Me: What are some messages that you hope readers will take with after reading your book?
I hope that they may come to believe that maybe there is a better place, a better existence out there, waiting for us when we die.
That it is inhabited by a being most wonderful in every way.
If we lead a good life here on earth (because that is his will), that we may in so doing make ourselves better people and the earth a better place.
Me: Do you think that there will ever be a time when Americans will truly forget/abandon God?
I pray that that will not happen and my book is an effort to try to stem and reverse that trend.
A lot of my book contains thoughts that are not really my own, that is, they just came to me, in the middle of the night, on the train, or at work (and I believe that these are inspired by God).
And I also think that things may be better than we think.
Unfortunately, the main stream news media only think that bad things are news and that there is an awful lot of good stuff going on to, whether it be with Religion or just things in general.
Me: If Americans continue at the rate that they are going now, what are your predictions for the future?
While we are a very long way from it, if we continue down the road of selfishness, division and partisanship, we could be heading for an implosion, perhaps a violent one.
And no matter what your position or beliefs, no one but crazy people can want that to happen.
And again I see signs of change and good things happening, good people happening (of all types) and that keeps my hopes alive.
Me: You mention that many religions have a lot in common. What are some common grounds that they seem to share.
That there is just one supreme being, one God and for many of us that is the God of Abraham.
That there is a heaven or paradise awaiting us.
That we all require purification and need to work on that while we are here in this world.
And as part of that, that we need to help others, especially the less fortunate.
Me: Would you say that your degree in Economics has greatly affected your thoughts when writing this book?
I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, which means that while Economics was my major, I really have a Liberal Arts degree.
And that means that I had classes in Philosophy, History and Literature and those were more instrumental than Economics in writing my book.
Me: If you can give others advice what would it be?
We are physical beings, be more into doing than showing and/or sharing.
Try to enjoy your life as best you can (it goes by so very quickly).
You need to work but try and find something that you can take some enjoyment and pride out of and develop more proficiency and expertise (those last will help you to stay employed).
Find activities that you enjoy.
And find out what your talents are and pursue and develop them.
Me: After reading your book, I am curious. Where do you see the millennials leading our country?
It is a very difficult question to answer on different levels.
First of all, I do not look at Millennials as a homogeneous group of people.
They define a generation as roughly twenty years but the truth is, that there are generational differences between people born even several years a part.
So I look at Millennials as being split into a least two groups, those being born at the being of what is considered Millennial and those born later (I am at the head of the baby boomers and my brother born five years later has some different values).
I know many of the early Millennials and probably very few of the later ones.
Those early ones seem to have values similar to mine but I have concerns about the later ones, whom seem to be to be too immersed in technology but that perception is likely more based upon their portrayal in the general Media, than personal interactions on my part.
Those I do know, whether early or later, again seem to have good values, so I do not have any concerns and feel that they will lead our country in the proper direction.
Me: What other hobbies besides writing do you enjoy that you can share with us readers?
You know I am an older guy and played and participated in pretty much every sport and activity you can think of when I was younger.
When I was Fifty-five, I bought a large motorcycle and was privileged to take some cross country trips, which were great adventures (unfortunately I just very recently had to sell my motorcycle – just getting to old and felt that I was maybe pushing my luck, as a very dangerous activity to partake of).
So now that leaves me with singing.
I sign (karaoke) two to three times a weeks and have sung with bands and professional performers and have actually made two CD’s and have plans to do another.
Me: Do you have any future writing projects at the moment that you can tells us about?
I am working on another book and it is about America.
The concept of America and what exactly it means to be an American.
It will include historical details on our founding fathers (I don’t think people understand what a brilliant group of people they were (most of them were geniuses) and what they personally risked in leading the revolution).
And it will also delve into what the Constitution really means.
Me: Where can readers find you and your work on line?
My work is available on Amazon, Google Play, Barnes & Noble, I-Tunes and I believe also Kindle.
I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.