SONDER

n. The realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own

I love stories and words. Especially ones like sonder, which for me is both a word and a story. [Consider watching the video… it’s well worth two minutes thirty-nine seconds. I warn you that the thoughts it engenders might (hopefully) last much, much longer.] There’s a moment—usually early morning with a second cup of coffee—when […]

WISHBOOK (front) by Jack Carpenter With Dennis Lowery

WISHBOOK (Booknology, 2017)

About WISHBOOK

Jack Carpenter takes a whimsical but realistic look at relationships, especially the way men engage with women. Sure, it’s quirky—written by a new author in a slightly offbeat way—but if you can stick with it for 2 ½ to 3 hours, we promise, applying what you’ve read will make you happier. Based on real-world experiences and interviews with women from all walks of life, WISHBOOK provides men with 10 common sense but often forgotten ideas to improve their relationship with the woman in their life. If you follow just three of the suggestions, we guarantee your relationship will improve. WISHBOOK is a fun book about a serious topic. It should be read and embraced by every man who wants to make a difference in—or rejuvenate—their life, love, and happiness.

The Author

Jack hails from Oak Harbor, Washington. He attended the United States Naval Academy. Following graduation, he served for 20 years in various ships and Pentagon tours culminating in command of a Tomahawk Destroyer. His business experience includes executive leadership positions in the Information Technology industry. He resides with his lovely bride in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

From Dennis Lowery

Before you look at the cover and title and form an opinion—what you think it is about—please, read the Afterword from the book. [You can also read how the title came about here.]

WISHBOOK [Available Now]

New Nonfiction With a Client

Before you look at the cover and title and form an opinion—what you think it is about—please, read the following from the book. [You can also read more about it here and how the title came about here.]             AFTERWORD As you now know, the author—Jack Carpenter—chose to treat the topic […]

The WHETHER Forecast

 “A true saying it is: Desire hath no rest, is infinite in itself, endless, and as one calls it, a perpetual rack, or horse-mill.” That was written by St. Augustine b. 353AD, d. 430AD, as cited by Robert Burton in his 1621 work titled, Anatomy of Melancholy. He was talking about what is known as the […]

AGELESS LOVE – An Alpha & Beta Story

Learned from The Twilight Zone

One morning this Twilight Zone episode [see the clip below] came up in discussion. It’s Alpha’s favorite, and I asked her why. “Because the old man was willing to live with pain if he could be with his wife.” She looked at me and asked. “Do you like it?” “It’s one of my favorites.” But […]

Big Granny’s Wish Book

A Vignette

This little story came about while working with one of my clients, so after this opening paragraph, I’m writing in the context of my conversation with him about his project. And this piece, slightly modified, we’ll likely go into the front part of his book: Once his book’s content (the narrative) was about 95% where […]

IT’S JUST A DOG

A Rewrite of a Non-Attributed Work (Unknown Author)

From time to time, I’ve heard said, “lighten up, it’s just a dog,” or “that’s a lot of money for just a dog.” Those who said it don’t understand how pleasurable the distance traveled and the time spent with just a dog can be. In an eventful life, some of my most fun moments have come about […]

To Be Alive…

An Alpha & Beta Story

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive; to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” –attributed to Marcus Aurelius Beta was making what we call Cyclops toast, one of our favorite breakfasts (others may call it ‘Eggs-in-a-Blanket’). That’s where you butter a slice of bread, fold […]

You Can Touch But Don’t Feel

A Truth of Our Digital Age

[A chilling comment found scribbled in the margin of a book… a feeling, when reading it, you’ll never experience with an eBook.] “My name is—smudged and could not read—from Vilna. The Nazis are coming to my town. I have studied up to this spot. If this book survives me, please start learning from here in […]