“Encounters: A Memoir – Relationship Journeys from Around the World” has something for every type of reader. Flavored with humor and poignant notes, this memoir paints a fascinating picture of westerners living in Asia and the cross-cultural challenges they face in their social and emotional lives.

Beginning in the segregated American South in the 1940s where the author spend his early childhood, this personal series of stories moves through Asia, Europe and the corridors of the United Nations where Oglesby faced challenges as a gay employee working in a tradition-bound environment.

His writing has touches of Capote and Graham Greene. The book is hard to put down. The perfect companion for a long airplane ride.

“Encounters: A Memoir – Relationship Journeys from Around the World” takes the reader from a village in the segregated South to exotic places in Europe and Asia. There are stops in war-torn Vietnam, a visit to an abandoned palace in Bangladesh where goats waltz on a deserted ballroom floor, a life-threatening confrontation with police in Paris, and many other adventures. In these absorbing tales, the author shares his cross-cultural experiences and describes the challenges he faced in trying to become a citizen of the world.


Cool, beautiful, intelligent and elegantly arrogant, Dr. Estelle Granger ran the hospital with an iron hand. I was stunned one morning when she burst into my office, lips trembling with rage and tears streaming from her bruised, swollen eyes.

Near collapse she hoarsely implored me, ‘You Americans are the big shots now. Can’t you do something? Everything is collapsing and nobody is in control! I don’t care about myself! It’s the patients! It’s Vietnam!’

Her words troubled me as much as the incident itself. And what she said was true. Nobody was in control. Meanwhile the Viet Cong and the NVA watched and waited.”” (Chapter 3 – Terres Rouges).

“Postcards from the Past” takes the reader on a journey through time and many places; from Southeast Asia to Europe to the streets of New York City.

These are all true stories, as unbelievable as they may seem! Some are humorous; some poignant; others are filled with intrigue and murder.

They are all fascinating tales which chronicle the lives of a diverse collection of people – simple villagers in Java, jaded royalty in Thailand, a 60 year-old main in Manhattan and a host of other characters including a bunch of jailbirds.