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In his book, "A Day Without A Yesterday", Don Barrett takes his readers through a kaleidoscope of emotions ranging from awe and amazement to abject sorrow and finally, triumph. As a Hollywood producer/director, Don seemed to have it all: a successful, high profile lifestyle replete with wife and family. His is a cautionary tale about how things are not always what they seem. No matter who you are or where you sit, all around you can vanish in the blink of an eye and safety nets believed to be in place, may be too weak to support such a fall.
"A Day Without A Yesterday" draws the reader in immediately with stories of Hollywood, show biz, celebrities, family talent and connections, the kind of life about which most of us can only dream. But the dream becomes a nightmare for Don when his wife unexpectedly accuses him of infidelity refusing access to their home and demanding a divorce. In a state of shock, Don decides to get out of Dodge (or Las Vegas in this case) and makes his way to Albuquerque with minimal cash and no assets. His dazed logic assures him that with nearly thirty-five years past industry experience in Los Angeles, he will have no problem finding work in a developing film market and be able to reestablish himself in no time.
Not so. Don's bad turns to worse as he finds himself homeless and near penniless on the streets of Albuquerque. As he struggles to learn survival skills for his new life, Don is dealt a final blow when he suffers a heart attack and, after being brought back to life by medical personnel, is informed that he cannot have the live-saving quadruple-bypass surgery because there is no shelter in which he might recuperate.
Don Barrett openly and poignantly shares the loneliness, the fear and the struggles of his quest for survival, and, in the process, opens our eyes to the many all-but-invisible individuals who inhabit the bridges, alleyways and street corners of cities everywhere. Don challenges us to truly see and answer the needs of one-time neighbors and friends, people who with naught but a helping hand, can once again lead full and productive lives. As Don tells us, he literally had to die three times to become less self-absorbed. We need only read "A Day Without a Yesterday" to learn his life-changing lesson.