Everyone who helped on the Sequetus Series has it that they want to help.
That is the common thread, helping others. You will see it written in the Sequetus Series, book after book. It is there. Also in the Captain Kuro From Mars Series. So here is the real other side of all that made plain and visible. Nick’s desire to help.
Nick went to Tokyo at the end of 1992. In 1995 he volunteered to help at the Great Hanshin Earthquake, in Kobe. The city had been shattered. After that Nick was asked to volunteer in Nepal. That started a long term relationship, that exists today. All the while, Nick was writing the Sequetus series.
But different cultures were not new to Nick. In 1969 he teamed up with some fellow students and they went off to the highlands of New Guinea. There they met tribes that had only encountered white people once before in their history. Nick reveled in this. In his diary from 1970 he notes a tribal judicial payback in a park. This is where the accused was given a five minute head start, and tribal members painted in yellow clay would run after him with machetes. Nick said that in the evening they were told that the accused had died. See further below for more.
The header photo is of a group of children at a religious gathering. They worship the return of Maitreya, the one who Buddha said would follow one day to finish what he had started. This group also has s custom. They would light large bonfires and the members would write down on a paddle of wood what they had done that was bad that year, a confession. Then once given the okay, that wood would be thrown into the fire and their sins were no more. They could then lead a happier life with the regrets now forgiven. With Nick in the header photo is John Davis, behind, and Sawada Sensei by Nick’s side.
The photo immediately above shows Nick with a group of Buddhist monastery students in Kathmandu in 1995.