Intimate Reflections

Two Years at the Panama Canal

by Anne Louise Grimm



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/23/2006

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 380
ISBN : 9781420892697
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 380
ISBN : 9781420892680

About the Book

A chronicle of key Panama Canal Company employees and their families during the first two year contract. The last large group arrived before the over-hiring which occurred just prior to the Panama Canal''s financial predicament resulting in confrontation. A period during which the Panama Revolution took place. To be followed in succeeding years by the gradual diminution of the strategic importance of the canal, and the creation, passing and implementation of the canal treaties.

            Centered upon the living and learning experiences of one family, the narrative explores the interrelated living experience of the Gatun Locks employee "extended family" arrived in summer 1967 from diverse areas of the United States . . . and world.

About the Author

Anne Louise Grimm is a member of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, with latest column "Grimmly Reflecting." Copies of her "Of Shoes and Ships" column in the historic daily English-language Star & Herald of Panama, are on microfiche at the Library of Congress. Published in newspapers and US magazines with inclusion from an extensive collection of her own photographs and drawings, she is FCC licensed Extra Class amateur radio operator with Volunteer Examiner certification, KA7TON, and trustee of KD7KAJ, Willapa Amateur Radio Club. Licensed over 20 years ago as a Novice, she passed the Clase B test—in Spanish—for an HP2 license. A 7th degree member of the Grange at Willapa Valley Grange #527, she is incorporator—and one of the directors—of Willapa DAWN, Domestic Abuse Women’s Net.

After travels by highway, and additionally by ship and plane, multiple times from the Pacific Northwest—between nearby Canada and Panama at the equator—through all US states except Hawaii, all Mexican states except the Baja and Yucatan Peninsulas and Central American countries except Belize, she has returned permanently to Pacific County, Washington. To about 10 kilometers—half a dozen miles—from where she was born. She lives in an apartment with two faux fur cats and an owl. Any of which travel in luggage without complaint nor need of litter box. Currently she tends a young indoor banana plant which is growing nicely, thank you—and aloe vera also doing well.

Anne has always lived near sea level along the temperate—and tropic—rainforest coast. She has enough Spanish and her original German learned as a child, for listener laughter, and claims the "Grimm" sense of humor of her parents and siblings. She HTML codes her Web site at