by Jim Mahern
While this is not the author's first book about people and places, it is his best. His stories, centering on April's simple statement about growing up, will ring true for most people. He discusses people and events in important aspects of his life: family, friends and faith. His personal observations on historical events of the 60s and 70s are informative. Many events are humorous. All are narratives based on real life experiences.
The stories begin in the small town of Fulton, NY in the 1940s, and continue through the last half of the 20th century and into the 21st, in this great country we call America. The author shares ideas that have helped him and others navigate many of life's twists and turns.
The people in the book are real. You will recognize many of them. Others perhaps have different names based on your own experiences. It is a brief and inspiring read.
About the Author
Jim Mahern was born in Fulton, a small town in central New York. For the last forty years he has lived at various times in Pleasanton, San Francisco and Pacific Grove in northern California. He has always treated events in life from the perspective best described by April and considers himself a storyteller, not an author.
During a successful business career Mahern helped start three small businesses, has been president of two trade associations, and served on the retail management advisory board of John F. Kennedy University in northern California.
Mahern and his best friend, his wife Marcelline, have successfully raised three children. He considers his children their greatest accomplishments. The best advice he has ever received was given to him by his grandmother: "Live your life so the preacher doesn't have to lie at your funeral." In that vein, he likes to remind people of the following perspective: There are no tombstones in any cemetery that read: "I wish I had spent more time at the office!"
(2013, paperback, 150 pages)