Cover of my new book: An Unusual Life 

 After a fifty year history of writing poetry and essays

 I began in Oct. of 2018 to edit and compile this body of

 work into book form.  I had also begun to document my

 life story in a very personal memoir over the years

 and after retiring in June 2018 I had the time and energy

 to complete it. The result is now available on Amazon

 in paperback and as an eBook.  Click the link below to

 be taken to the book's Amazon page.

  https://www.amazon.com/dp/1092109439?ref_=pe_3052080_397514860

 From the Back Cover:

  Why did I write this book? I turned 63 years old

this past March 16th 2019, and thoughts of one’s

mortality arise more and more often for those

of us who are fortunate enough to still be able

to reflect on a life of such duration. I find I now

 seem to be on the outside of a storefront

 looking in on a present that has left me behind

 in many ways. I must admit, I kind of prefer it

 that way, as much that is now the new normal

 is, shall we say, disagreeable to my constitution.

   This book documents the changes that occur

for a man born in the 1950s, growing up in small

town America, as the information age, and now

 the social media age took over the

weltanschauung of cultures around the world.

    It also documents my reactions to the travesty

of our military-industrial-corporate-complex/cartel

 controlled and manipulated lives and the tragic

 destruction of so many innocent lives, amid the

 escalating degradation of the environment,

by the self-interested agenda of this oligarchy.

This is my life story condensed into about a

 hundred pages; after that is a selection of my

 poetry and essays.

 I call it an unusual life

 because I am an unusual person.

    I do not fit most categories. I have been a carpenter,

 a rock band drummer, a treasure hunter,

and a nature adventurer. When I was young

I worked in factories and in construction.

Later I worked for thirty years in office machine

 service industries and for the last seven years

maintained computers and networks for a

major bank [working as a third-party vendor

 for a major IT outsourcing company].

   Now retired, I write essays on politics,

 philosophers, and religious topics. I compose

 music and songs and own a home recording

studio. I have six solo albums that I have written

 all the material, performed all the instrumental

 parts, recorded and engineered, self-produced,

 and released via iTunes, Spotify, etc.

   Why did I write this book? Generally speaking

most do not know the hour and place of their

passing. It would seem prudent therefore to

 acknowledge this outcome and make preparations.

    In that I offer my work, as one also predestined

 to that culmination, as a last will and testament.

 May it, in however small a way, make a difference.

 

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