Yes, I am writing a book; no, it isn’t a novel.
The idea came during winter 2010 in Glasgow, its coldest in 60 years. The economy was crumbling like the facades of its riverfront warehouses and the people were as frozen as the pavements. After leaving Scotland I went to the States where I witnessed people frustrated and discouraged; trapped by the economy, and manipulated by politicians. Everyone was afraid of the future and terrified of running out of money.
It hit me: I had to write a book about the possibility of a different kind of life. So many people go are on autopilot, afraid to deviate from what they think is expected of them, afraid to experiment or question. The Book is for everyone who feels trapped and tired. The Book says: “You have a choice. You don’t have to be scared.”
The Book tells the stories of people who refuse to go gently into the fiction of “normal” life. They have confronted all the usual excuses for saying “no” (children, illness, age, lack of opportunity) and with cheerful, bloody-minded determination said “yes” to their dreams. These quiet heroes know the secret of success is not money, power, or privilege, but passion, desire, and a willingness to take risks. They are, to borrow from Henry David Thoreau, living deliberately.
The cast includes:
Matt Schlein – Founder of The Walden Project
Nancy Sathre-Vogel – Adventurer, educator, author, and Family on Bikes matriarch
Raina Casarez – Founder of MindBody Fitness
Dr Ruth Heidrich – Athlete, author and nutritionist
Earl & Hilda Jones – Owners of the award-winning Abacela winery