Raised On Freedom: Favored Tales of a Boomer Kid

by | Apr 9, 2024 | ReadersMagnet Authors' Lounge | 0 comments

Thank you for the opportunity to feature Raised On Freedom in the Authors’ Lounge. The book is a heartwarming, entertaining memoir from the transformative Baby Boomer years. These are tales of playful joys and transformative heartbreaks. 

Readers will enjoy the rollicking adventure of the book. As kids of the 1960s, we ran barefoot, explored for hours unsupervised, caught frogs and fish in irrigation ditches, floated down the river in truck tire innertubes, built tree forts, had a menagerie of pets, played hide and seek late into summer nights, slept out under the stars, skated on frozen ponds, started a neighborhood candy store, romped through miles of open hills on horseback, raced, jumped and even bred horses, and got ourselves into and out of troubles of our own making.

Just as each fairy tale contains darkness and light, so does this memoir. The times were wonderful but also tumultuous with emerging societal issues, political assassinations, the Cold War, and the Vietnam War. And family turmoil, divorce, and domestic abuse, brought my childhood to a cataclysmic end.

Reviewers have described Raised On Freedom as a grand adventure with descriptive, entertaining, and humorous storytelling that makes you feel a part of the adventure. It opens the floodgates to one’s childhood memories.

Inspiration for Raised On Freedom

This book was a labor of love for me to capture the era of my childhood in small-town Pocatello, Idaho during the 1960s. These are remarkable experiences I delighted my kids and grandkids with through the years. It was with their encouragement that I wrote the book.

I related these stories and carried them in my heart throughout my life. I remembered them quite vividly. Due to their retelling, surely. But also, they are such remarkable anecdotes. The stories will make you laugh and cry. And some will cause you to say, “Oh my gosh, if my kid did that I’d faint!”

The most fun and immersive experience I had in writing this book was sharing the early manuscript with my family and friends included in it. Involving them was evocative, and their feedback enriched and fortified the tales.

What Audiences Will Gain from Reading Raised On Freedom

I would recommend Raised On Freedom to any reader. Particularly to those of my generation, or those interested in their parents’, and grandparents’, experience. I have reviews of readers from various generations who enjoyed it. This story of childhood and its inevitable loss is universal. The host of the Memoir Lane Podcast described the book as a time capsule wrapped in love.

Childhood is such a formative time of life. Raised On Freedom encourages readers to enliven and recall with new eyes the childhoods that shaped them.

The era of this book was a wonderful time to grow up in America. Babies were booming because economies, family values, freedom, patriotism, and optimism were booming. A family could live well on one salary. There was a great deal of trust in the essential goodness of society.

As a child of the times, I beheld life in America as a widespread common cultural experience with a shared sense of community. Smartphones, social media, and technologies did not dominate our lives. Instead, we got together with friends and family to connect and outwardly experience our world. As children we let our imaginations create our fun rather than video games and social media. 

I invite readers to simply have fun and enjoy the adventures. And remember how important play is for kids. The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt posits that the brain of a growing child, like other mammals, expects thousands of hours of play – falls, scrapes, conflicts, insults, alliances, betrayals, status competitions, and exclusions – to finish the intricate wiring process of neural brain development. Free play helps children develop skills of cooperation and dispute resolution. Alexis de Tocqueville referred to this as the “art of association upon which democracies depend” in his 1835 book, Democracies in America.

Our childhood freedom then was baked into the recipe of the times. We were raised by parents from the Greatest Generation. They had to be self-sufficient because their families needed them to be during the Great Depression and WWII years. Our parents had every expectation their kids could take care of themselves.

Future Plans for Raised On Freedom

Many have suggested that the book become available to school children to give them an idea of what life was like in these simpler times. I hope to achieve this.

A long-term goal is to publish a series of children’s books based on the stories contained in the book.

About the Author

Although I did quite a bit of business writing in my career, I truly doubted I would ever write and publish a book. I am grateful to family and friends who encouraged me to do so through the years. My daughter, who grew up on these stories, was my most ardent muse.

I had a long career in information management primarily at various Department of Energy National Laboratories and projects. My career took me from southwest Idaho, to Seattle, WA, Las Vegas, NV, and Santa Fe NM. I retired in December 2021 from the Los Alamos National Laboratory then moved back to my home in Las Vegas. It was in my first year of retirement that I finally found time to write Raised On Freedom.

Having fully contracted the writing bug, I will be publishing my first novel in May/June 2024.

Readers can find Raised On Freedom on Amazon in paperback, eBook, and Audible.

Visit my website for news on upcoming books and events at Books gmfreedombooks.com.

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