I Write Therefore I Am

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Trafford Publishing, 2002 - Literary Collections - 295 pages
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You have a great pleasure waiting for you in this collection of essays, stories and reminiscences. The author has wide-ranging interests from such things as social issues and religion to the solar system and the psychology of the dreaming mind. His ideas will surprise and delight you and you will be intrigued by the unexpected slant he gives to old controversies as he searches for new answers. Humor is never far away. If he does fall into preaching in his discussions of economics and land use it is because he believes that a lack of attention to the forces at work are leading us toward disaster. In another mood which he labels Irish sentiment he tugs at our heart strings with his account of a simple thing like the death of a pet guinea pig. The selections are seldom longer than a few pages but the impact of each is to leave you with a satisfied feeling and the realization that you have something new to think about.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
9
PREFACE
11
Section I Recollections of My Life and Travels
15
Section II Economics
81
Section III Creation God and Religion
135
Section IV The Natural World
169
Section V Essays and Encounters
227
Section VI DREAMING
273
Epilogue By His Wife
295
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About the author (2002)

Douglas Haig Simpson was born in 1919 and grew up in California where both parents were officers in the Salvation Army and all five of their children were involved in the work. During World War II Douglas taught instrument flying for the Army Air Force. After the War he majored in economics at the University of California at Berkeley. Following that he obtained a contractor's license and did a variety of jobs with houses. He built a few of his own design, consulted about the problems with old houses, bought and restored houses, rented them out or sold them. At 40 he married Elaine Wesley and they had two children. In 1975 the family moved to rural Grass Valley where they lived for nearly 25 years. For the last two years of his life he and his wife lived at the Veterans Home of California in Yountville. Douglas died there in 2001 aged 82. In his seventies he had become increasingly interested in writing and by 80 being a writer had become his main occupation and identity.

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