About the Book
This book contains the author's complete poetry collection through 2007 and selected photographs. Photography sections include those showing the nuclear family in which he was raised in Michigan, the nuclear family with his wife and three sons, his Foreign Service career, Buddhist friends around the world, and selected nature photography.
The book catalogs Zuehlke's growth and personal development from a confused but determined youth of the Counter Culture of the 1960s through the practice of Nichiren Buddhism in the Soka Gakkai International. The subjects of the poetry and photography also depict the discovery of his world-wide mission to practice and share Buddhist ideals in disparate settings.
Just after graduating from high school in Jackson, MI, Robert Zuehlke began writing poetry. He dropped out of college after two years during the malaise of the Vietnam. Later, he returned to college at Michigan State while working full time. He is a Phi Beta Kappa honors graduate in international economics and Asian studies. Zuehlke and his family enjoyed a 22 year diplomatic career, serving overseas in Zurich, Hong Kong, Bangkok, and Manila and domestically in Washington, developing geographic specialties in East Asia and Africa. He is now a self-employed consultant, owner of Maranwe Consulting, LLC. Outside of government-related work, he has had multiple reflections and essays on Eastern philosophy published in the U.S., Toronto, and Hong Kong. Composing and reading poetry have remained part of Zuehlke’s life. He lives in Vienna, VA with his wife, an airline administrator. He has three world citizen sons in humanistic careers in Washington DC, Atlanta, and Durham NC.