You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ve heard that old saying a thousand times. But when you read Bill Packard’s brilliantly alive Flagstaff, Arizona memoir, Going Full Circle: Confessions of a Serial Nonprofiteer, you will find yourself laughing, crying, cussing humanity and loving what Bill tells us about deep community commitment; off-the-charts innovative non-profit design; the tenderness of a full marriage partnership; the depths of a loss; and the persistence of a couple determined to address not just injustice, but the structures and misguided humans that perpetuate it. Bill and Barbara Packard have given all of Flagstaff back to itself, and have done that through the practice of hard steady work. With any luck, you will finish this book and immediately contact potential allies to join with you in nurturing your community as Barbara and Bill Packard have.
Mary Sojourner, 35-year devoted Flagstaffian, author of the novels Sisters of the Dream, Going Through Ghosts, and 29; short story collections Bonelight and The Talker; newspaper op eds throughout the Southwest; and NPR commentaries.