My new book is now available. On Amazon: Be the Change: One Random Act of Kindness at a Time . On Barnes and Noble.
Each of us can make a difference in the world, starting with ourselves, our family, our neighborhood, and our community. That difference, that work of being an agent of change starts with one person – you. One person and small groups are the true change agents in the world. One person can make a difference, significant and often monumental.
This book is a collection of thoughts, expressions of optimistic intentions, to make a difference, to be a force to be reckoned with. I believe in the empowerment of one person to bring about fundamental change.
You and I can change attitudes and can help people reform their focus, their life force, to bring about basic, lasting change.
This work starts with one person who has a strong sense of idealism and purpose, who wants to make their life, and eventually, the world a better place.
That aspiration can be daunting, but it begins with one step, one small change. A person who is committed to an ideal and has a plan of action, is a force to be reckoned with, a game changer, and one of the most powerful forces in the world – a committed agent of change.
Building Community: Rural Voices for Hope and Change: An Oregon Perspective, by Neal Lemery
How are rural American communities working to build a better world? These are the stories of building a stronger rural America. These are the stories of a resurgence in diverse talents and work in progress to improve community services, relationships, and to further collective societal values and organizations. Active community involvement engages everyone, to address social conditions and improve our collective lives. In part, this book gives voice to diverse points of views and experiences, and shows the strengths and talents of rural Oregon communities. Numerous community members from rural Oregon offer their perspectives and describe their work, building better, more vibrant communities that are meeting the difficult challenges of rural America in the Twenty First Century.
Available at Amazon.com https://smile.amazon.com/Building-Community-Voices-Change-Perspective/.
Also an e-book, also available on Amazon.
Here’s Neal talking about his latest book.
Neal Lemery’s first novel, Finding My Muse On Main Street , is now available at Amazon.
Growing up on the Pacific Northwest coast, small town boy Jake Morgan wants to find himself and his purpose in life. With the help of his many friends along Main Street, he lights his artistic creativity on fire. Taking the lead, he forges a coalition of artists, movers and shakers to build a community and open an art gallery on Main Street. Along the way, lives are transformed, including his own, on his way to manhood. In this young adult novel, Jake discovers his own artistic gifts and dreams, and connects with others along Main Street, who are seeking their own artistic dreams and creativity. Together, they build a renewed community, healing old wounds and reinvigorating their lives.
Finding My Muse on Main Street is also available at the Art Accelerated gallery and the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum, in Tillamook, Oregon. And, on sale at Another Read Through bookstore in Portland, Oregon.
Listen to the podcast:
There’s a nice review on the Tillamook County Pioneer on line newspaper, too!
His second book, Homegrown Tomatoes: Essays and Musings From My Garden, is available from Amazon at Homegrown Tomatoes in both print and e-book formats.
Growing young men is much like tending a garden. Retired judge Neal Lemery does both, working as a volunteer mentor in a youth prison. The author of Mentoring Boys to Men: Climbing Their Own Mountains, he continues his musings and observations about building community and enriching the lives of young men, by being present in their lives, and offering them support and emotional strength. He offers us hope in troubled times, and helps answer the question: “What can I do to make a better world?” in both print and an e-book format.
Watch my video, where I talk about my book, and how I became inspired to write it.
Read the Street Roots article on my mentoring work at the Oregon Youth Authority.
My Amazon author page