Author Archives: diannestrong

About diannestrong

I have been singing since I was a teenager, growing up in Southern Oregon. My musical roots began with a cappella Gospel with my sisters and in community theater. As a teenager, I toured Europe with a youth orchestra, America's Youth in Concert. I later returned from the UK and finally settled in Southern Oregon. I have been fortunate to become involved with three fantastic local bands: - Blue Lightning, a dance band from Ashland, Oregon

SOJO 10th Anniv Poster Public II

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Alex & Norma Strong

This Saturday, 3/11/17 my parents Alex and Norma Strong will be at the Medford Barnes & Noble store for a meet & greet/book signing for their book, “Somewhere the Sun is Shining”

Dad was only 11 years old, living with his family on their rubber tree plantation on Basilan island, Philippines, when World War II broke out. This fascinating book details his and his future wife Norma’s family’s journey through the dark days of war to a brighter future that they themselves created. After the days of occupation, starvation and deprivation, the incredible story of how two families caught in the turmoil of war discovered their will to live, to resist the invaders and ultimately, win their freedom. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

 

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