As a Professional Certified Coach (PCC), I partner with individuals in a thoughtful and creative process to help them maximize their personal and professional potential. As a non-fiction author (The 4 Spheres of Intentional Living is re-launching later this spring with almost all new content), I share insights and anecdotes for helping people to grow in physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual engagement.
As a fiction author, I explore the perspectives, strengths, and flaws of modern suburbanites trying to find purpose and passion in a world constantly in flux. In the spring of 2016, I published the final volume of what I now call my “American Angst Trilogy.” Here’s the volumes and their themes:
The Book Club Widowers: A Novel (2016)
Plot: Three Daytona Beach mothers/book club members head off on a weekend getaway and disappear, leaving husbands, children, and friends to sort through the voids, ambiguities, and personal growth needs left behind.
Key Themes: Disappointment; uncertainty; indoctrination or blind following; powerlessness; addiction; resiliency; marriage; children
The Wine Steward’s Lover (2012)
Plot: A 29-year-old Nashville woman wanders into graduate school after her promising corporate career implodes, and becomes obsessed with finding a man she met at a wine tasting while simultaneously submitting herself to the fires of intense personal growth.
Key Themes: Victim mentality; self-stewardship as heroism; ambiguity; identity (one’s job, one’s land, one’s attachments); sensory awareness; wine quality justaposed with people quality; addiction/inner darkness
Narcissus Blinked (2011)
Plot: A day in the life of a married, suburbanite advertising executive (and disillusioned ex-playwright), as he teeters on an affair with his married neighbor and runs into people who challenge his thinking and explode his self-awareness.
Key Themes: Narcissism; negativity; compassion; mindfulness; vocational love; marriage; children
Please give the “trilogy” a try, and let me know if you resonate with one or more of the themes found in these books. Book reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, plus a post on Facebook and Instagram, earn you eternal entry into the John De Marco Gratefulness Hall of Fame as well as lifelong friendship!
In addition to my books, I’ve written thousands of newspaper and magazine articles, along with Web copy, scripts and blogs.
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My latest posts
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- My American Dream: Critical Thinking, Emotional Intelligence, and Mindfulness - Critical Thinking is the disciplined art of ensuring that you use the best thinking you are capable of in any set of circumstances. Emotional Intelligence is the ability to recognize, understand and manage our own emotions, while recognizing, understanding, and influencing the emotions of others. Mindfulness is the awareness that arises through paying attention, on […]
- Embrace Complexity of Thought - The late Great Gatsby author F. Scott Fitzgerald is known for saying, “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” Fitzgerald is far from the only famous voice to speak to this observation. Those who’ve demonstrated […]
- MLK’s “Beloved Community” and the 2016 Election - The societal backdrop for the 2016 Election can be described from many vantage points, and most of these are better explained by other writers. One observation I will declare, however, is that the dialog permeating Decision ’16 is anything but a manifestation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of “The Beloved Community.” We are, […]
- Wellness: The Key to Ongoing Success - I conclude this blog series on “doing what matters most” by emphasizing the importance of maintaining wellness across four key spheres of living: physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual. I’ve been blogging about these spheres for more than five years, and describe them at length in my Kindle book, The 4 Spheres of Intentional Living. I […]