It is my hope that you, the reader, will enjoy reading this book as much as I enjoyed writing it.
It has taken over 24 years of research to complete. True, 21 of those years were spent living life while only 3 years were actually spent in its compellation. It is a non-fiction work whose sole purpose is not only to inform and entertain, but also to make one probe into the recesses of their minds for the happiest moments in their youth. It is a means of escape. It is hoped that it will bring back memories to the reader that have long been suppressed.
While this book is about experiences in a small resort area located on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California, it could be any location across the globe where youth comes of age.
“Did everything you wrote about really happen as you say it did?”; “What you remember of Pinecrest is not what I remember”. These are questions and comments that were posted in the guest book on my website during the writing and research of this book.
Why is it then, that two (or more) people can experience the same event at the same time, or for that matter similar events in the same environment, even at different times, and have different recollections of what actually took place? Or maybe didn’t take place? Confusing? Read on…
There has been a plethora of research on the subject of memory fluctuations and loss. One such explanation might be the natural process of aging and decay of the brain, known as “transience”. Another might be “misattribution”, which is believing you have seen something you haven’t. Yet another might be “suggestibility”, which is the incorporation of misinformation into memory due to leading questions, deception, or other causes. Even “absent-mindedness”, which usually occurs when so many things are happening at once that your main focus prevents you from giving the proper attention to everything else. It makes you give second thoughts to the benefits of “multi-tasking”, which may be beneficial to computers, but may have detrimental effects in humans. In my case, I think I am experiencing all of these symptoms at once!