A child/adolescent/youth's roller coaster ride through the South in the thirties and forties. As an adult, finding a mate and a calling. Passages about being girl crazy, work life as a soldier, physicist, sociologist, marriage counselor, and finally as a social psychologist and anti-war activist. Poetry about failure at mediating, a Bugattie car that sells for 1.7 million, King Lear in the streets of Los Angeles, how the author finally stopped having a painful recurring dream, how poetry feels, and many other topics. Non-technical essays on two popular films, emotional responses to a war memorial, how to actually get an education in college, rather than just going through the motions, and other topics.