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Jeff Rasley is an author of eight books, a writing coach, and Himalayan trek organizer. He teaches in the Honors Program at Butler University.


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Jeff Rasley has published numerous articles and photos in academic and mainstream periodicals, including Newsweek, Chicago Magazine, ABA Journal, Family Law Review, Pacific Magazine, Indy's Child, The Journal of Communal Societies, The Chrysalis Reader, Faith & Fitness Magazine, Friends Journal, Shout! Outdoor Lifestyle Magazine, and Real Travel Adventures International Magazine.

Rasley gives slide show programs about adventure travel and philanthropy to service clubs, community organizations and churches. He currently serves on five nonprofit corporate boards. He is an avid outdoorsman and recreational athlete. He leads trekking-mountaineering expeditions in Nepal and has solo-kayaked around several Pacific island groups. His greatest reading adventure was Marcel Proust's 3600 page Remembrance of Things Past.

Favorite authors and literary influences are Proust, Pynchon, David Foster Wallace, Dostoyevski, Tolstoy, Plato, Aristotle, and Claire Bee.

Rasley is married to Alicia Rasley, who is a multi-published author, RITA Award winner, and college professor. Son James is an officer in the National Guard and Andrew is a tech supervisor with a film/TV production company.

Accomplishments

Jeff Rasley is a graduate of the University of Chicago B.A. magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, All-Academic All-State Football Team and letter winner in swimming and football; Indiana University School of Law J.D. cum laude, Moot Court and Indiana Law Review; Christian Theological Seminary M.Div. magna cum laude, co-valedictorian and Faculty Award Scholar. Rasley was admitted to the Indiana, U.S. District Court and the U.S. Supreme Court Bars. He practiced law in Indianapolis for thirty years. He is currently president of the Basa Village Foundation USA Inc. and expedition organizer for Adventure GeoTreks Ltd.

For chairing the Indiana-Tennessee Civic Memorial Commission Rasley and the Commission received Proclamations of Salutation from the Governors of Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee and Pennsylvania and he was made an honorary Lieutenant Colonel Aide-de-Camp of the Alabama State Militia, a Kentucky Colonel and honorary Citizen of Tennessee. He was given a Key to the City of Indianapolis for serving as an intern to Mayor Hudnut and preparing a report on the safety conditions of all Indy Parks. Rasley has received the Man of the Year award from the Arthur Jordan YMCA and the Alumni Service Award from the University of Chicago Alumni Board of Governors.

Additional Information

The Basa Village Foundation, of which Jeff is president, has completed construction of a clean water system in a remote village in the Nepal Himalayas. The villagers provided all labor for the project and operate the system by committee of local people.

Favorite Links

Jeff Rasley, Author, Nepal-Himalaya Trekking & Basa Village Project
Author's website with links to Nepal-Himalayan trekking, Basa Village Foundation, Midsummer books, and videos about Nepal Himalayas

Amazon Author Page
Jeff's author page on Amazon with list of his books.

Pilgrimage: Sturgis to Wounded Knee and Back Home Again
In his 7th book Jeff Rasley continues his search to find, explore, and explain authentic community. Pilgrimage: Sturgis to Wounded Knee and Back Home is a very personal Memoir in which the author traces his roots to the bloody massacre of the Sioux at Wounded Knee. He deconstructs a local myth of his childhood in Goshen, Indiana about an Indian attack on the town, which never occurred. And then compares his experience in working with the Rai people in the Nepal Himalayas to the genocidal treatment of the American Plains Indians by his ancestors. It's all about finding meaning in the deep connectedness of human community.

Light in the Mountains -- A Hoosier Quaker Finds Communal Enlightenment in Nepal
Affluent kids at a wealthy suburban high school, after viewing a slideshow about Basa village, asked me, "Why do the Basa kids seem so much happier than we are. We have so much and they have so little. Yet, they are happy and we are stressed and anxious." In "Light in the Mountains" I compare and contrast the culture of those American adolescents with the children of Basa. In doing so I reveal what I have learned about the communal bonds of Basa village and why it is such a happy place.




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