Ed Ramsey


I grew up on a family farm in northeastern North Dakota. We were a lower middle class family, struggling to make it on a small farm. My folks were honest, church-going, decent, hardworking folk that kept struggling to feed their large brood, and make their farm business succeed. All things considered, they did pretty well for us. They are both gone now, but I can never repay them for what they did provide.

For the last 32 years my family and I have lived in worked in the Twin Cities area. I have always worked in the facilities field, and have been a building engineer for the last 14 years. God, my wife, my children, work, and writing are the main loves of my life. I hope that I have made them proud.

There are thousands of professional thinkers representing academia, governmental agencies and various think tanks. The advantage to being an amateur thinker is that one 's thinking is not distorted by professional or institutional biases. Living and working in the every day world, and in the marketplace, have allowed me to see the world from a more practical, free market perspective.

As the years pass, and Mavellonialist thought becomes accepted, mainstream and popular, please remember that this outlook grew out of battling hostility, poverty, hardship, ridicule and indifference to bring this wonderful, God-derived philosophy to the world. All in all, so striving has been a joy, honor and privilege. Enjoy everyday, and grow in every way!

Ideas have always been a passion of mine. For 39 years I have been jotting down my ideas, and these three books are the first fruits of that labor and refinement. More books are forthcoming.

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Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on an ancestral farm two miles west of the bleak, wind-swept (bleak at least in the month of January) prairie village of Crystal, North Dakota. It is hard to divine background influences, but certainly there is a vibrant, creative streak that runs through the generations of Reillys (on my paternal grandmother's side), and that blood and spark are strong in me. I could have been a writer, or have gone to prison, or have been a warrior in Viet Nam, but due to the restraining direction from a firm and fiery mother, I have manged to stay out of trouble, for the most part. The debt that I owe her cannot be repaid.

Dad was half Reilly so the same inventive, artistic temperament flowed through his veins, But his English, Ramsey side gave him from tempering, sensible perspective, so he too lived a pretty regular life.

Mom was an O'Sullivan whose Mother, Margeurite, was a McAndress. These O'Sullivan women were extroverts, loud, aggressive, fiery, (they could be vengeful) and imposing. They were pioneers and matriarchs; they were forces to be reckoned with. Their men suffered badly from alcoholism, so most of the women were fanatically anti-booze. Their Roman Catholicism was the center of their world, and I am deeply ingrained with its psychology and worldview. Their men were rural, macho, patriarchal pioneers. My Grandfather O'Sullivan was powerfully built man who took sauce off of no one, and everybody knew and stepped aside. From the O'Sullivans, I received work ethic, passion, love of life, large appetites, macho outlook and stubbornness.
Deep down, it is less important who were our influences, but, because all are blessed with great talent and potential. Antecedents in no way prevent the ambitious from doing whatever they desire to achieve. Where we came from just flavors how we act, react and perform as we venture along in life. The rest is up to us.
When did you first start writing?
I was writing poetry back in 1972 and 1973. I wrote a series of novels, or started on them, called Somard of Lufe, about a hero/savant leading his people in a hidden retreat, where a small band of elite humans lived in a managed paradise in some northern realm like Iceland. I decided that it was so heavy on didactic content that I might as well just turn to philosophical writing openly. I had made that decision by 1975, and Volume I and Volume II of my first book grew out of those early efforts.
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More on the Maverick Way
Series: Ed Ramsey's Philosophy, Book 4. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 87,910. Language: American English. Published: June 23, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Contemporary philosophy, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Ethics & moral philosophy
We have the opportunity for this to be the best of times. For this to come about, we must embrace and enact God's plan for us, which is the Maverick Way. Should we refuse to cooperate, this may be the worst of times. This book is a grader, smoothing the route to New Jerusalem. Get in your car and travel the route.
The Maverick Way
Series: Ed Ramsey's Philosophy, Book 3. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 88,120. Language: American English. Published: May 25, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Contemporary philosophy, Nonfiction » Philosophy » New age philosophy
This is Ed Ramsey's third book of blue collar philosophy. In this book, he expands upon familiar themes like self-actualizing as a God-engendered command to be all that one can be. Ed urges that there are moderate, rational, practical, successful solutions to most any human problem imaginable. Mavellonialism is the tree of life sprouting from 3 springs: love, spirituality and worldliness.
Notes Towards a New Age, Volume 2
Series: Ed Ramsey's Philosophy, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 383,100. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Contemporary philosophy, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Religious philosophy
Ed Ramsey lives his blue collar philosophy, which he refers to as Mavellonialism. It is his cherished hope that inviting people to immerse themselves in the ideas presented throughout the chapters listed in Volume 2, will open the eyes of the reader to the immense, invaluable and satisfying opportunity given them to come to live as mavericks, in accordance with God's fervent hope for humanity.
Notes Towards a New Age
Series: Ed Ramsey's Philosophy, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 214,210. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Contemporary philosophy, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Essays
Ed Ramsey is a blue collar philosopher who has been living, working and writing, and developing his personal philosophy for 37 years. He refers to his philosophical approach as Mavellonialism, the art and science of sophisticated self-development, whereby the individual cultivates his or her beliefs. This philosophy is amenable to the needs of every individual, man or woman, rich or poor.

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