Oil Painting: A Handbook for the Use of Students and Schools


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Crouched in the doorway of a Travelair over the Flathead National Forest, Frank Fowler waits for the slap that will send him dropping from the sky to his first fire as a smokejumper.

How he got there is the journey of a young man who grew up on the streets of Washington, D.C. When he was six his father died, yet his mother instilled in him the value of looking on the positive side of life and the importance of self-confidence. She encouraged him to seek adventure and to write about his experiences.

Sent in his teens to live with a brother and family in a Maryland suburb, he became involved in Boy Scouts. There he met Scoutmaster Joe Woolfolk, a forester from Montana on assignment at the Washington headquarters of the U.S. Forest Service, who became Franks mentor. Joe returned to Montana, but visited Maryland after Franks high school graduation and suggested a career in forestry. There was an offer of employment while going to college, and for someone with little money and no desire to attend college locally, the idea had great appeal, even if it was thousands of miles away.

He left all he had known in the East to find his adventure in the West; to attend Montana State University (now the University of Montana) in Missoula; and to work four summers for the Forest Servicethree as a smokejumper.

He shared his exploits with his mother in frequent and detailed letters that she saved. An aspiring author herself, she encouraged him to write about parachuting to forest fires. Those letters are the basis for this memoirHigh-mountain Two-manner.

His writing style invites you to go with him as he trains, works in the woods, and fights forest fires. He also shares with you the joys of working in the back-country and savoring the beauty of wild places. In spite of the likelihood that you havent met Frank, by the end of the book you may have the distinct feeling that you have.
We are rising, - all are rising. The black and white together!
--The Little Black Boy of Atlanta

Advocating for restorative justice; racial harmony and reconciliation constitute Howard Universitys vision for a better society. Since 1867, Howards leaders have come from diverse backgrounds--theologians, army generals, educators, philosophers and lawyers. However, what is common to all of them is their transformational leadership skill. Under their leadership, Howard has produced leaders for the Black World and the Developing Nations more than any other institution of Higher Learning worldwide.

In this anthology, Ewa Unoke, a Bison, assembles great inspirational quotations from Howards leaders in honor of Alma Maters educational philosophy - Leadership for America and the Global Community. The choice of short quotable quotes is consistent with the African philosophical use of aphorisms and proverbs instead of exposition. As the Africans say, the words of our ancestors are words of wisdom, the wise man or woman listens and gets wiser.

Black liberation education and transitional justice will likely serve as millennial prescriptions for world peace and security because tomorrow is uncertain but today is soon enough, according to an Igbo metaphor, Onyema-echi.

Dr.Ewa Unoke shares with us his favorite mantras for freedom from his Alma Mater, Howard University. Let all who read them be leaders like Gandhi who gently shake the world until the table of brotherhood that Dr. Martin Luther King talked about becomes a reality. Peace is within our grasp if we only reach out and grab the hand of the person who needs a hand up. If we all did that, all around the world, justice for all would be more than just a dream. It is a goal worth striving for. Truly, it is a dream worth dying for.
--Karen Hernandez, Human Rights Activist

Ewa, your admiration for the Howard spirit comes through loud and clear. All of America should know more and learn more from Howard.
--Dr. Charles Reitz, Professor of Philosophy, Ethics and Logic
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