Why We're Here

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A poem in 800 lines of free verse, in six parts, regarding a father’s last days.

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About Owen Schultz

Born in Manhattan, Owen has worked loading garbage, digging graves, unloading boxcars, and diving below the waters of Long Island Sound to look for lost anchors. He bought his first Aqua Lung in 1962, and free-dives, kayaks, rows and sails with great pleasure.

He mastered six languages sufficient to travel for five years around the world, studying in Mexico, Sweden, Austria, Kenya, India and Japan, learning to respect wildly different cultures, and then taught international students at the Quaker college that took him on this journey. After a stint as a theater manager and set designer in Berkley, California, he migrated to the hard-scrabble mountains of West Virginia, where he cut and loaded millions of pounds of pulpwood by hand and developed a deep appreciation for the grit, strong sense of community, and survival skills of the mountain folk.

His more recent pursuits have taken him from designing museum exhibits about everything from salt water marshes. the D-Day invasion of the 29th Regiment, to dinosaurs, and commercial exhibits which included full-size brachiosaurs and huge, fanciful castles. For 18 years, he has designed and written successful grant proposals totaling nearly quarter of a billion dollars for anti-poverty programs to help reverse inequity and poverty in the US.

We are in tough times; true stories, he believes, can inform and power our struggles. No one should be poor, undereducated or without a champion in this nation. While the first rule of life will always be Do Unto Others…, and the second rule, At Least Do No Harm, the third rule, he believes, should be Don’t Take Any Shit.

Throughout all of these adventures, his passion has been reading good books and telling stories. He has written literary, sci-fi, adventure novels and poetry for thirty years and has never forgotten the power of the tale. He offers Three Buck Books because he believes that everyone should have easy access to a great read. He now writes full-time and lives in Virginia with his wife, Annie, who has brought wild love and sweet sympathy to bear over many years.

His books are available through Amazon, Smashwords, AppleStore, Diesel, Barnes and Noble and others. Visit his website at www.OwenSchultz.com for links to his books, free stories, and other great stuff. Visit him on Facebook, Twitter, and blogs at Mindspring.com You can also contact him at ocschultz@gmail.com .

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