Update from Chesapeake Station World Cruise

William Thayer guest speakerIt’s been an enlightening journey as we’ve traveled around the world by ship, and I’ve met and heard from fascinating people. Pictured here is William Thayer, guest maritime speaker on board the Pacific Princess ship. He has terrific research on Amelia Earhart, Capt Cook, Drake, Howard Hughes, he was a test pilot for Hughes etc. many historic figures throughout history. Google him.

In the meantime, after sailing north in the Red Sea (without incident) for the past three days, we’ve finally docked in Jordan. Jordan is and continues to be an ally of the U.S. From the starboard side of the ship we can look to our right and see Jerusalem.

The Red Sea shipping channel allows for the unfettered flow of cargo and passenger ships, north and south, from the Gulf of Aden to the Mediterranean Sea.

Warm temperatures (75F to 85F) with intermittent overcast clouds. The glass deck sliders are locked open for an abundance of fresh Salt Sea air.

Construction workers were waving and raising their arms in a gesture of friendship all along the shoreline. Mounds of sand boarder Canal channels that had been dredged during the original Canal construction dating back to 1869.

Surprising to me, The Canal Authority drafted an agreed that all shipping through the Canal would permit passage for both peaceful and wartime transit.

Onboard ship communications were in hushed whispers this morning due to security issues and tensions just over the adjacent port side berm.

The Nile River to Cairo flows parallel with the Suez Canal several miles to the East.

In reviewing the map, we’ll be sailing north past the coastline of Tel Aviv in Israel to Beirut in Damascus, then west to Nicosia on the Island in Cypress, then due west to the Island of Rhodes, our next port of call.

We’re the lead ship. Number one in a twenty-four ship convoy to pass through the canal today.
Among the many cargo and tanker ships, we’re the only passenger ship in the convoy.

After paying shipping and customs charges, I’ll be receiving two additional cases of Chesapeake Station books when we dock in Rhodes, an island off the coast of Turkey.

Telling My Story: Ticket to Ride, the Promise of America

1. What prompted you to write this gripping memoir?
At the age of twenty-seven, shortly after the attacks of September 11, 2001, my son Gregory gave up his career as a Chemist to join the U.S. Army. He completed basic training and Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Ft. Benning, Georgia. As a then 2nd Lieutenant, he was assigned to Ft. Sill, Oklahoma for field artillery training and then to Ft. Casey along the DMZ in South Korea. I expected, and he confirmed, that he may be sent to Iraq. It was at that moment that I began to realize, at some point, I may lose him and decided to write him a letter detailing my life and those who influenced me, long before he was born.

2. Growing up as you did in the 50’s and 60’s, do you feel your family was typical? Did you feel outside the norm at the time?
There were times when I didn’t notice or fully realize my childhood years were much different than others; it was when I began school and developed friends that I felt a disconnect with my peers. My parents divorced when I was three. That was the beginning and end of a real family for me. None of my friends’ parents had divorced or had different last names than their parents. Nor, did it seem, that their home life was as disruptive as was the case in my house. My brother was always suffering from the effects of hemophilia, and because my mother and stepfather worked, I was responsible for him much of the time. My stepfather, who I believed hated me or at the very least hated himself. He was jealous of my relationship with my mother, restricted my life and my free time to the point where my friends were afraid of him and wouldn’t come knocking at my door.

3. What prompted you to work your way out of the endless rut your family had fallen into?
We had moved so many times during my formative years that it was impossible for me to establish roots or lasting childhood relationships. I was always the “new kid.” After three different high schools in three years, I had had enough and began planning my escape. I had seen and experienced enough of the drinking, hatefulness, deprivation, foul language, cracks in the head, and going nowhere people around me; I never wanted to be like them or waste the one life I was given.

4. In 1965, you suffered a horrendous accident. How do you think this shaped your future?
It took me years to put that behind me. After my relationship with Janice (not her real name) fell apart, I figured I’d never find a wife or have a family. I came to realize that my insecurities were more my responsibility than anyone around me. My perception of how others perceived me had taken control of my psyche. I concluded that, after many years, those thoughts were standing in my way, so I developed a personal philosophy that if others turned away from me, it was their issue and not mine. I learned to do everything I had done before. Every word of this manuscript was typed by me…no electronic voice system, a keyboard and a computer was all I needed. I routinely shook hands with bankers and business people with a smile and without hesitation, and when I entered public life, I never let it get in my way.

5. The 1960’s were tumultuous times, but also politically exciting. Is that where you first became interested in politics? Or was it something later on?
I don’t know where that comes from. My mother was quite openly patriotic and maybe I inherited that from her or through my earlier ancestry. I stood at attention when we recited the pledge of allegiance each morning in school, studied American history on my own and was always moved on Memorial Day and later on Veteran’s Day. I’m convinced, and I have no research to bear this out, that much of who we are as individuals has been passed along to us through the our own ancestral DNA—interests, talents, attitudes, ambition, patriotism, etc. I attempted to trace my heritage and became convinced that because we came from, on my father’s side, Berwick, Maine in the 1700’s, that at some point we descended from Berwick, Scotland. During the Norman invasion of 1066, they massacred everyone. Only a small number escaped. My great-grandfather, on the mother’s side, emigrated from Scotland to Ireland and then to America in the early 1870’s. He was seventeen when he landed in Boston.
I’ve been to Philadelphia, Ft. Sumter, Williamsburg, and the Memorial in Pearl Harbor. I’ve walked the sands of Omaha Beach and Utah Beach, and visited Pointe-du-Hoc, where, on D-day, 225 U.S. Army Rangers scaled the 100 foot cliffs from the sea to silence the German guns. I visited the American cemetery in Normandy where I came upon the first white cross in the fourth row from the right. It was that of a young PFC from Leominster, Massachusetts. 6 June 1944.
I was driven into public life in 1989 mainly because of my business experiences. In the late 1980’s, the then Governor of Massachusetts, Michael Dukakis, proposed legislation to tax every Massachusetts business owner $1,700.00 per employee, per year, to fund his Universal Health Care Plan. That became a defining moment. It was another blow to my business. Meeting payroll every week, along with the constant government interference, was becoming a nightmare. I sold my business and convinced myself I could change the world, or at least I could make changes through elective office here in Massachusetts.

6. The memoir ends when you are still quite a young man. What will the next installment cover?
I think I’ve brought the reader along to the present through the epilogue. I do however intend to write two additional books which I’ve already begun. I was a classroom teacher for many years in Norwell, Massachusetts, and later resigned my tenured position to go into business. My construction experiences renovating buildings in and around Boston, and working the East Boston ship repair business, was a challenging and raucous thirteen years. How I survived I’ll never really know.

7. Final Comments
Some have said, “Why did you tell so much about your personal life?” I explain that I believe, in some sense, it may serve the greater good. If I can reach out personally and through my experiences, to the many young people faced with an uphill battle to succeed, they may find their lives have much greater meaning then they realize. The growing epidemic of high school and college dropouts across America is simply staggering—the emerging, “enemy from within,” which, if left unchecked, will continue to fuel the gathering storm of social unrest, threatening the very stability of our country. You only have one life. Make it count!
Don Hussey

Chesapeake Station is for the Next Generation!

This current generation of Americans, born between the years 1980 and 2000 have never know peace. They can only relate to the world they were born into and the global chaos of our time. Today’s youth are living during a troubling and frightful period in American history, not only on the International front but the domestic front as well.

The Millennials would be in their teens and early 30s by now. Many of them were very young when the Twin Towers in New York, along with over 3,000 souls, were destroyed by Muslim militants associated with the Islamic extremist group, al-Qaeda—a Jihadist group originating in the Middle East.

Chris Kiley writes in a Special Report regarding the 911 attacks (www.airdisaster.com), “September 11, 2011 brought the costliest man-made tragedy in the history of civilization to the United States of America.”

Chesapeake Station was written to awaken and encourage the present day young-adult population to stay focused on the current state of affairs in today’s America. Take an active role in the widespread political deeds and misdeeds of our day that now threaten our freedom and compromise our security. Chesapeake Station talks about the future and the past with a focus on the misuse of nuclear technology.

The ever expanding violence both domestically and throughout the world must be confronted and eliminated. None of it promotes a healthy respect for life and certainly does not allow for young people of grow up without the fear of what might happen next. At the very least, we owe our children a happy and peaceful childhood.

So please, listen well, learn and act accordingly, and read Chesapeake Station. It will inform you and more importantly, it may open your eyes!

Chesapeake Station: Who Will Survive?

Chesapeake Station by Don HusseyThe year is 2188. Chesapeake Station introduces a diverse mix of youthful heroic figures who assume responsibilities well beyond their age and experience. Timely events throughout the narrative speak to the proliferation and danger of nuclear weapons. Widespread episodes of political manipulation fueled by greed and extortion have exposed the intentions of the ambitious mind. We are now living with the growing reality of a country in rapid decline.

Is the imposition of Martial Law in the United States, inevitable?

Historic American figures come to life through a hand-written journal left behind and hidden among the ashes of time. Benjamin Franklin, John and Abigail Adams, Henry Knox, Nathan Hale, General Howe, Patrick Henry, and others.

The very survival of America rests largely with the strength and determination of a new generation of leaders unwilling to jeopardize their independence or surrender their freedom.

It’s in your hands!

An Excerpt from Don Hussey’s Memoir Ticket to Ride

Ticket to Ride memoir by Don HusseyToday I would like to share a brief excerpt from the Afterward portion of my unflinchingly honest memoir Ticket to Ride: The Promise of America. Enjoy!

I haven’t seen it all, but I’ve seen enough to know that patience, keeping your word, honesty, integrity, setting standards for yourself, saving your money, and always trying to better yourself are worthy goals, and you can benefit greatly by listening to your inner voice, and following your intuition—your heart.

I’m also reminded of the words from Continue reading

Author Don Hussey Book Signing at The Snug

Don Hussey book signing

On Friday, June 13 Don Hussey attended a book signing at The Snug, a popular Irish pub in downtown Hingham, Massachusetts.

Hussey presented his two published works: Ticket to Ride and Chesapeake Station.

Ticket to Ride: The Promise of America is a gripping personal memoir originally written as a letter to his son, a U.S. Army soldier who was preparing for deployment to Iraq. Hussey wrote what he could given the constraints of time, then flew to Ft. Hood, TX and handed his letter to his son. Hussey recalls, “I arrived just as my son and the others exited the briefing room for the flight line where two C-130s awaited departure to Kuwait. He wasn’t expecting me, so it was an emotional moment for both of us. I pressed my letter into his hand and told him he could read all about me on the flight. Then we hugged and said good bye.” Continue reading