The journey through life.
Although this book could be described as a memoir, that would certainly be doing the author a disservice. It is far more than that. It’s also the author’s insights into a situation we all face – or will face; that of getting older and to the end of our official working lives.
And at that stage, there is bound to be a certain amount of reflection on the years that have passed and the journey through life that has taken place. Has it been random or a structured series of events? During how much of that life have we been affected by external forces and what has made us what we are today? And what about the future?
There have been ‘signposts’ along the way, that’s for sure. And, we are assured, the same will be the case in the future. Through his memoirs, Len Richman tells us about the ‘shivers’ that have directed his own personal journey. And we all have our own obstacles and challenges that have guided us (or misguided us?) in the past.
It’s true that we are unlikely to be able to do the things we could do at the age of sixteen when we are in our sixties. Even for those of us who are as yet untroubled by physical limitations, the signs are beginning to show – slowly but surely.
But what happens in our minds is a different matter altogether. As we get older, our focus changes but there are still adventures to come and new pleasures to enjoy. The author’s insights and experiences can create guidelines for us to follow as we embark on new challenges in later life as we read his own personal insights and issues.
When I was a teenager, maybe you were the same, I thought that older people had their lives, their emotions, and importantly, their identities firmly in place and were secure and settled. As we all know now, this is not the case. This book goes beyond a fascinating autobiographical read — we learn of one man’s challenges as he faces the future and we gain valuable insights how to make the most of our own.
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.