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American Dreams: Reveries and Revisitations Paperback – March 1, 2013
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In his book, Norbert Krapf does his part to help us realize it. As he describes the special powers of those like him, born on a Sunday: "to write, to look back, to foresee, to show the past as part of the present and the future, to show that all times and people are one", Krapf accomplishes this with his laser-like focus on both his American and ancestral German small communities and their simple and unsung citizens-how their their past and current American dreams are singular, yet universal-part of the greater whole of all of our dreams. As he also writes: "Let this pen show that a man or woman need not be famous to live well and be loved or do great deeds to be remembered. Show that a small life can be deeply lived leaving a legacy that sustains and nourishes."
Krapf's piece LETTER FROM A STAR ABOVE SOUTHERN INDIANA is worth the price of the entire book, with young Norbert describing his first realization of our inter-connectedness and ending with a blessing:
"All who came before were walking with me toward the new house, as the light poured down on me from millions of light years before, just as I am now walking with you, wherever you are, trying to speak to you in this language I hope is still yours, in this world I hope I still share with you. If you look up, as I looked up that night in southern Indiana, when the air was so fresh and clear, you may feel the light of this letter falling down toward you. You may even think you can see me in the night sky, will understand that I once walked the earth where you now walk. May this light bless you, your house, and those who come after you."