Jon Eekhoff

Why is my page titled South of the Strait? Well I live in a far corner of the United States. I live in a small town south of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. If I was going to throw a rock across the strait it would land in Canada. I used to be an English teacher. I have worked in Westport, Port Angeles, and Sequim, Washington… and I did two years of substitute teaching in Coalinga, California.

I’ve moved around a lot, living in: Sterling,Kansas; Chicago; Jordan, Montana; Lemoore, California; Auckland, New Zealand; Spokane, Washington; Gambier, Ohio.
What do I write? For WordPress I used to print once a week for general comments. I wrote reviews of music concerts my daughter made me attend. (Each month she would want us to drive to Seattle to see a music group. I usually stood in the back watching weird stuff.) I also wrote about trips I have taken in Europe where I liked getting lost. I also wrote during the few months when my son was treated for cancer. (He is officially free of cancer of five years.) About three years ago I decided to stop writing blogs so I could concentrate on writing a few books. I have completed three books…or maybe four. I have now compiled my short stories poems and memoirs on Amazon. You can get it at Amazon now…”A Work In Progress”–Jon Eekhoff. I have been very close to getting a printed book called “Lost Summer” but I was never offered $1,000,000.00. (It’s set in Paris, 1920’s, with baseball, writers, artist, and actually true stuff.) I wrote a book about college basketball called “Laidlaw.” It’s kind of a mix of “Moby Dick” and a coach who is about to get fired so he takes his team out for a free drive around the West. My most recent book is “California Tales.” These are connected stories about the missionary churches in California. They are sad, funny, inspiring, and odd. I had the entire book done in my head and had just one section to finish the next day…and that is when I fell 20 feet from my roof and landed on the cement. (Like a lot of men, I thought I could maintain my own roof instead of leaving it to the professionals.) I don’t remember anything about my accident but I am told I was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Though conscious and responsive after surgery to remove part of my skull, I don’t remember anything from my first month there. I spent another month of Harborview working on walking, speaking, and writing. That was two years ago. As a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) survivor, I could have quit writing, but I am not going to quit. I work with the University of Washington Speech and Hearing Clinic.

So, here I am. I am married and live here in Sequim with my wife Cheryl. Our kids live in nearby cities. Writing is now an exhausting exercise, but something I plan to keep working on.

I have a new book…it is connected to Amazon

Let’s hang out

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    • Thanks. I just ordered your book from Amazon and look forward to reading it. Amazon will be attaching it to a ocean going vessel and then transporting it across the Americas by pack mule. I should get it somewhere between now and Easter. There are days I wish I had a Kindle. I have a compulsion to own ever book ever published about Paris in the 1920s so your book will be in good company.

      My opposition to the term non-fiction has more to do with the interpretation all writers bring to a story. A writer, no matter how unbiased and fair, has a point of view that shades the truth. Any retelling of an experience gets altered and remade in a new way. It also could be that I am taking this stance because I find it easier to write when I am not restricted to telling the truth 100% of the time.

      Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog.

  1. Thanks for taking the trouble to reply to my comment.
    I accept your point of view – yes, I suppose we are all biassed in the sense that we lean towards an attitude or a point of view etc.
    My background is journalism – working the newspapers, PR and broadcast news all my life. Especially in the latter case, working as editor of TV news, I had to be careful about balance and objectivity. I just say that so you know where I am coming from.
    I am thrilled you have ordered my book. I hope you enjoy it – and I believe you will if like me you have a passion for 1920s Paris.
    I would value your opinion/critique in due course.
    Conor Fennell

      • No, not your Mom, a book reviewer. When is this book going to be available? Even the Kindle store won’t let me buy it.

      • The novel isn’t published yet, but I am looking for an agent. I have been tightening it up since the contest and will be attending a writer/agent conference in the next few weeks looking for someone to represent me. I would be happy to send you the full document if you wanted to read it.

  2. Jon,
    I doubt you will remember me, but I indeed remember you. I was an elementary school kid with huge hoop dreams that was also the ball boy for Whitworth for a few years while you were there. At the time (to me) you and the guys on the team seemed so impressive, you might as well have been the NBA all-star team, and all I wanted to do was be at the gym around the team. Here I sit nearly three decades later, and the impact of your interaction and kindness to me still resonates. I am sure at this point, you still have no idea who I am, and honestly, I would not expect you to remember, but after coming across your blog, I had to send you a note to let you know what an impact you made on my life, and more importantly to say thanks.
    Many of my childhood memories have faded, but a few remain vivid, and one specifically is of you and two other Bucs players coming to one of MY basketball games at Mead jr. high school when I was in 6th grade. I remember waiting until after one of the home games, and I nervously handed you and a few other players a copy of my 6th grade basketball schedule and inviting you to come watch me play. Of course, like most college kids, I am sure each of you could not imagine a less fun way to spend an early Saturday morning, but sure enough, a week later, to my surprise, the group of you walked into the gym as our warm ups began. To you, I am sure it was a forgettable event, but to me it meant the world to have you guys watching me play. As the “ball-boy” I cherished the interaction with the team and when you showed up, I knew from that moment on, that I wanted to play basketball and be a part of that type of team brotherhood for the rest of my life, and that is what I have done. I went on to play and coach high school, some college, and overseas, and have run a number of AAU programs and club teams up to this day. Basketball has always been a cornerstone of my life, and I can honestly say, a big reason I got into coaching and mentoring was because of the experience I had with you and the Whitworth team when I was young. Clearly, I am not a writer like you, but if nothing else, I hope this note conveys my most sincere gratitude and appreciation for your kindness to me and the example you provided for me as a young man and athlete. Perhaps our paths will cross again someday, but if not, please know that your actions nearly 30 years ago are still impacting people today, and I believe I am a better person for having known you so many years ago.

    • Scott-
      Thanks for the nomination. Since I am a self-centered, ego-maniac, I really do appreciate your recognition. I don’t read many blogs, but I always read yours. I will also check out the other blogs you suggested.

  3. I’m in lynden was visiting family. Just saw your blog and liked it a lot. Son michael is a chiropractor in Olympia. I live in Sioux center Iowa. Brothers bicycle shop…..and other stuff.

    • Thanks. We Eekhoffs have to stick together. My dad grew up in Iowa: Grundy Center. He lives in Port Townsend, WA now. I hear there are lots of Eekhoffs in Iowa, and I saw a statue with an Eekhoff in Hamburg Germany a few years back. I was certain growing up that I might be the last of the Eekhoff line. Thank goodness there are plenty of us out there.

      Sent from my iPad


  4. Re:The photo with the caption that starts “My family has informed” …love this picture and the thousand words it paints- cheers

  5. Sounds like you have quite a few fans. And that you’re a really nice guy. I’m sorry to read about your son’s cancer. I hope it is under control or even gone. That would be fabulous. I have a touch of it myself and I’m happy to say it went from four patches in my small intestine down to one. I wish for you all the best.

  6. Oh one more thing. I’d love for you to drop by my blog and scan a few pieces. You might enjoy my style/topics as it’s much like yours. Ta ta.

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