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Release Date: August 18, 2021
by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

NORMAN, Okla. – In Lynn Calloway Rogers’ new book titled “Favorite Stops on My Way to Paradise,” he takes readers through a series of events and places illustrating where “Heaven and earth come together.”

Rogers is a retired attorney, scientist and inventor. He is author and editor of numerous articles in professional journals, inventor of several U.S. and foreign patents, coauthored articles appearing in “Pioneers of Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory,” and has spent his life reading, learning and seeking adventure throughout the U.S. and countries around the world.

He decided to knuckle down and write the book of personal experiences “after a brush with my maker,” he comments lightheartedly after a fight with cancer.

“I decided there wasn’t a better time to write about these unique experiences and share them with others,” Rogers said. “Some of them were already written, and some of them were weighing on my mind. There was just a determination to see it though.”

Some of his vignettes are amusing, some are poignant, and all provide a view of an invisible but very real and powerful connection with a higher power. “It was a real labor of love for me to reflect on life and the special places closest to my heart,” he said.

A Journey

Rogers has a few “favorites” in his 21-chapter book. A poem titled “The One Who Knocked on the Shutters” is one he likes. In it, he describes a knocking noise outside his window as a young man.

When he answers, he discovers, “I heard the tap, tap, tapping once more, and I looked out to see your face – your precious face. Eyes so soft and bright – those of a mischievous little girl and of a beautiful woman.

“A million years from now when we are gone away in body; our souls and hearts will still touch and yet will be free,” he writes. “And, there will always be the memory of your face on that sweet warm day when first you called to my heart.”

As he explains, “the book will take you through a series of ‘thin places’ where people, places and events give a glimpse of an unexpected, mysterious realm where heaven and earth come together. “It is these places and experiences, I believe – rather than (us) discovering (these places), instead, (they) discover us – if we allow ourselves to realize and acknowledge what is happening,” he said.

In one example of discovery, titled “Surprise,” he describes a tranquil mediation during a Colorado hunting trip. Rogers in an avid outdoorsman.

Separating from the hunting party, he heard a voice say, “I want to show you something.”

He had been admiring a golden crescent moon moving slowly through the trees. When he decided to return to the hunting camp, “I rose and started making my way (back.) “As I walked over the dry streambed, something caught my eye. In the jumble of water-smoothed stones, I saw one bearing the clear outline of a crescent moon over a mountain crest. Startled, I picked it up and put it in my pocket. I still have the stone today, taking me back (when) time stood still and I heard the voice of the Almighty. Indeed, a cosmic surprise.”

Proud Chickasaw

Many of his stories are about outdoor adventures, trips around the world and many wonderful people he met along the way, including his childhood western movie hero Roy Rogers; his friend from childhood, pianist, songwriter and performer Leon Russell; and outlaw country singer/songwriter Willie Nelson.

Born in Oklahoma City, Rogers grew up on the family farm next to the banks of the Washita River in southern Oklahoma.

A citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, his maternal great-grandparents were original enrollees of the Chickasaw Nation before statehood.

His two-times great-grandfather was R.M. Harris, one of the last tribal governors. Rogers and his mother wrote several articles on the history of Governor Harris, the Chickasaw Bell, and the Harris and Willis families appearing in the book “Pioneers of the Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory,” by Nova A. Lemons (Timbercreek LTD, 1991).

Rogers has a lifelong interest in western history, including the 1804-06 Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery expedition and the 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn.

His professional career spanned over 45 years as a research chemist and public finance attorney before he and his wife, Gaye, retired to their creekside bird sanctuary in Norman. Together, they share a blended family of four sons, six grandchildren and two cats. Today, they are in an assisted living facility in Oklahoma City.

Rogers’ book is available at various online booksellers, including BarnesAndNoble.com, Amazon.com and Inverse.com/Bookstore.