pennsylvania 17255. Thank you!
In August 2014, Iona went to Korea as the sole foreign correspondent for the 7th International Nature Loving Association's (INLA) festival and Nature and Humanity seminar. 26 dance teams from 16 Asian countries sang, danced and smiled for love of the Earth. Learn more about them at www.the-inla.org or www.naturelovingwonderland.org.
Iona's trip to Korea for the 7th International Nature Loving Association Festival and Seminar
A HUGE “THANK YOU” to the following supporters and sympathetic voices...
Dr. Pyong Roh and Dr. Chung-Whan Byun of South Korea for making Iona's wonderful trip during the summer possible. She was the only foreign correspondent at the 7th International Nature Loving Association's two-day festival and Nature and Humanity seminar. See the special edition of our newsbooklet at the link above on the right for our 24-page Special Edition.