Dave Amonson


I grew up on a small mixed farm near Fort St. John, British Columbia, Canada. My first career, off the farm, was geophysical exploration. After five years, I studied to become a Chartered Accountant and have practiced accountancy for forty-four years. Since 1979, I've been a senior partner in a CA firm in Calgary, Alberta. I live with my wife, Bernadette, in Cochrane, Alberta. I have two daughters, one son-in-law, and two grandchildren.

Always interested in my various villages; I've participated in professional, community, and political activities throughout my life.

Twelve years ago, I wrote a book prescribing cures for the political inadequacies I saw in Canada. I titled the book, Toward Improving Canada. However, I didn't promote the book so it lingered, mostly unnoticed, on the internet. Recently, I published a novel titled Tunnel Vision. It's pure fiction built on a base of individual responsibility, innovation, and focused effort. It's a feel good story with ideas I hope will resonate with those who admire personal commitment. If you appreciate a little humor, a dash of daring and intrigue, you might enjoy a sojourn in Canada's north encountering bureaucrats, natives, innovators, driven individuals, murderers, and stop signs.

My next writing project is to update Toward Improving Canada in a new book titled the Village Café. It'll feature a buffet of ideas which could strengthen government anywhere democracy has a foothold.

I write a blog on my website, www.VillageSource.net. You're invited to visit the website and participate in developing consensus solutions to the challenges facing all individuals of goodwill.

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
I have three desks at; my office, my home, and my place in the country.
All are special
I'm mostly retired but I maintain an interior office with a skylight which splashes sunlight around my office whenever the sun shines. My office desk is messy. I routinely do the interesting thing rather than the appropriate thing. Therefore, all the remnants of things already solved, but not put to bed, linger.
My home desk is not so messy because my tasks there tend to be writing with not as much need for files and loose paper. But I do have books; lots of books on library shelves on three sides of my office. My desk is an old wooden one; originally used by a banker. The pencil drawer pulls out to unlatch the pedestal drawers. There's a wooden arm chair to match. When we bought our home, I negotiated with the vendor to get his desk and chair. I appreciate it.
Our place in the country is a refurbished and renovated railroad station. The upper floor once served as the station master's home for him and his family. We tore out the ceiling joists and now have a lofted ceiling in a library 22 feet by 28 feet. Library shelves circle the room except for the window and door spaces. My desk pedestals are the original pedestals used to support the station master's desk as he sat looking up and down the track. The desk surface is laminated pine covered with heavy glass.
I love my desks!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember reading a book I found in the school library. I was likely about ten years old. It was a sports story which mentioned Boom Boom Geffrion; who was a popular hockey player for the Montreal Canadiens. I don't remember the author's name, the name of the book, or the story line but I do remember the mention of the intriguing name; Boom Boom Geffrion. Prior to that book, I think the various magazines ands catalogues around our farm home would have been my choice for recreational reading
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Where to find Dave Amonson online

Where to buy in print


Village Cafe A Buffet of Ideas
Price: Free! Words: 39,230. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Contemporary philosophy, Nonfiction » Politics & Current Affairs » Social policy
Our democracies appear healthy but they suffer malignant cancers. As you contend with frustration; open this book and consider wholesome remedies. You might find ways to reduce hyperbolized fat. Each village café offers a buffet of ideas appropriate to every country. If your interest is fairness, debt management, taxation, jobs, justice, welfare, environment or governance; look here.
Toward Improving Canada
Price: Free! Words: 37,190. Language: Canadian English. Published: August 5, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Political, Nonfiction » Politics & Current Affairs » Social policy
Imagine making a difference in your village, district, country, or world. This book provides fodder for challenging our assumptions and considering whether governments are doing what we think best. If they aren't, consider embracing the ideas in this book and applying them to the situations where you might have influence. You can make a difference.
Tunnel Vision
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 83,100. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
Brett Larson saw a need. He assembled a team. The toll he was called to bear would challenge any man but he could not fail; he would not fail. Imagine the world's biggest construction project and experience intrigue as a bevy of unlikelies embrace individual responsibility and abiding goodness.