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L.E. (Ed) Walsh discovered his attraction to writing early on. At the age of fourteen, he won a state-wide essay contest in Illinois, his home state. His ability to laugh at himself helped others to smile, chuckle or outright laugh. He developed a unique vocabulary and recognized the importance of accurate assessment, conversation, writing, and inclusion.
While attending the University of Illinois, Ed played football for the Fighting Illini, teaming up with many of the great players in U of I history. That team’s record and Ed’s opportunities to contribute was a welcome toast for a farm boy at the beginning of his quest for success.
Upon graduation, Walsh was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army via the Reserve Officer Training Corps. In the ensuing 10 plus years, Walsh rose to the rank of Captain and received numerous combat medals. Much of his experience in Viet Nam awaits a conclusion to make it to the finish line. Here, spell the word PTSD.
Over an extended work life, Walsh has concluded he learned much more from failures than from successes. Some things are immediately recognizable, broken bones, concussions, daily alcohol binges, and three wives to name a few. His experiences are numerous and sometimes downright funny; that’s what he wants most to include. And then there’s the last day on the farm, disking a 100-acre field in preparation for planting. He never went back.
In this book, Walsh’s inaugural, readers are invited to let it all hang out. Laugh if you “get it”. Think if you don’t. Figure it out, then read it again.
Walsh didn’t make it into Mensa by telling stupid jokes, or at least not many. Enjoy your read.