"Chasing angels or fleeing demons, go to the mountains"
"You have to get lost before you can be found."
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Organizing/Leading Nepal Himalaya Trekking since 1998
Basa Village Foundation
Jeff Rasley, Author/Writing Coach/Book Publisher
Writing Coaching and Midsummer Books Publishing
Write on! http://tinyurl.com/jeffrasleypage
Jeff's Books (click on title to view on Amazon):
Anarchist, Republican... Assassin; a political novel is a literary indictment of Donald Trump's incompetent and chaotic presidency. Yet, the protagonist realizes love is still the answer.
You Have to Get Lost Before You Can Be Found is a memoir of suffering, grit, and love of the Himalayas and Basa Village. It is also a travelogue through the Himalayan region and a book about transitioning from a mere adventurer to a committed philanthropist doing culturally sensitive development in the Basa area of Nepal. Want a T-shirt with a quote from the book: https://outspokenimages.threadless.com/designs/go-to-the-mountains "Go to the mountains" (I have no financial interest in the company or sales of the shirts.)
Island Adventures is an anthology of tales (with photographs) of adventures and spiritually challenging experiences on islands all across the world.
Polarized! The Case for Civility in the Time of Trump Describes the historical and current reasons for and dangers of the toxic polarization of the US political culture and makes the case for a grassroots movement for civil discourse in social media.
Hero's Journey: John Ritter, the Chip Hilton of Goshen, Indiana; a Memoir is a meditation on what it means to be a hero and how the meaning has changed; a nostalgic memoir of childhood heroes, and an unauthorized biography of the 2d greatest athlete of Goshen, Indiana.
Bringing Progress to Paradise; What I Got from Giving to a Himalayan Village An astounding adventure in the Himalayas becomes a critical reflection on the tangled relationships among tourists, "do-gooder" missionaries, and native people in "exotic" locales. It's also the story of the Basa Village Foundation. For a Buddhist perspective on the book: http://tinyurl.com/436jy8a
Godless -- Living a Valuable Life beyond Beliefs The history of religious and political ideologies is bloody. Crusaders and Islamic-Jihadist terrorists divide the world into believers and heretics. Their propaganda has persuaded followers to torture and slaughter unbelievers. "Godless" proposes a cure for the pathology of fanatical religious beliefs and political ideologies using the wisdom gained in Nepal, from Quakers, and American Pragmatism.
False Prophet, a Legal Thriller is a murder mystery, a romance, and rant against the injustices of the legal system inspired by a case the author handled in his 30 years experience as a lawyer in Indy.
MONSTERS OF THE MIDWAY 1969 - Sex, Drugs, Rock 'n' Roll, Viet Nam, Civil Rights, and Football is historical fiction, a comedy, and a romance set at the University of Chicago. The narrative is about the struggle of the star of UChicago’s football team to cope with the cultural revolution on campus, a 2-year losing streak, and a girlfriend who hates football. Historical photos of Chicago, U of C, and Hyde Park are included.
Pilgrimage: Sturgis to Wounded Knee and Back Home Again, a Memoir takes the reader on a motorcycle road trip without a bike. The pathway to understanding the shared roots of all humanity led the author across the wide Pacific and to the summit of Himalayan peaks. Enjoy a ride of discovery to the source from whence we all come. Book trailer on YouTube: "Pilgrimage" by Leila
Light in the Mountains -- Namaste, Rakshi, and Electricity in a Himalayan Village describes the development of my relationship with Basa Village and is a call for people in the West to gain the wisdom of communal connection I have learned from the Rai people of Nepal. Light in the Mountains is a 2013 Gold Medalist for Best Book Cover, awarded by Authors dB.
- A few of my Expeditions with Adventure GeoTreks:
* Jiri-Pikey Peak-Basa-Phaplu 2010
Blogs, Interviews, & Reviews:
SuperNova with Lena Ski
Say This Write
Kris Wampler's Blog
Around the World Blog
Around the World Blog II
Your Life Matters
- Links to some published articles