Author Margery McManus Leach Releases Revised Edition of her Life

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‘On Being Born Again and Again’ is an extended version of Margery Leach’s life.

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Leach hopes readers will be inspired by her life, as well as others she depicts, to embark on their own adventures, welcoming the world and seeing the stranger as family.

Margery McManus Leach’s revamped and extended version of “Unexpected Harvest” brings more background and details to her life’s stories in “On Being Born Again and Again: How Grief, Gratitude and Faith Led to New Life.”

Following her second husband’s death in 1976, she spent the next several years advocating for oppressed peoples as a result of testimony during church-sponsored seminars to Pacific Islands and later to several Asian nations. A new call from the Valley Religious Task Force on Central America in Phoenix shifted Margery’s advocacy to victims in this hemisphere, including the oppressed Zapatistas in Chiapas, Mexico. Subsequent delegations were woven into her emerging autobiographies and a short history, “Sanctuary in Phoenix!”

Realizing her Spartan traveling was for the younger and hardier, in 2007, the author moved near family where the coastal beauty of Gloucester, Massachusetts brought a less active advocacy in writing poetry.

An excerpt from “On Being Born Again and Again”:

“I so deplored what I had learned, whitewashed during early school years, of our country’s historical sweep across the continent with superior fire power, slaughtering the original inhabitants, confining the remainder to reservations, breaking treaties every time valuable resources were found, trying to wipe out their cultures with a system of boarding schools off reservations, all in the name of Manifest Destiny. We were an advanced civilization with a mandate from God?"

“Now and then I had come across protests from our own Indian population regarding present day injustices, but here was an opportunity to join a local Indigenous response to a major outcry from below our southern border. If anything could be done in Mexico, just maybe it would lead over the invisible line between us and make some readjustments possible here.

Leach hopes readers will be inspired by her life, as well as others she depicts, to embark on their own adventures, welcoming the world and seeing the stranger as family.

About the Author
Margery Leach, widowed at fifty-two in 1976, soon retired as a librarian. Seeking new life thorough volunteer organizations, she spent the next several years advocating across the United States for oppressed peoples around the world before joining the Valley Religious Task Force on Central America. In Phoenix, she documented her travels in newsletters and journal reports. Injured in Chiapas, Leach re-retired in 2007 full time to Gloucester, Massachusetts near her married children and grandchildren.

A wife and mother, librarian, world traveler, avid hiker, lecturer, photographer, human rights activist, author and published poet, Margery McManus Leach has led a fascinating life based on deep religious conviction and the ideal of unconditional love for all creation.

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