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• A teenage gang member. • A journalist almost killed by a crazed reporter. • A priest who wants to be a missionary. • A chaplain to the Woodstock Rock Festival • A Federal Prison chaplain. • A sailor who lives aboard his boat for 18 years. • A person with Myasthenia Gravis, a neuro-muscular disease. • A man attempting to escape.

Background Information

I am a 71 year old Episcopal priest with a very interesting history. I was almost shot four times, in five riots, and the tail end of the "Perfect Storm."

 I spent my teenage life in a gang riddled neighborhood in San Francisco I joined a gang to survive. Looking for a way out of this situation, I saw the sea and sailing as a method of escape.  All I needed was a boat. 

After High School (in a better neighborhood) I dabbled in the Beatnik life, went to college, worked as photo journalist and in business.  The call to enter the priesthood in the Episcopal Church, lead me to missionary work in Central America.  I returned to the states and became chaplain of the Woodstock Rock Festival. 

Following this I became a Chaplain in the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, where I worked for twenty-two years. When I retired I sailed with my wife, Judy, in the Caribbean for five years and did some more missionary work in Colombia, SA.

I developed Myasthenia Gravis and moved back to the states for treatment.  During this time I wrote several books. 

Birth Place

At two Denton Literary Conferences I won the following:
First place for Non-fiction
First Place for short story
First Place for non-fiction article or story

Additional Information

"Between the Devil and the Deep...:Memoirs of a Maverick Priest" is now available at

Contact Information
Ames Swartsfager
41 Whitman Drive 
Granby CT 06035   usa
Contact Author: Ames K. Swartsfager
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Between the Devil and the Deep...
This my general blog page, but it is linked to two other blogs by me.

I am printing one of my books, "Down Island," about cruising in the Caribbean Islands, in this blog. One chapter per week.

Although much of what I had to say about the Festival is in the book, "Between the Devil and the Deep...," there are many thoughts I had about the youth, the communities and the churches reaction to the weekend on peace and music.

Info on my works:books,poetry,articles,and short stories. Blogs: Butterfly Creations, sailing,traveling, etc.

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