Around the World

By Richard Mineards   |   December 14, 2017
Author Dick Jorgensen has a yen for travel

Author and educator Dick Jorgensen, 92, has had quite the colorful life, volunteering as a teacher in China, India, Mongolia, Africa, Afghanistan, New Zealand, and Australia.

Now, the Santa Barbara writer has written the second of his three planned memoirs, Yuko: Friendship Between Nations, which follows on from his vibrant first autobiography, O Tomodachi: Friend, chronicling his two years of teaching at the University of Hiroshima in the mid-1950s, when he was one of four teachers in the first exchange program between the U.S. and Japan.

“It is my view of the life and times in the mid-20th century world, reminding us the world is ever decreasing in size,” he told me at a bijou book bash at Tecolote, the tony tome temple in the upper village.

Jorgensen’s third book, American Sensei, is scheduled for publication next year.

High Tea

The Breast Cancer Resource Center’s 10th annual tea and fashion show goes from strength to strength.

More than 165 guests turned out for the charming Biltmore event, raising around $25,000 for the nonprofit, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

The eight models, all of whom have recovered from the disease – Bircan Arfaei, Rene Baird, Penny Cocores, Andrea Hutton, Julie Koonce, Ophelia Sebastian, Jackie Serebof, and Beverly Johnson Trial – strutted their stuff down the catwalk wearing fashions by Talbots with local store manager Kathleen Waltrip-Gardella describing the outfits, while executive director Silvana Kelly gave a brief history of each model.

Among the wave of supporters helping the cause were Rose Hodge, Rona Barrett, Susan St. John, Jessica Ashtiani, Sue DePonce, and Summer and Jessica Galante,


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