I am emerging from hibernation to bring new life to my blog. At age 80 I should fade into the background and accept that my generation represents an era that predated the computer age and all that comes with IT. An era that is far distant from today’s social habits and communication practices.
At this point in my life, the sensible thing is quietly fade into the shadows and leave the arena of communication to the millions seeking to be heard by their own ever expanding social network. I had switched into the hibernation mode and would have remained there had not CB, a friend the age of my sons, told me about Emma who lives on the other side of the planet from me and who helps folks manage their websites and their social net works.
CB had give a copy of my first book “Don’t Kill The Cow Too Quick” (DKTCTQ) to a couple staying at his luxury home over the waters of a beautiful lagoon the Caribbean side of Panama. In her thank-you letter to CB, the wife of the couple gave the book high credit for its descriptions and humor in the telling of the adventures that befell me during my first six years adapting to life. She wrote that both she and her husband had laughed aloud at the many disasters that befelled me.
There are several reviews of DKTCTQ on Amazon Books USA. Here is one from the late Susan Garcia.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Review of "Don't Kill The Cow Too Quick", September 3, 2004
This review is from:Don't Kill the Cow Too Quick: An Englishman’s Adventures Homesteading in Panama (Paperback)
This is a wonderful book for anyone who enjoys reading real life stories written by real life "pioneers.." but if you are an expat living abroad, or thinking about becoming one, or ever were one, you MUST buy this book! Its informative, funny and the writer makes you feel you are right there with him, his family and friends. I am only half way through and I can't put it down!
Now ten years after the book was first published I still meet strangers who on hearing my name ask if I was the author of that Don't Kill the Cow book. When they I admit to being so, they tell me the book was the reason they came to settle in Panama.
Ten years ago the promotion of a book was for the most part focused on local book signings. Today book promotion is via the social networks. DKTCTQ has never been actively promoted outside of Bocas del Toro, the setting of the book and yet its messages are of value to any person contemplating retirement in a different culture.
With Emma’s help from her distant land I am going to seek to get the book the attention I believe it deserves. If I don’t attempt at least do my best for the book, I will have regret in my mind on the day I die.
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In starting again on my blog I am wondering if anyone other than Emma and I will read it. I ask myself who would want to read the blog of an 80 year old who never achieved notoriety through ability or crime. My children and grandchildren are much too busy with their own lives and my close friends know enough about me already.
This morning I was close to telling Emma that there is no point in my blogging; not even in the attempt to have more people read DKTCTQ, the favorite of my books.
As I was composing my message to Emma I started to wonder what would happen to my brain if I limited myself to watching the birds in my garden. Identifying the different birds would be a challenge but one that would come to an end and leave me with watching my papaya’s grow which is no challenge. I saw that I needed the mental exercise of writing.
Following on from this point I saw writing a blog as way to satisfy the demands of Hamish, my oldest son, for a written account of my maverick life. I am going to see if besides writing about the present I can incorporate periodic vignettes of the extraordinary events in my life which took me to many parts of the world during the twenty years of the disillusion of the British Empire and thereafter into the heart of the London art world and thence to the USA and eventually to Panama
There are many aspects of my life that I am ashamed off because they were decidedly unethical. Being an irresponsible risk-taker and a shameful hedonist, much of what I caused to happen was disgraceful. On the other side of the coin I was and still am a pushover for those who recognize that there is a part of me that puts instant trust in those who proffer friendship. Maybe there are lessons for others to learn from my failures.
And don't have a cow man! This week I have decided to take a short vacation. I have been recovering from a massive lazy storm from that has blown into my life and completely dampened my mood. I am also battling with myself on whether or not I should turn on my heat yet, so that has been draining all of my energy as well! In my absence I will be gathering quite a list of movies that I would like to watch. A few of them are as follows:
Tell me if these sound appealing to you and I will jump it to the front of the line! As always I am open to suggestions for any flick you would like to watch with me! Drop a comment below and keep the lights on for now.