Spiritual Beings on a Human Journey

Spiritual Beings on a Human Journey

by Ken Kottka

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This collection contains short stories, musings, and memoirs. In the stories, you'll meet a cast of dynamic characters in tales about love, loss, and redemption that includes awakenings to magical possibilities that surround all of us. There is a great jazz musician who rises, falls and rises again in Chicago's most notorious slum; a dreamer who turned away from his dream and lives to reclaim it; a French gangster looking for love in all the wrong places, a Vietnam war vet who has two spiritual encounters, a man ready to face oblivion who is saved by serendipity, and there are more. At some point in their histories, each character is, has been, or will be a seeker of the sublime, a seeker of a reality outside the temporal. A few are successful, a few fail, while others continue their quests after dramatic, life altering events. In the second section, musings, there are humorous insights into major differences between the ways men and women approach particular issues. These differences surface after a couple decides to hire a cleaning woman for their home and when the husband reviews the abysmal changes over the past fifty years to women's underwear. Two other lighthearted musing looks at the difficulty of working with attorneys and salespeople, and another provides a satirical master plan to end homelessness in San Francisco. In the third section, memoirs, I relate a change of attitude my wife and I went through about having children, a subsequent personal loss we experienced, and how we dealt with it. I close the collection with wishes I have for my sons, for myself and, in fact, for all of humankind. In this section I've included three poems I wrote that are related to the text.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940045614184
Publisher: Ken Kottka
Publication date: 01/25/2014
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 197 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

I was born in Chicago and left home at sixteen. I forged a birth certificate and joined the Air Force for four years. I realized I had to have an education to survive, and my GED got me into the University of Oklahoma. I managed to work my way through school, and graduated with a BA in English. I was recruited out of college by the Government, and after a two year training period found myself in South Vietnam. After surviving the TeT Offensive in 1968, I decided to leave the Government and go back to school to earn a Ph.D. During this time, I taught as a TA and wrote short stories, poetry and one novel, all of which my first wife destroyed in what I refer to as the Great Bonfire of 1972. My marriage broke up, I had to find employment to pay child support and went into a training program with NASA for government contracting. I left NASA after completing the program and went to work in private industry, eventually having my own company in partnership with a gentleman in Dallas. I retired six years ago and began teaching English again and writing again, my two vocational loves. I have published one novel about my return from Vietnam and time in graduate school. I am remarried to a wonderful woman and have a nine year old daughter who is an absolute joy.

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