Shivers & Signposts: The Journey Continues is Len Richman’s second exploration of a life measured out by a distinct rhythm of his own devising. Picking up where his first memoir, Raindrops Glimpses Moments: An Unconventional Memoir of an Unplanned Journey, left off, Richman shows in Shivers & Signposts that he still has much to do, and much to say.
Richman attacks life with uncommon vigour. Never motionless, he moves forwards – and sometimes backwards – suffusing each manoeuvre with unique energy…vitality and constant evolution.
Shivers at the thought of growing old, of becoming stale…occasional alienation and loneliness, Richman, is driven onwards by “a pressing need to redefine and redirect his innermost self”, a self that he continually re-evaluates through the lens of modern technology, literature, theatre and film.
These are the signposts that guide him through his fascinating quest for renewal of spirit and self…Let us hear his decisive commentary on modern social and cultural mores, his unapologetic tackling of issues from racism to materialism to present-day psychoanalysis. Let us listen to the music of Richman’s own Love Song, about the love of a life well-lived – and still well-worth living. Let us be challenged, through Richman’s examination of his own life, to ask of ourselves: How should we presume?
From the “Introduction” by Stuart Lubarsky, M.D.
Title: Shivers & Signposts: The Journey Continues
Author: Len Richman
Genre: Creative Nonfiction | Memoir
Publisher: Friesen Press
Published: August 13, 2015
Format: Paperback, 184 pages
FTC Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the publisher via iRead Book Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review. Opinions expressed are mine.
Because I had not read Len Richman’s previous memoir, Raindrops Glimpses Moments: An Unconventional Memoir of an Unplanned Journey, I didn’t know what to expect from reading Shivers & Signposts: The Journey Continues.
One thing I now know: I wish Len Richman had written Shivers & Signposts before I hit the road on my retirement journey. So many gems of wisdom, expectations, truths, and more fill the pages.
Len’s writing style is comfortable and shines with a sense of integrity in everything he believes about his journey thus far. Yet, now and then, the educator in Len manages to squeeze between the paragraphs and you sense a classroom is opening up. I believe this is part and parcel of Len’s excitement about helping the rest of us as we advance through the years to the point of retirement and beyond.
I highly recommend this book to anyone considering their future beyond the workplace. Some ideas for enjoying this book on many levels:
- Purchase it (or win it in the giveaway) for yourself even if you’re not close to retirement. It would be good to read with some planning for retirement in mind.
- Buy as a gift for a friend or relative who is planning to retire near term. They will thank you!
- Without reading the first of Len’s two books, I’m going to suggest both as a college graduation gift for someone. That way they can ease into the idea of working several years before needing either one.
Len Richman has a long history with the Thomas More Institute of Montreal: student, course designer/ leader, Board of Directors member, and Chair of the Accreditation Committee.
He holds a teaching certificate from McGill University’s MacDonald College; a B.A. from the University of Montreal (Literature); an M.A. in education from Concordia University (Outdoor Education), and a post-graduate Comprehensive Certificate from TMI (Culture and Identity Studies.)
Travel, work and field background continue in parts of Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, South Pacific, and Canada’s northern communities. An educator in the areas of literature, wilderness/ outdoor pursuits, adult learning programs, international and multi-cultural studies for decades, a “redirection” of interests after 60 resulted in his becoming engaged in the performing arts: acting, directing, producing and writing. He is presently associated with Quebec Drama Federation (QDF), Black Theatre Workshop (BTW), Advisory Board of Pointe Claire Library, English Language Arts Network (ELAN), Quebec Writers’ Federation (QDF), Playwrights’ Guild of Canada (PGC), and Alliance of Canadian Cinéma Télévision & Radio Artists (ACTRA).
Born, bred and residing in and around Montreal (his favourite city next to New York, Prague, Budapest, and Dawson City, Yukon), he and his wife have three sons who have provided almost “free entertainment” with six grandsons and two “bonus” granddaughters from six to twenty-six years of age. He hopes to maintain sharing his wondering and wandering from his previous book, Raindrops Glimpses Moments: An Unconventional Memoir of an Unplanned Journey, to the present Shivers and Signposts: The Journey Continues, and beyond.
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