Unveilings: A Desert Journey, 1973-1983

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Patricia Taylor, Sep 21, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 146 pages
Unveilings, first published in 2004 and now in its 2nd edition, reveals the author's Middle East experiences during the 1970s and 80s, continues with Capitol Hill experiences including 9-11 when the author lived on Capitol Hill, and ends with a 21st Century view of the Iraq War and current events including the ISIS threat. During these years of global power shifts, the author's world view transformed from innocent to knowledgeable and far more sophisticated. In this world of new realities, she understood the threat to women's rights and to all human rights. As the author traversed a raw, desert land ruled by strict Sunni Islam, she realized the inevitable clash of cultures looming on the horizon. In the United States in 1973, Roe v. Wade ruled unconstitutional a state law that banned abortions; thereby strengthening women's rights and freedoms. In that same year, the Arab Oil Embargo greatly empowered the Saudi nation ruled by Sunni Islam as petrodollars poured into a nation with no respect for women or democracy. Storm clouds gathered on the horizon; women's rights were at the center of the storm. Middle East nations, one by one, fell under a black veil; and on September 11, 2001, the storm came to America. Now, in 2014, war rages in the Middle East; in America, women, once more, fight for women's rights and for all human rights.

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MY LIFE IN RIYADH Rivadh Saudi Arabia 1976

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About the author (2005)

At age sixteen, Patricia was elected “Governor of Florida Girls' State” and was appointed Co-Chairman of Florida Governor Leroy Collins' Youth Advisory Council. While still in high school, Patricia represented the youth of Florida at the 1958 White House Conference Planning on Children and Youth where she joined youth representatives from across the nation; she was the only female representative. A true pioneer in gender relations, she also assisted Governor Collins with youth related issues at a time when integration of the public schools in Florida was top priority. Soon afterwards, Patricia traveled the world, working with international companies such as Revlon. She graduated from University of Maryland and received a graduate degree from Duke University. She was married to Chester Taylor for twenty-eight years, a professional engineer (now deceased) with a long, successful, and distinguished career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Their children, Preston and Al, grew up living in the Pacific Rim, in Europe, and in the Middle East. Patricia's book, Unveilings: A Desert Journey: 1973 – 1983, details their years in Europe and the Middle East. In 1982, while living in Tel Aviv, Israel, Patricia and her husband each received Certificates of Achievement for “contributing to peace in the Middle East.” Patricia's extensive knowledge of culture, science, religion, art, and politics, allows her to blend conflicting, and difficult parts of a project into a worthwhile and memorable success. Her skill and ability can be seen in the establishment of Florida's Timucuan National Preserve which she initiated in 1984 with U. S. Congressman Charles Bennett of Jacksonville, Florida who authored eight books on Timucuan Indian culture and early Florida history. While working as legislative assistant in his Washington office, Patricia drafted legislative language for the Legislative Counsel who wrote the bill. Patricia, providing necessary witnesses and testimony for the House of Representatives Interior Committee, worked closely with the National Park Service, with university professors and other experts knowledgeable about the delicate balance of Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia ecosystems, and with Florida politicians. Such efforts initiated a legislative success and created a now well-known preserve in Jacksonville visited by tourists from around the world.In the late 1980s, Patricia departed Capitol Hill, met Ross Perot, and began working with Electronic Data Systems (EDS) in the banking industry group as market analyst and account manager. She secured EDS meetings with the Federal Reserve System and managed the EDS response to the Federal Reserve's “Request for Information” to pre-qualify EDS for systems integration work with the Federal Reserve. In 1990, Patricia relocated to North Carolina for graduate study at Duke University where she received a Master of Liberal Arts Degree for her international study of the history of science. She returned to Capitol Hill. During the decade of the 90s, Patricia's legislative work covered the major issues of our time from health care reform to international events, taking her on investigative trips to the former Soviet Union, Africa, and Ecuador. Recently, Patricia was part of an international team to monitor a presidential election in West Africa After years of traveling the world and living and working on Capitol Hill, Patricia recently bought a home in Jacksonville and relocated to her home town. Today she is a grandmother, writer, artist, and consultant. Her favorite pastimes are taking long walks on the beach, becoming reacquainted with old friends, and meeting new friends.About Unveilings, Patricia says, “I had the courage to write it from my notes written during the 1970s and early 80s. I was so young and so much was revealed or “unveiled” before my eyes! Only recently have I begun to see patterns in my life and in international events that cause me to see a much larger picture.”

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