Those words from Janis Joplin's popular song "Me & Bobbie McGee" used to haunt me every time I thought about them or heard them on the radio. I'm not sure what she meant, exactly, but Janis was no stranger to troubled times, nor am I...so I always felt a sort of secret understanding about what she meant. I'm not going to take liberties with Janis' presumed intentions, but I was a close friend of someone who knew her well...well enough to greet her at the Santa Fe airport whenever she wanted to escape from the bright lights and tumultuous world celebrities live in and take her to a secluded little mountain town in the Sangre de Christo mountains where she wrote and recorded that song.
Freedom's a big word. Like the words Love, Truth, Honor and a few others like that, there are a lot of variations in meaning. Janis had nothing in the beginning of her music career, and eventually had every material thing money could buy...but as it often happens with stardom and life in general, it couldn't buy her what she wanted most...love.
We are pleased to announce the winner of Book #183 of the Silver Edition of A Matter Of Time drawn recently from the names of people who signed up for our official Mailing List as part of the recent launch of the 4th Edition (eBook).
Roger Wyer, of La Vista, California is proud new owner of this limited edition collectors' item, which comes signed, sealed and numbered (only 500 were printed), and in its own special cover design. The last dozen of these books sold for $50 each, and will go up in price and value with each hundred sold. When they're gone, they're gone...that's it.
Roger's a good friend and long-time supporter (we had our eyes closed when we drew his name from our list), and we're pleased to send it to him...as soon as he sends us $50.00 for postage and handling. (Just kidding, Roger)
There's a great story about the creation of this very unique version of Don's book, and why it was created. You can find out more about it at....
Miracles & Wonders
My life's been a series of miracles and wonders, even though I've put myself through hell and back to come to that conclusion. I've always loved that expression sung so poetically by Paul Simon for entirely different reasons, but as I look back over the rock and rubble-strewn roads and no roads at all at times that I've covered in my life, I marvel at how I've managed to stay alive and sane throughout the journey. To me, having grown up in a military family and traveled all my life, everything's always been a new challenge to adapt to...something more to learn from, another hurdle to leap along the way when I knew damn well there had to be a highway nearby. I've always relished those highways and freeways when I could find them and stay on them, but inevitably I'd find a way to plunge back into the rocks and rubble and jungles, perplexed and distraught at times but always glad eventually that I've seen the things I've seen and done the things I've done in my life. No way could I have predicted in my wildest dreams the paths I've trod and trails I've carved with my physical hands and with my soul's relentless drive to know more and do more with the mysteries of this Earthly journey I've somehow contracted to be on this time around.
Today's eBook Release Party on Facebook was a huge success. Thank you to everyone who attended - great interaction, questions, comments and well-wishes.