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Inside this Book – I led a most unusual life. Some would even say it was exciting. I was the editor, publisher, and lone employee of my own newspaper. In it I chronicled the life and times of Newburyport, a small city on the North Shore of Massachusetts. I was poor but influential, happy but stressed, fulfilled in my work but not in my life. I was making a difference, but at the same time I felt like there was something missing. Most of my nights were spent covering meetings at city hall, and after those meetings I’d get the stories behind the stories when I’d chat with city officials for hours on end. I filled my days conversing with characters from all walks of life and listening as they told me the secrets of Newburyport. In a city of seventeen thousand, everyone had a story to tell—and typically several more about their neighbors. Every two weeks my paper hit the streets filled with those stories, and nearly every issue sold out. It was a must-read, for as the typical Newburyporter saw it, the world revolved around our little city where the Merrimack River meets the Atlantic Ocean. I stayed up late at night and got up early each morning. There was no need for an alarm clock, however. I lived alone on the third floor of the old Grand Army Building in the heart of the downtown, and I slept on a couch. The sun rose out of the Atlantic, and daybreak spread across Plum Island, raced along the Merrimack, touched down on Joppa Flats, cast its early-morning shadows through the tightly knit historic neighborhoods of the South End, and when it reached the redbrick buildings in the downtown, it set them ablaze. The blinding orange glow reflected off that canyon of brick into my large, west- facing windows and told me it was time to get up.
Inside this book –Following Atticus PDF Book by Tom Ryan – We all have a bit of Adam and Eve in us. Sooner or later we come to a point in our youth when we lose our innocence and it feels like we’ve been kicked out of the Garden. Whether we admit it or not, all of us want to make our way back home to that time again. But innocence lost is difficult to find. Nevertheless, we look for it. We long for it, dream of it, and are haunted by it. Occasionally we glimpse it again, perhaps in the laughter of a child, the first snowfall of the holiday season, or when we hold a little puppy in our arms. And then in a flash it vanishes and we miss it all the more. But I’d like to think that if we can get our lives just right and become who we were always supposed to be—if we become the people we dreamed of being when we were young and pure and innocent, then and only then do we find our way home again. I don’t think many make it. There are just too many distractions and obstacles. Yet I’ve come to believe that the worst we can do is to give up looking for it. When I was a boy and my father’s temper took over or sadness filled the house and I needed to escape, I disappeared into the woods at the end of our little street. There were only three houses on Neelon Lane, and the last was a bedraggled farmhouse owned by an ancient couple we almost never saw. Beyond their house lay a forgotten, overgrown field marked with the occasional tree that had sprouted up from neglect and the remnants of stone walls. The land sloped gently downhill until it came to a forest that at first was inviting but quickly became thick and ominous as it led down toward the Charles River.
Following Atticus by Tom Ryan PDF : eBook Information
- Full Book Name – Following Atticus
- Author of this Book – Tom Ryan
- Language – English
- Book Genre – Nonfiction, Animal, Biography, Memoir
- Download Format – PDF
- Size – 1.5 MB
- eBook Pages – 236
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