A Curious Year in the Great Vivarium Experiment

A Curious Year in the Great Vivarium Experiment

by Tim Shields


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ISBN-13: 9781612446233
Publisher: Halo Publishing International
Publication date: 05/02/2018
Pages: 402
Sales rank: 639,660
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

Born with a curious mind and restless spirit, Tim Shields heeds the call of the creative muse wherever it summons him. Whether playing in a band, taking improv and acting classes, volunteering at an orphanage in Tanzania, buying one-way tickets to India and Mexico, or attempting to create his own travel show in Europe, his interests can be found at the intersection of creativity, expression, travel, and expansion. He holds creative writing and philosophy degrees from Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland and currently calls Seattle, Washington home. To learn more, please visit www.acuriousyear.com

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A Curious Year in the Great Vivarium Experiment 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Richard Hutter More than 1 year ago
Imagine seeing a friend after a long time and they look amazing; glowing with joy from within and super chill -- so you ask how have you been? And then they tell you an amazing story of a year-long journey of transformation with white-knuckle moments interspersed with serene quiet moments and lots of crazy stuff in between. This book is like that -- told in intimate language as a close friend may speak to you -- of an amazing period of personal growth that happened once your friend started writing in a daily gratitude/intention journal, after a soul-crushing series of losses and defeats. This book is a gift to all who choose to read and take it in, for there are lessons here for everyone. But also a great travel story too. I was reminded of my little brother who likes many of the same things this novel's protagonist does: music, travel, hanging with a tribe of close friends, and keeping an open mind. You won't read anything else quite like this, and will be glad to have taken the journey this book offers!
Irene Roth More than 1 year ago
Those of us who have experienced the pain and heartbreak of losing a parent knows it feels like our world is never going to be the same. We suddenly realize that something intangible is forever lost. But there are ways of coping and coming out on the other side of this despair and sadness. This is the journey that Tim Shields takes the reader on in this wonderful story of emancipation. It's a story that is as deep as it tragic, beautiful, and inspiring. The story is about Thomas Furey, who finds himself at a crossroads in this life. He is in his mid-thirties and without a job to fall back on. He's feeling desperately isolated and alone as he mourns the death of his mother. With many other things that are simultaneously going wrong in his life, Thomas feels himself sinking into a deep well of misery and sadness. How can he possibly get himself out of this dark abyss that was created by the unfortunate events in his life? Suddenly, Thomas thinks of something liberating and he is convinced that this will help him to overcome these obstacles. He buys himself a one-way ticket to India. After he buys it, he becomes fearful yet filled with hope and ready to be guided by his intuition. The journey takes him all over Southeast Asia for a year. I loved this book. This is a story that takes the reader on a journey like no other, to become emancipated and cleansed by the end of the story and to think for him/herself about what it means to live an authentic life. The story is laced with philosophy and the deep intuition of a person who is trying to recreate his life. A lot occurs between sunrise and sunset.