Authors, Davida "Pete" Gates
About the Author, Davida (Pete) Gates
Davida (Pete) Gates was raised in a poverty-stricken environment in the deep backwoods of southern Florida, and in continued poverty in Miami from age eleven. Through the deprivation, she escaped often by imagining stories of adventures in settings she could only imagine. Sitting in the family car downtown, she made up stories for herself about people passing on the street.. Early on, from this active imagination, she learned to observe real people, real situations, and real settings.

Late opportunities for higher education (Ph.D. at age 56), gradually opened career changes from office worker to teaching elementary school and college, state drug abuse prevention coordinator, finally to professional sociologist for the Federal government. It also brought opportunities for some world travel. These led to mature concerns for family, social problems, children, cultural differences, and led as well to a humorous, sometimes cynical and serious outlook. From these sources, she continued to make up more realistic stories. She began writing down some of her tales while still young, as she progressed from one career to the next. She was an avid rockhound and amateur geologist for sixty years, and has lived in ten states, traveled in all the lower 48 and Alaska (four times), Canada, and Mexico (several times), the Old Silk Road across China and into Pakistan, and to New Zealand, and Australia. She spent some time on the Oglala Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota in the sixties, and taught college and Elderhostel classes on American Indians. From these experiences have come several authentic cultural stories of children and other topics. Retired at age 63, Pete became an experienced hiker, highway walker, and backpacker, and has written books

on hiking, an Everglades adventure story for kids, and an autobiography suitable for high school and college social science and Depression history classes. She is now 85 years old, legally blind, profoundly deaf; has serious heart problems, with other deteriorations of old age, but retains her interest in and enthusiasm for life and people.


A Potpourri of Short Stories for Kids
Pages: 120
Publisher: Pale Horse Publishing (February 5, 2008)
Language: English
Product Dimensions:8.2 x 5.3 x 0.4 inches
Shipping Weight:5.6 ounces

Book Description
This volume contains realistic stories, mostly based on real kids, but with fictional details, in American schools. This book uses the
language of the people who actually lived in the times and places the stories took place. Some make strong moral points but without preaching. Two are about kids in other cultures: one about a little Mexican boy and his burro in the nineteen fifties; the other takes place on the Pine Ridge Oglala Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota, in the sixties. Both of these represent genuine settings, and the problems they have were genuine problems in their times and places. Several stories are actually true, or totally fiction, just for fun. This volume will be enjoyed by kids in general from about ten to late teens, and can be read by kids about fifth grade up. They also have shown great pleasure in having the stories read to them by teachers or parents.

Everglades Boys
Pages: 136
Publisher: Pale Horse Publishing; 2008
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1587471094
Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces

Book Description
This book uses the language of the people who actually lived in the times and places the stories take place. The three mothers watched apprehensively as their boys squeezed themselves into the front seat of Bert's old Chevrolet for their week's adventure in the Everglades and Big Cypress Swamp. In 1935, the Everglades was known as dangerous. Even grown men sometimes got lost there. For Doc, Sylvester and Bert facing snakes, alligators and the dreaded swamp misquito failed to dampen their enthusiasm for their first trip into the swamp without their parents.


A Potpourri of Short Stories for Adults
Pages: 146
Publisher: Pale Horse Publishing; 2008 edition (February 5, 2008)
Language: English
Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces

Book Description
This book is divided into three parts. First is The Human Condition, which contains stories that illustrate some of the experiences people have in various life situations. The second is Just for Fun, stories that
are funny or outlandish, written with a sense of humor. The third is Other Stories, which do not fit in the other two. Only one is sort of a horror tale; the others are of adventures and such. Most are principally for adult readers, though a handful are included also in the companion volume, A Potpourri of Short Stories for Kids.

A Hiker's Guide to Disaster
Pages: 219
Publisher: Pale Horse Publishing; 2nd edition (August 1, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1587470899
Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces

Book Description
Davida (Pete) Gates did little serious hiking before age fifty, but had disasters from the start! From day trails, to backpacking, to highway walking, she has endured fifteen hundred miles of problems, giving up only after old age, artificial knees and blindness interfered. As office worker, teacher, college professor and professional sociologist, she has lived through other disasters too. She has traveled all the lower 48 and Alaska (4 times), Canada and Mexico (several times), China, Pakistan, New Zealand, and Australia; rockhounded for 60 years; took rafts through Grand Canyon. These indicate a fully disastrous life.


This Little Earthly Show
Pages: 97
Pub. Date: 1994
Language: English
Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.2 x 0.3 inches
Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces

Book Description
Most of what is REAL in life is not inspirational, profound, or joyful. Much is ridiculous, unhappy, trivial, sad, painful. Right and wrong are generally impossible to evaluate with certainty. The happiest persons are those who live in the shelter of ignorance and/or unquestioning dogmatism. The deepest questions are probably unanswerable, but thoughtful persons keep trying. Years ago I developed a deliberate philosophy that I would never be a slave to comfort. The result has been not only that I hike in rain or cold with hurting feet, for the sake of challenge and for the love of Nature and the companionship of very real people. The ESSENCE of this philosophy is that I have tried never to allow myself to seek out mental, psychological or emotional comforts at the expense of honesty or common sense. I have tried not to ignore what my eyes and whatever intelligence I have tell me is THERE just because I wish it weren't, or because someone else seeks more comfort. If you are a slave to comfort, if you do not want to think about some of the raw edges of reality, to confront questions of life and faith, to look squarely at paradoxes, you will not like much of my poetry. On the other hand, not ALL reality is bitter and sad. There are some beauties in Nature, in human nature, in love. And there is a lot that is funny in both the pretty and the ugly. There is profundity in simplicity. If I have succeeded in my purpose, and if you read me carefully, you will find some things, some thoughts, that are beautiful, tender, funny, with maybe an accidental flash of simple profundity here and there, along with the principal themes, which are probably more cynical than anything else. I hope you will enjoy the discomforts along with me.

Growing Up Ain't Easy
Pages: 429
Publisher: Pale Horse Publishing 2007
Language: English
Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces

Book Description
Backwoods South Florida and a young polyglot Miami made growing up difficult for Davida (Pete) Gates, a tomboy girl born into abject poverty, with both loving and unloving relatives. Only slowly was she
able to adjust to the world outside her poverty and country ways, and she lived with emotional and psychological residues through a long and successful lifetime. Eventually she obtained a good education-became a teacher, professor and professional sociologist. She did a lot of hiking and other adventures and traveled widely, but remembers her childhood with much sentiment in spite of remaining hang-ups. The author spent her first eleven years, except two, in the deep backwoods of South Florida, in a desperately poor family and community in the 1920's. She finished growing up in young Miami during the World Depression. This volume details her early experiences and settings, tracing their influences, good and bad, upon her whole life. It is excellent supplementary reading for high school and college courses in Socialization, Social Psychology, Florida history, and Depression Economics. Gates pulls no punches and provides follow-up notes for closure to influential personalities. This autobiography is recommended also for general reading.