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life stages, redirection, influences, wilderness, theatre, educator, travel

Shivers & Signposts
The Journey Continues by Len Richman

Shivers & Signposts: The Journey Continues is Len Richman’s second exploration of a life measured out by a distinct rhythm of his own devising. Picking up where his first memoir, Raindrops Glimpses Moments: An Unconventional Memoir of an Unplanned Journey, left off, Richman shows in Shivers & Signposts that he still has much to do, and much to say.

Richman attacks life with uncommon vigour. Never motionless, he moves forwards - and sometimes backwards - suffusing each manoeuvre with unique energy…vitality and constant evolution.

Shivers at the thought of growing old, of becoming stale…occasional alienation and loneliness, Richman, is driven onwards by “a pressing need to redefine and redirect his innermost self”, a self that he continually re-evaluates through the lens of modern technology, literature, theatre and film.

These are the signposts that guide him through his fascinating quest for renewal of spirit and self…Let us hear his decisive commentary on modern social and cultural mores, his unapologetic tackling of issues from racism to materialism to present-day psychoanalysis. Let us listen to the music of Richman’s own Love Song, about the love of a life well-lived – and still well-worth living. Let us be challenged, through Richman’s examination of his own life, to ask of ourselves: How should we presume?

From the “Introduction” by Stuart Lubarsky, M.D.

Len Richman leaps the gaps and/or creates the bridges that lead to a rewarding life, and his honesty and courage are inspiring in providing an example in how to manage aging and expectations. – Sally Jennings, Professional Editor, Victoria, B.C.

Richman is stopped in his tracks by inklings of his own mortality, “shivers,” that provide direction for his journeying…Answers don’t come easily, but some “signposts” do appear… Can we look forward to another account in five years? – Anne Fitzpatrick, PhD, Formerly Associate Dean, Marianopolis College, Westmount, Quebec

…Is it in the “examined life” that one can attempt to find some harmony, some understanding of our life journey? Richman’s willingness to share his with us will hopefully help us on our personal journeys. – Irene Menear, Senior Research Associate, Lifelong Learning Educator, Montreal, Quebec

The final question must now be asked…in this second memoir. Has he finally confronted and conquered his dragons, thus freeing himself from embarking on another journey? Of course, that’s for (Richman) to decide. – Tony Joseph, Medical-Research Ethics Board, Montreal General Hospital

“…retirement is a nasty, negative word that should be replaced with redirection, reinvention or renewal”. Richman has penned the kind of memoir that I will benefit from re-reading at a later time in my life when (it) will have...even greater impact on me. – Laura Fabiani, Library of Clean Reads, Virtual Book Tour Coordinator, iRead Book Tours, Lachine, Quebec

(Richman’s) attempt to understand…is meticulously confirmed by... comprehensive personal contacts, wide readings, and research gained from fellow intellectual travellers (great and small), all of which are scrupulously documented in the book for those who seek to pursue even greater enlightenment. – Peter Tinsley, Reviewer, Pointe Claire, Quebec

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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 Admissions and 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 twentysix 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.


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