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The Boomer Blues by Richard Caplan
For author Dick Caplan, the small town of Wallingford, Connecticut, was an idyllic place to grow up—even if he did have to practice hiding under his desk in case of a nuclear attack. His 1950s childhood was filled with birthday parties, baseball, and fantasies of becoming a superhero. But in the sixties and seventies, Caplan confronted shocking moments of political turmoil and cultural upheaval.
To illustrate the genesis of many boomers’ liberal political leanings, Caplan discusses numerous horrifying events that his generation witnessed—the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Medger Evers, and Martin Luther King Jr.; the shootings at Kent State and atrocities in Vietnam; the murders of civil rights protestors and innocent black children. Against that backdrop, he expresses his concerns with modern-day media and the political process.
Besides writing about his own experiences and opinions, Caplan traces his personal history back to the late 1800s, when his father’s family emigrated from Russia. He also recounts highlights from the 340-year-old history of Wallingford.
Written in short, topical chapters that are meditative, heartwarming, and witty, Boomer Blues is the ideal coming-of-age tale for a generation that is still maturing and shaping our nation.
Dick Caplan spent more than twenty years working in mental health and social service settings and over thirty years in private practice. He is also an entrepreneur and businessman. Caplan graduated from Antioch College in 1972 and Smith School of Social Work in 1980. Caplan lives in Wallingford, Connecticut, with his wife, Karen; son, Tom; and golden retriever, Clio. The Boomer Blues is his first book.
Glimpses of an Unchartered Life by Richard H. Shriver
At forty-three years old, during the height of the Cold War, author Richard H. Shriver was offered an appointment in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as director of telecommunications and command-and-control systems. He had a long-standing desire to see from the inside how the government functioned. So. Shriver sold his interest in a successful company and took the plunge.
In Glimpses of an Uncharted Life, he shares the consequences of that decision and what life was like from that point on. Shriver presents a collection of stories in three parts. The first section, -Foreign Affairs, - starts with the beginning of the end of the Cold War. The second section, -Domestic Affairs, - narrates his experiences with the federal government and offers observations about government in his state of Connecticut. The final section, -Tapering Off, - tells what happens when a calendar that was full for more than fifty years suddenly goes blank.
A book of reminisces and reflections, Glimpses of an Uncharted Life shares what Shriver and his wife, Barbara, gleaned from living overseas for fifteen years, and what they learned about life and people inside communism and inside countries recovering from the collapse of tyrannies.
Richard H. Shriver was trained as an engineer and as a mathematician/statistician. He leapt from a small company to a top civilian position in the Pentagon. His Cold War experience led to years of adventures inside the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Shriver left behind a new legal system for Estonia and thousands of new private sector jobs in an independent Ukraine. He lives with his wife Barbara in Old Lyme, CT.
Notes from Old Lyme: Life on the Marsh and Other Essays by Sydney M. Williams
Sydney M. Williams has compiled a medley of essays that reflect on the precious moments of life spent in contemplation, away from the hustle and bustle of the everyday grind. They include his time spent in nature, with friends and family, or reflecting on our nation’s current affairs. Within his essays there is an inspiring appreciation of the art of savoring life rather than careening through it, unaware of our surroundings and ourselves.
Sydney M. Williams lives in Old Lyme, Connecticut. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1965, and for the last forty-seven years has worked on Wall Street. He writes the blogs Thought of the Day and Notes from Old Lyme, and is the author of One Man's Family: Growing Up in Peterborough and Other Stories from Bauhan Publishing.
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