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Michael Don Fess, fresh from a varied career, seeks to stimulate thought outside the arena of commonly accepted “facts.” He uses his degree in physics, his Christian upbringing, and his inquisitive mind to challenge you and to seek today’s “truth.” Always an innovator, he constantly found new and better ways to accomplish tasks and to open new doors. He never accepted that tired, trite expression, “It is done this way because that is the way we have always done it.”
He wrote this book to make a contribution to the education of the existing younger generations and to prod future generations to think instead of blindly following their parent’s path. Recognizing that much of today’s philosophical teachings are based on ancient conclusions made by men with limited knowledge, he explores new conclusions based on more recent discoveries.
As an accomplished musician who prefers the more creative “Dixieland” style and a regional Hall of Fame Sculptor who crafts “suggestive” shapes, he penned this unusual approach for sharing his thoughts.
Born in Haynesville, Louisiana, the eldest of six children, he married in college and raised four children who have produced fourteen wonderful grandchildren. Growing up in Magnolia, Arkansas, he developed skills as president of his high school fraternity for two years and made All-state band two years which resulted in a music scholarship for college.
An engineering major for three years at Southern Arkansas University, he had to switch to physics in order to graduate from Centenary College when he moved to Shreveport, Louisiana.
He had a bicycle paper route at age nine and worked for his father, an electrical contractor, during high school. He was employed as a junior engineer for an electric power company while attending night school at Centenary. Upon graduation, he pursued a sales engineering career until he discovered the potential and the creative opportunities in developing real estate, a career that lasted over thirty five years in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Upon retirement, he formed the Red River Sculpture Society with seven other artists and still creates his unique art. Hobbies include tennis, website development, A Capella harmony, writing and arranging songs, and creative gardening.
He and his wife have celebrated fifty five years of marriage and now live in Little Rock, Arkansas. After becoming a Master Gardener, he has served as Chairman of the Central Arkansas Horticultural Society and has been a speaker at Flower & Garden Shows.