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Making Happy: A Memoir Paperback – June 17, 2009
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Like the marriage he left behind, Ron abandons all judgment during his excursion into bachelorhood. He shares his tales of new friends (mostly great-looking women) he meets along the way. No matter where Ron guides us -- in singles complexes in his hometown, in Hawaii, in Aruba -- he spotlights his sense of wonder and appreciation at this new world that welcomes him wholeheartedly.
There's a sweet naiveté to Ron's discoveries. And perhaps that's what makes his memoir so endearing. Despite business reversals and dishonest partners, Ron looks back on this period of his life with a smile. Maybe it was the altitude in the Smokey Mountains that created a vision, but in one of the many uplifting chapters in the book, Ron thinks he hears God urging him to take on, as a mission in life, the goal of making others happy. When you read his exploits, many laugh-out-loud funny, you realize Ron has enthusiastically accepted the challenge.
By the conclusion of the book, Ron has traveled full circle. Despite the scores of women, the airplanes, sailboats, and hot tubs, the breathtaking vistas, Ron turns away from it all to fall in love with the girl-next-door (well, practically). Blessed domesticity is his reward for surviving his rollercoaster ride. Fortunately, the smile that was his companion during his single days remains on his face. Still making others laugh, still making happy. Way to go, Bro!
Thus it is without great trepidation that I launch into this.
In his memoir MAKING HAPPY, Ron has elevated an 'exotic' story of a time in his life when he was 'between' marriages into a spiritual archaeology of sorts: an extraordinary chronicle of his life when he lived in a state of emancipated manhood. His conquests are many; his lasting commitments, well...let me just say Ron was not able to resist his egalitarian impulses.
The ghosts of that life - and of an era - is present in every sentence.
Evoking the idealism of a more ingenious era, 'MAKING HAPPY a memoir' possesses the power characteristic of non-fiction works. It makes the reader think......and feel.
'MAKING HAPPY a memoir' is also instructive to those us who have yet to live a full life on how to address, later in life, the difficulties one encounters when faced with a recalcitrant memory of a life of yore.
Prescriptive linguistics notwithstanding, I enjoyed reading it! Great story.
But, I had no idea of the wildly varied job and life experiences of his youth. From the Carolinas to Hawaii to St. Martens to Mexico. From Pedicab peddler to hiker to soldier to his early days in photography, Ron was certainly not afraid to try out life to its fullness.
I enjoyed this quick fun read, and I know you will too.
How does one go from helping his father in a grocery store in Chicago to selling speed equipment at an auto parts store,to becoming a professional photographer? Ron tells it all.He works hard, and plays even harder! We learn about his life following his divorce, and continue until he meets and marries his true love.
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It was a story about what I would imagine would be every man's fantasy!Read more