I would love to get some feedback on my book. It's about a near death experience with a satirical twist.
In the end what is the sum total of our lives? What is the worth of all of our experiences? What does one thing have to do with another? How is everything connected and are the dots that we connect random? I’m not going to suggest that if you keep on reading that you will necessarily find the answers to these questions they’re just questions I’ve always had about life and that I no longer have.
Don’t look for an epiphany though just a story about my life and a collection of key events that are woven and connected to some historic and some hysterical events in history and pop culture.
Our journey starts at my birth and is woven through my childhood recollections of baseball, my teenage brush against a pop culture Icon and my search for political identity. The story continues with my honeymoon at age twenty one, my search to find career from Florida to Buffalo to Long Island and back home to Rochester, NY. Along the way my meetings with stars, future stars, people in power and the search for monetary gain. The trek that is my life brings us to travel with me meeting political figures and pop culture icons.
Newsmakers allow me to peer into my life from a different prospective especially when looking back through the eyes of a near death experience.
Finally, we find that as life takes me on my journey it’s revealed that in the end it’s family that counts.
Some friendships are bound together without thoughts of gain and create a village of protection for us. In the end what it comes down to is love. The love that God has for us and the love that we have for our family. The love that we have for our friends and the love that we have for ourselves and our expression of life.
I’m a rich man, although my current assets on this writing $6,900 in cash and my wife Shelly and I live with my father-in-law in a modest 3 bedroom home.
We are broke in cash, but rich in family and friends. The past seven years it’s been a struggle because of health reasons and business or financial reasons but through it all the one constant has been family, la famiglia as they say.
On an uneventful Saturday evening in April 2010 after some chitchat we sat down to watch a movie, the Blind Side which won the best picture award and supposedly was moving. The problem is I don’t remember the movie I don’t remember anything except that Shelly and I were there with my son Greg Jr. and his wife Lynn and we had our usual small talk and awesome steak sandwiches.
The rest of that night has somehow been lost in my consciousness as if somehow stripped away. I’m told that I enjoyed the movie, that it was terrific and that I felt it deserved the academy award. You see, when I fell asleep that night around 11 pm something happened on my way to 6am on Sunday morning April 25, 2010. I stopped breathing and for the next two weeks was in another place. It was real and not real, I guess, surreal as I drifted from place to place.
I was aware that I was inside a huge, infinite blackness. I wasn’t sure where this blackness was in relationship to a place or if it even existed in time and space, but for some reason I was strangely at peace. I now found myself in a new form, partly spirit and partly real, a strange feel but I still was me. How elated I felt! Now, out of my body, I had no worries, no cares. At that moment, an awareness overtook me, I am not in my physical body! My spirit was glowing with a white light that lit up everything and I moved through everything with great speed. I felt as if I were in a tunnel and that it was filled with an all consuming darkness, but I still felt peaceful and calm. I also had an awareness of total universal consciousness that somehow I was in touch and connected with everything in the universe.
I felt at once empowered and euphoric as I moved with great speed through the faces and times, streets and places of my life. I never wanted this feeling of utter control to leave or to stop. I had an almost instinctive realization that I was in contact with family and friends who were both alive and who were dead. That I could move from place to place and visit other times and people unrestricted by any physical laws of nature.
The realization in my being now was that I could be anywhere. That time and space stopped to be measured or bound. I was me and not me, part spirit, part flesh but all total consciousness. I can’t explain why or how this happened and I don’t care. In fact I’m just thankful that I could go on this trip and see what I will be able now to tell you about.
I wish you could take a trip like this and see what I saw and experience the full measure of what happened to me for two weeks between late April and early May 2010.
If a man could be measured by family and friends then I am a wealthy man. I have my four children, eight grandchildren, many in laws, nieces and nephews, cousins and other relatives. My close inner circle of friends and many other that could number in the hundreds of friends and acquaintances. Also, work related company that includes associates and staff people as well. I am a wealthy man indeed. This is my story and I’m thankful for the gift, thankful to God, to family and to friends.