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A rollicking, often poignant look at a former university professor's journey through life. This delightful journey is highlighted by 10 maxims or guidelines for good living, gleaned from students, clients and colleagues, illustrated from the author's experiences as a severe stutterer in his youth, encountered during a long career in the Alice in Wonderland world of academic life, including 30 years at Northern Michigan University, as a speech therapist, in a variety of unusual jobs to finance an education, and from a life-long immersion in nature, the greatest teacher.
Woven throughout Sharing the Journey is the author's strong connection to the natural world, which has been most often found in the woods and waters of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Sample chapters/guidelines: Law of the Echo;Restoring Balance; Life is a Journey; Let the Craziness Emerge; Keep Looking for the Pony.
"Part memoir, part self-help guide, and written with wit, candor, insight, and a genuine knack for storytelling, Sharing the Journey is a rewarding, inspiring and thoroughly entertaining read." The Midwest Book Review
"Writing is fluid and easy to read. ...grabs readers' attention in first chapter. The 10 maxims are inspiring." Writers Digest 2000 Book Awards Review, January 2001
"A stunner. In 125 pages, presents crucial events in a life crammed with meaning. (It's) alive and jumping." Ken Macrorie, former University professor, Michigan State University
Reader Review. Reviewer: Steve Ford from Chicago, IL
"In this warm and highly personal little book, the author, Lon Emerick shares humorous anecdotes and profound experiences from his life which highlight ten simple lessons he has gleaned along the way. His is a life shaped by his love for his family, his life long passion for Nature, and his experiences as a professor, naturalist, and speech therapist in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Chapters each highlight a specific way of looking at life such as "Don't Wear a Raincoat in the Shower" and "Don't Pole Vault Over Mouse Turds". This book is sensitively written, makes a wonderful read and is a great gift for someone you care about."
About the Author: Lon L. Emerick is a Professor Emeritus of Northern Michigan University, after a long career teaching university students in speech pathology and audiology. A severe stutterer until receiving therapy in his college years, he then specialized in stuttering therapy, rehab after strokes, and counseling with parents of young children who were non-fluent. Emerick authored many textbooks in the speech pathology field, and is also the author of The Superior Peninsula - Seasons in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and With Stick and String - Adventures with Bow and Arrow.
126 pages, 6 x 9", soft cover
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