Growing up is never easy. This true story, So Close to Dying, is a journey of remembrance, a narrative and photographic essay of coming of age in the 1950's and 1960's in the United States. It is the journey of a little boy to a man, moving from one misadventure to the next and filled with laughter, joy, heartache, and vulnerability on an unintentional path to maturity. As he grows up, learning to cope with life's realities: within school, within his own family, and within the sphere of his own needs and desires, he finds his struggle all-encompassing and t without peril; he also finds that life is grand. His journey must play out against the late sixties, where the winds of social change blow through the fabric of America. The fight for civil rights rages, the Viet Nam war is in full swing, and many young men in America will receive a draft tice. With these realities in play, our protagonist must make a moral choice, and his all-or-thing approach to life takes him to OCS, Quantico, Virginia and the Marine Corps, and finally as a helicopter pilot to Viet Nam, where his life will change forever. I trust the progression of this story of growing up in the fifties and sixties, from a little boy with often misdirected energy, but a kind heart, to a young man with a modicum of direction and self-esteem, but with that same heart, will resonate with some of you, make you laugh, make you cry, and affirm how precious is this gift of life.
Edward Mowry, a small animal veterinarian, a former high school teacher, and a former Marine Corps helicopter pilot, lives and works in Southern California. He has been a practicing veterinarian since 1979, married for forty-one years to the same wonderful woman, and is fortunate enough to be only a stone's throw from his two daughters and their husbands. He is still searching for the Holy Grail of a balanced life, and he can be found in winter on the slopes of Mammoth Mountain or in his RV, reading those tomes he should have perused long ago and writing his next story, entitled, Don't Tell Me I Can't. Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org