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This Life's Tempestuous Sea: Risks Survived and Lessons Learned While Growing Up and Growing Older (And Voicing Several Concerns for America and the World)

Toland, Douglas Charles

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ISBN 10: 1481735160 / ISBN 13: 9781481735162
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Title: This Life's Tempestuous Sea: Risks Survived ...

Publisher: AuthorHouse


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In a weak moment, I have written a book. -Margaret Mitchell This book is a multilayered creation that touches on a wide array of topics, many of them drawn from personal experiences. Indeed, you the lucky reader will be blessed with enough material for at least three books within one cover. Why would I want to write such a multi-themed book? It wasn't my original intention. Maybe I've learned an important lesson and won't do so next time. Like many older folks, I wanted to share what I have learned to be true and useful and couldn't seem to stay with a single topic. I've lived long enough to confirm an important realization: the gleanings from a well-lived life are at least as important as knowledge gained vicariously through reading and classroom attendance. But I think most people don't fully appreciate the value of their life lessons and end up taking most of them to the grave. I want to counter that pattern and use this book to share as many of my gleanings as I can. I also recognize several imminent dangers facing this nation and our planet and feel compelled to share these concerns. Just as important: I want my wife, children, and grandchildren to know more about who I was and who I've come to be. I hope they will have occasions to use some of my wisdom.

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Born in 1942, Douglas Charles Toland grew up in a semirural corner of northern Delaware. The third of three sons in a blue-collar family, he felt confined by the pressures of near-constant parental and sibling monitoring throughout childhood. Rarely confident in the adolescent social world as well, he found solace in nature and in his love for all living things. This book highlights many of his struggles with unrealistic expectations (including many of his own), feeling victimized, coping with life-threatening migraine headaches, overcoming a crippling academic deficit, and his anxiety over the Cold War and America's expanding consumerism following World War II. But because of his family's steadfastness, his love of weather and all things natural, discipline learned in the navy and in college, and his discovery of mineralogy, Doug developed a unique perspective on himself and this world. His fishing, prospecting, and other outdoor experiences gave him time and place to shape his thoughts on several grave dangers facing the world, in particular the people living the Western lifestyle. He developed an untutored but unique writing style by corresponding with family and friends since childhood, along with his first wife's help in reviewing and editing technical reports. This is his story about surviving, growing beyond his earlier life's tempestuous sea of confusion and fear of failure, learning valuable life skills while an Alaskan resident for twenty-five years, and eventually finding his spiritual and emotional center.

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