Bill Ramsey’s 2015 collection of concise, real-life essays is titled What Do YOU Think? He has also written Me Now – Who Next? (The Inspiring Story of a Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery) and Now That I Think About It.
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After writing my first collection of essays, Now That I Think About It (Reflections of “Billy the Elder”), it occurred to me that I had had “my say,” but hadn’t heard what others thought. So, with that in mind, I have written What do YOU Think? Brief Essays from Real Life, which I hope will stimulate readers to explore their own feelings about things. Topics addressed range from such contentious ones as sports, politics, technology, etc. It is my hope that after reading this book, readers will be inspired to explore what they think about these subjects.
A truly inspiring story of recovery from a severe traumatic brain injury. Young executive Angela Tucker had not expected to die that 2008 summer day. A semi-truck on car crash had killed her husband and left her hanging on to life by a slender, golden thread. At thirty, with her brain severely damaged and the critical C1 Atlas and C2 Axis vertebrae badly broken, she had lost almost everything.
In the years following the crash, with the help of doctors, therapists, friends and family, she fought gallantly to recover and build an entirely new life. She could have quit but never did. Today, Angela lives independently in NYC. The injury transformed her life in many surprising and positive ways. Today she is a nationally recognized advocate for millions of people who have suffered brain injuries. Writing about her has changed my life. Reading about her can change your life too.
These original essays cover subjects including writing, reading, news-making, government, religion, family dynamics, friendship, fame, hating, loving, true beauty, self-defeat, self-preservation, and the end of life. The mix is intense, humorous, introspective, motivating and ironic and intended to stimulate reader thinking. Each essay is about 200 words. Succinct writing is stimulating and demands self-discipline. Why use 2,000 words when 200 can make the same point? Short essays promote reader reflection. Long essays promote eye-strain and brain cramps.
Thinking should be a daily discipline. Real thinking is not easy. This point is well stated in the Ayn Rand classic “Atlas Shrugged.”
“You see, Dr. Stadler, people don’t want to think. And the deeper they get into trouble, the less they want to think. By some sort of instinct, they feel they ought to (think) and they feel guilty. So they will bless and follow anyone who gives them justification for not thinking. Anyone who makes a virtue – a highly intellectual virtue – out of what they know to be their sin, their weakness and their guilt.”
Carefree, innocent, joyful boyhood in the small town of Houston, Pennsylvania. The story of one boy’s childhood is told in factual, fast-paced vignettes of family life, friends, neighbors, school, sports, church, food, fun, music and dance. The author vividly contrasts his childhood with those of today’s children. We cannot return to the fifties, but we can and we must return real childhood to our children and grandchildren.
“This book took me back to my own childhood.
Life really was simpler then.”
“How can childhood and life have changed so much i
n just fifty years?”
“I am now inspired to write about my youth for my children