Particles of Time: Greenwich Time Op-Ed Articles 1984-2004

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iUniverse, 2005 - Literary Collections - 304 pages
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Let me slip into my doctor mode-I advise the reader to place the book on his bedside table and take two Robben pieces a night, until he is finished with both the book and whatever ails him.

-from the Foreword by Jerry Dumas

These thoughtful and engaging Greenwich Time Op-Ed pieces chronicle the life and times of author John Robben, illuminating his evolution from infant to grandfather and spanning the eras of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Drawn from seven decades of his journals, Robben recalls Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination, President Lyndon B. Johnson's campaign for re-election, spending time with his family playing "Would you rather ?", and much more. Whether they elicit a chuckle, bring us to tears, or simply send us back in time, these essays offer something for everyone, including stirring recollections of his:

  • Father's Alzheimer's Disease
  • Correspondence with Hemingway
  • Fears of Death and Dying
  • Possible Reincarnation
  • Earliest Childhood Memories
  • Experience of Psychotherapy
  • Role of Grandfather
  • Service in the Korean War
  • Visit to Ireland
  • Sighting of a UFO

So settle into a comfortable spot and allow Robben to take you on his personal journey filled with unique observations, rich memories, and the insight gained only with time.

 

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Contents

Psychiatrist Is Wrong
11
UFOs
25
SmokEnders
38
Unique Seeds from Outer Space
47
Fathers Drifting Through Time
60
Someone to Watch Over Me
76
Fear of Freedom
89
Perfect Days in Paradise
102
Beazey Ferris Herself
150
The Sligo Champion
156
An Irish Love Story
163
The Bell Tolls for Theeand Me
171
Show Reverence for Life
179
The Hurricane Next Time
187
Sold on Life
201
Old Flames
215

Once Is Enough Once Is Plenty
115
Riding the Rails
119
Cover Stories
125
In Another Country
132
Man Overboard
138
Figaro Figaro Figaro
144
Temptation of a Kiss
229
Heaven and Its Mysteries
243
Coming Face to Face with Time
257
Index
265
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