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Gift of Seeds Paperback – December 15, 2012
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About the Author
About the Author John Clinton Gray After childhood in Levittown and college in Cincinnati, John’s first career as an engineer made it clear he was better with words and people than with numbers and things. John and his wife, Pamela, met and married in Colorado, lived in Arizona, then moved to southern California where they founded and, for decades, led a spiritual community and one of the most successful spa businesses in America. They raised their family and traveled extensively, John as a public speaker and, recently, as a writer. John and Pamela have two grown children, two grandchildren, no more pets, and are happily empty-nesting near Lake Elsinore, California.
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I read the stories slowly. Being of the same generation as the author, and also a child of the suburbs, there were many details that brought back memories of long ago & people now long gone, and experiences of more recent years.
The episodes are touching, funny, sad and mostly easy to relate to. Some of them could be stories from any of our own lives. I give it an enthusiastic 5 stars!
We all have stories to share especially as we grow older and our trail of memories lengthens. Yet this is no jogging of memories but living memories, touchable and oh so relatable!
Humor and a bit of, I have been there, seems to reach across the pages and touch hearts.
A gem of a book, read it!
"We were hooked [on sugar] from the time we were old enough to play outside on our town, until puberty arrived and changed the world forever." (4)
"Little kids were exempt from their bullying, but the day came when we had grown into suitable prey." (4)
"Row Row was a caricature kid caught in adolescent hell, random body parts maturing while others waited." (49)
Full of honesty, this book is a captivating coming-of-age narration from boyhood to manhood. John Gray is a poignant and funny character, which is revealed in his short, quirky ruminations about life and experience.
The reader becomes a traveler in these tales--we go from the farmlands in Delaware to scouring pipes in Levittown sewers to meeting Columbo on a flight to JFK. Admittedly, however, some stories were not that interesting, like the baseball one, for example (but that's just because I'm not really into sports.) At times, I felt that the details got a little too technical with dates and historical facts--a few too many numbers, if you ask me. And why was there a recipe?
"Companion Flier" was, by far, my favorite story--simple, quick, and hilarious!
"Maine Event" was another great one about John's first love and first heart break at 12-years old. "Boys at that stage know all about b#!, but only theory about what the equipment is for." (250)
"Novel Idea" illustrated the pivotal essence of the whole writing experience that EVERY author goes through from the inception of an idea to the turbulent trials of developing a story. "Some successful writer wrote that writers just write. Even if we go back and delete most of what we pecked out and start over, we write. Even if we feel depressed and unworthy, we write. Even when we're arrogant a#!, we write. Well...WTF...I'll just start." (266)
Even though this is a non-fiction account of a man's life, Gray writes with the heart and skill of a story-teller.
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FEEL good reading, can't wait for his next book.