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on LIFE – Rants, Tributes and Lessons Learned in No Particular Order

by David M. Perkins

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from the Author –

Over the past 30 or 40 years, a handful of friends, family, and even a few strangers (I won't pretend there were a lot) have asked for printed copies of some of the pieces I've written, posted or published in various forms. I'm always flattered and have always been happy to oblige. But I recently ran into a little trouble locating a couple of pieces that were requested. I realized that I hadn't been a very good steward of my written ramblings and tirades.

I decided to gather as much of this material as I could find, which turned out to be harder than I imagined, given decades of computer updates and software changes. As it turned out, my writings would be found in a lot of different formats, in a lot of different places. A less ego-driven personality would have given up long ago. But, I had also promised my son that I would try to leave the paper trail that I wish I had had from my own father. I have pieced together at least a short trail for him. Whether he finds it of any value, or even interest, will not be in my control.

As for anyone else who decides to wade through this, I am fully aware that a huge percentage of you will vehemently disagree with a huge percentage of what is written here. I'm okay with that. I am so accustomed to it, in fact, that I sometimes feel the need to reevaluate my stance when I find myself siding with the majority. Maybe that's just contrarianism; something I have been labeled with more than once. Not surprisingly, many of my family and friends long ago learned to ignore me. I am also okay with that.

So … read it, or don't. Agree with it, or don't. Much of it was written without the expectation that anyone else would ever see it. It was put on paper in the first place mostly to prevent my head from exploding. Even if nobody comes inside the tent, you still gotta feed the elephant.

~ David M. Perkins

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What Readers Are Saying About on LIFE –

Amazon 5 Star review“A Shining Star Beautifully Written – Sometimes you pick a book that you would never normally do, and that very book will be the one that stays with you for a long time after you have read it. This is one of those books. Pick it! You will read a story and appreciate the very small things in your life and realise just how big they are to you. You will read another and feel moved to respond – if only it was a social media post – and you will read one that quietens the mind and makes you cry. But each one is all about you, and how you feel.

It is almost a self-help book that gets you to think about all those things you are supposed to do when you are tasked with reflecting on yourself – on what is important to you. I absolutely loved it and it will remain with me for many, many years. Wonderful stories, beautifully and thoughtfully written.”
~ Nic Young • Reviewed in the United Kingdom

Amazon 5 Star review“A Beautiful Mix of Heartfelt and Hilarious – Gritty, honest, and at times dripping with sarcasm, ‘on LIFE' takes you on a journey through the author's growth and evolution as a human and a father to arrive at the incredible gift he’s compiled for his son. His pondering and sometimes raw thoughts — all revelations peppered with self-deprecating humor — allow you a better glimpse into his authentic self. Every “long-winded post-it note” was easy and conversational yet eloquent. From major world events to major personal milestones, he's got things we can all relate to, or give us pause to think. I’m very glad he fed the elephant so we could take the journey, too.” ~ Meghan M Kiely

Amazon 5 Star review“This is what a brilliantly crafted essay looks like – I consumed the entire book at one sitting, with a grin on my face. The stories are filled with wit, introspection, and unfiltered honesty … writing as smooth and chill as a serene lake. This thought-provoking compilation is a celebration of embracing his unique voice, mastered over decades of massive writing, I am sure. The letter to his son was poignant, and I would like to say more, but my words fail me, as usual. Just get it and read it and you will be inspired.” ~ HSN Publishing

Amazon 5 Star review“Captivating – ‘on Life: Rants, Tributes, and Lessons Learned in No Particular Order' is a captivating exploration of the human experience. The author skillfully weaves personal anecdotes, insightful rants, and heartfelt tributes, creating a mosaic of reflections on life's unpredictable journey. With a unique blend of humor and wisdom, the book imparts valuable lessons, reminding readers that amidst chaos, there's beauty in the disorder of existence. A delightful read that prompts introspection and leaves a lasting impact. ~ Kelly S.

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Dear Austin – A Letter To My Son

by David M. Perkins

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Leaving Home –

for college, for military service, or for a job.
It's a milestone in the life of almost every child.
And a bittersweet crossroads for almost every parent.

What you say to your child at this critical moment, and how you say it, can be a welcome catharsis for you, as a parent, and a lifelong gift to your child. The letter in this book is how David Perkins chose to say goodbye to his son as he left for college.

If you're a parent confronting the inevitable concerns that come with a child's departure from home, this book can help you come to terms with and embrace the hope and excitement of this new chapter in your life, and your child's life. If you're a young man or young woman preparing to leave home, the advice in this book is timeless and universal.

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What Professionals Have to Say About Dear Austin –

“Dear Austin is a gem, and Austin is a very fortunate young man. Your words of wisdom and loving thoughts provide a priceless touchstone as you encourage him to find his way, not follow yours.

I wish you well with your book and hope it finds its way into the hands of many parents who are launching their sons and daughters — deepening connection while letting go.”

Karen Levin Coburn, Senior Consultant in Residence, Washington University
Co-author of Letting Go: A Parents’ Guide to Understanding the College Years

“David Perkins' poignant, tender, wise love letter to his college-bound son is essential reading for all parents in similar situations. It's about holding on and letting go. This is not a ‘how to write this letter' book but more importantly an inspired invitation to let your heart whisper what it most yearns to say to your departing children.

Read it, feel it, and write your own love letters when it's time.”

Carleton Kendrick, Ed.M., LCSW, Family Therapist
Author – Take Out Your Nose Ring, Honey, We're Going to Grandma's: Hanging In, Holding On and Letting Go of Your Teen

“This book is so needed for every parent who thinks their child is going through the rite of passage into adulthood, no matter where that next step is leading. Dear Austin is a great resource to help parents begin to let go; it validates the necessity that it’s okay to let go. David Perkins does a beautiful job of letting parents know that it’s okay to feel nervous about this critical time in your child’s life, and to embrace uncertainty because, simply, there is no way around it.”

“David has the ability to combine humor and heartache, which left me in laughter and tears for all the right reasons. I loved the voice he invested in this book – real, genuine, from the heart, and mixed with confidence, anxiety, uncertainty, and vulnerability. As parents, we really need to embrace all, face all, and fear all. His letter has shown me the future of what my husband and I hope to become.”

Sonja Montiel, M.A., Educational Consultant, www.CollegeConfidence.com

“On the eve of his son's departure for college, David Perkins wrote a wonderful, heartfelt, funny and wise farewell letter, jotting down everything he wanted to say about, well, everything – life, love, hopes and dreams, good choices, bad choices and the freedom to choose. It's what every parent yearns to express. And it's the perfect volume to press into your beloved child's hands on graduation day.”

Jackie Burrell, About.com Guide to Parenting Young Adults, http://youngadults.about.com

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