After an exciting April blizzard at the beginning of this week, the sun is back and beautiful!
I just couldn’t resist rushing out through DEEP SNOW to take this cool picture on my back fence before it melted!
As stated in the preface of my new book, John is the reason why I wrote it. The bookis dedicated to him. He seemed to have disappeared completely, and we all feared the worst. I felt like that would be such a waste of a great mind.
Ever since my own crises turned midlife awakening, I have worked hard to call attention to the plight of those of us who struggle in midlife. My sense is that if we better understand where we came from emotionally, we have a better chance of improving the rest of our time here on earth. Through my own experiences and those of thousands of others, I have learned firsthand to appreciate the unique challenges we face as a generation.
As the rates of divorce, unemployment, depression, obesity, heart attack, substance abuse, and suicide continue to rise, I have been astounded to find
a general lack of interest on the part of most in the United States, especially the mainstream media. Is there no interest in what is really happening to millions of Americans in their 40s, 50s, and early 60s? To me, my brother’s story is symbolic.
John was one resourceful, intelligent man who gave life his best, but found he could not survive in this world no matter how hard he tried. And he did try very hard to improve himself and to contribute. He worked hard his whole life, finally completing his bachelor’s degree at age 40 while working full-time. He then became an excellent science teacher, but still could not find a job or get ahead.
It appears John has become another lost soul of our generation…