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Excerpts from Memories of an average Joe
A Corporate Purchasing Manager returns to his roots of Reading, Writing, and Ranching
The journey through one's life is sometimes difficult, but the reminiscences were too sweet to stop. Without much guidance I made my way through sunshine and shadows, recalling places and experiences that were uniquely my own.
Raleigh, N.C. December 26, 2007
Author Billy Joe Reynolds is a baby-boomer who recalls family and friends from age three to 63 in his recently released unique memoir. Born in Kansas and raised in Nebraska, this country boy learns the basic skills, human values and hands-on work ethics to help his family survive in the early 1950’s.
His father’s decision to leave the Midwest for California alienates his oldest Son who vows to make his own plans in the future. After a stint in College, thanks to an athletic scholarship, Joe becomes a Military Police Training Sergeant in Inchon, Korea. Then it’s on to a rather turbulent, but successful 40-year career with Xerox, Kodak and other manufacturers.
Lou Dobb’s noted on his jacket cover of EXPORTING AMERICA, that “with the pay of corporate and American job creation at the lowest level since the Depression, corporations are laying off Americans – blue collar factory workers and white collar professionals alike – purely to cut costs. Thousands of quality jobs are lost every month.”
• Contrary Joe didn’t plan to leave the Midwest.
• But he planned to go to College.
• He planned to serve his country in the US Army.
• He planned to find new jobs before being “outsourced” by Corporations.
• Finally, he and his wife planned their new life on the ranch.
Our Contrary hero breaks the mold of the average Joe. “Boomers” may relate and be inspired by this thoughtful memoir and the plans that created their new life together.
"Inspite of all my complaining about the inequities of life's journey, I feel blessed to be here, putting some of the highlights before you."
"Most Oregonians look forward to the springtime and better weather. My Kathy saves baby starlings that fall from their nests. She keeps them in a cardboard box and feeds them daily with a syringe. After a couple of weeks they're ready to fly up into our trees. She gives life without payment or thanks. I asked her why and she asks me rhetorically 'How can you not?'"
I believe that sums it up well...
We enjoy each day together, turning out the horses and playing with the dogs. I drive the tractor at my own pace, listening to my IPOD and growing old with McCartney, JT, Dylan, and Buffett.....