Interview with David Carr, MA

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Every day is a gift and an opportunity to experience and act with a positive vision of faith, hope, and kindness. Our future is determined by our actions today, how we address challenges, how we present ourselves to others, and how we interpret the past. Our past can never change, only be reinterpreted with the lens of experience. In the past, we all attempted to make the best choice with the information we had available to process the situation at that time of life. As we move through our life experience we gain new perspective that we may wish we had earlier. For me, that opportunity to share my presence and experience for the benefit of others is a primary motivator as I move through my days. To help others experience life fully gives my life meaning, as does my sharing of my experience of my family and friends. The chance to make a positive difference in my world is an exciting and transforming experience.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Virtual Immersion began a discovery of myopia, after watching my children holding their little screens close to their eyes. One of my boys told me I try to find out what was wrong with screen-time, so I decided to seek the values and benefits of playing video-games, which led me on my investigative path. Each of us has a finite amount of time each day, which has traditionally been used by children to engaged in free-play to avoid boredom. Creativity and Imagination are often the result of boredom, yet with constant streaming screens boredom is eliminated. i wondered what else was being lost, and the effects of this developing void from a developmental and experiential perspective, My first book, 4015 days explores options in life experience sculpture. The understanding that we have certain periods of time to accomplish life goals is presented early in contemporary society (early childhood, elementary school, high school, college, career and family, retirement). The challenge of experiencing and creating family as a provider and participant, choosing experience and connection over immersion in work and acquisition. In a world where many people work 50 hours a week, 48 to 50 weeks a year to buy the good life, I have decided to define an attainable life, and what does it require of the individual. I believe the good life requires presence and immersion, more than consumer orientated acquisitions and status symbols.
What is your hope for your most recent book?
I hope "Virtual Immersion" will inspire parents, and all people, to reconsider their daily choices relative to discretionary screen time. By spending less time being entertained people will invest more time expanding their knowledge and ability to transform their communities and their futures to achieve the next level of personal development. I believe we have so many solutions to the troubles of global society, streaming right in our hands, yet too many are distracted by the media cheese that lures children and adults to fiddle with their thumbs to achieve meaningless goals.

I hope “4015 Days” will be used by expectant parents as they move from self sustenance into a voyage of parenting. I hope that my perspective and proposals give new parents a sense of the joy and opportunity that exists in a very wired, and often detached modern world. Children are ready to trust and accept what we place in front of them, so I advocate for connection, belonging, creativity, learning, confidence building, laughter, music and art. I propose a shared adventure of family development and healthy identity building. I hope new parents, and established families, will make the tough choice to challenge their children, then stand behind them as they learn to fail and try again, with their families assurance of future success. I hope that no parent will look back and say “I wish I spent more time with my family”. I hope more people will know that satisfaction of a life stage fully realized by participation and thoughtful navigation.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Sharing a positive and trans formative message with others in hopes that a new perspective for parents will make a difference by creating new opportunities. I believe that choosing to embrace a definable direction and projected outcome can affect the choices we make in a daily basis. I believe the definition of a life well lived is realized in the memories we create for ourselves, even if the choices are not easy at the time they are made. In my life, I have decided to make an investment in the future, forsaking present financial indulgences for real time life experience, and satisfaction, with my family and friends.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My inability to find a publisher who wanted to embrace my work motivated me to become an indie author. I like the idea of being responsible for my life, and am willing to make a commitment to my message. I believe that my message of time management, life direction and experiential, minimalist life style is timely. I believe my philosophy will resonate with others considering the definition of their life paths as parents and producers of product value or professional expertise in our society of 2013.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work as a licensed fiduciary in the real estate services industry and study regional issues relative to housing, investment and community development. I like to read newspapers, listen to music (blues, zydeco, jazz, rock,bluegrass,countrty) experience days with with my family, play board and sports games, fix things, investigate patents participate in Boy Scouts as a Trained Leader and Instructor. I like to draw and construct wood creations, play sports with my sons and make food, Bike riding, reading, life-learning, playing a little trumpet, slowly learning piano and guitar, exercising, playing darts, camping, music festivals, serving as an inland wetlands commissioner, staying current on energy and conservation technology, and funny movies occupies most of my free time. My future dreams include realizing the mission of our non-profit public charity, Threshold Associates, to provide housing and employment for struggling veterans, and a farm to table on site catering company that sources whole, organic, fair trade ingredients as much as requested by my clientele. Relative to my writing and experience in family preservation and counseling, I will offer seminars highlighting the power of planning for fulfillment of dreams with a positive attitude
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1)Seven Arrows, by-Hyemeyohsts Storm- Tells the way of the Plains Indian people, their connection and definition of self in as part of the natural world.2)The Aquarian Conspiracy by Marilyn Ferguson, speaks of personal and global transformation through perception of our relationship to society 3)The Road Less Traveled, by M.Scott Peck speaks to self knowledge and personal growth by looking at our ways we seek to fill needs 4) Zen Shorts by John Muth, where Stillwater the panda spends time with a young visitor dispensing wisdom and perspective. 5)Mind as Healer, Mind as Slayer, by Kenneth Pelletier considers how we may attain improved health and personal satisfaction by examining the world(s) we personally live in, our attitudes and personal choices. I also enjoy Mathew, Mark, Luke, John and Proverbs for the timeless examples about life course direction.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember "Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel", "Make Way for Ducklings", and "The Little House". These stories taught me about persistence, commitment and new beginnings. I also remember reading Parables in Sunday School, understanding that being kind, fair, understanding and forgiving were important ingredients of a happy life. As I got older I came to know the Book of Proverbs, in which King Solomon expressed wisdom that is relevant today as it was in his time.
Published 2015-12-08.
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Books by This Author

Virtual Immersion Drowns Holistic Development
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 26,760. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Parenting » Childhood development, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Family health
Virtual Immersion Drowns Holistic Development investigates online recreation, internet addiction, systemic child & family development, video game rating, sales practices, age appropriate game scenarios, pro social interaction, first person shooter identity, school violence, gambling, alternatives to video as entertainment, lack of physical activity, referencing published academic research.
4015 Days
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 75,110. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Parenting » Childhood development, Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Life stages / school age
4015 days explores a couples experience making life style choices to maximize a positive outcome for their children and shared parenting experience. 4015 days addresses a family centered, attachment philosophy of making active parenting a top life stage priority in the irreplaceable window of time and experience of pregnancy though adolescence.