If life gives you rutabagas…

I’m sure you are as sick as I am of that old platitude about making lemonade when life gives you lemons, right?

Well, there have been more than a few times when I was so far down that being given a truckload of lemons would have been a real blessing. Instead, I sold light bulbs over the telephone in Los Angeles, dug ditches in Georgia, picked cotton (oh, yes, I really did) in East Texas, tossed bales of hay onto a trailer in Ardmore, Oklahoma, and even built cattle pens in Falon, Nevada. In February. In a blizzard.

I could have made a small (but not insignificant) fortune with a truckload of lemons, but life must have been too busy to notice.

I’ve been told on numerous occasions that what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger. I am pleased to report that some of the people who told me that are still alive and well, and at least slightly stronger.

And then there’s the one about not criticizing a man until you’ve walked a mile in his shoes. That one actually makes a lot of sense, if you think about it. You’re a mile away, you see, and you have his shoes.

I hope you had a great Memorial Day weekend.


About Gary Showalter

Gary Showalter was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He lived in Aruba, Florida and the Panama Canal Zone before joining the U.S. Army during the 1960s. Following his discharge from the Army, Mr. Showalter picked cotton in East Texas, baled hay in Ardmore Oklahoma, sold light bulbs in Los Angeles, California, and built cattle pens in Fallon, Nevada (during a blizzard, of course). After settling in Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. Showalter worked as a professional gardener before turning his hand to furniture making. In 1981, he moved to Israel, married, and raised four children while working as a furniture maker, silversmith, goldsmith, and ornamental wood turner. He served in the Israel Defense Forces Reserves for sixteen years, and when not on active duty he worked in government and private security. He has also served in senior management positions in two software development companies in Israel. During his time in Israel, Mr. Showalter published articles dealing with international terror and the Israel-Arab conflict in the Jerusalem Post, Israel national News and several political science web sites. Mr. Showalter returned to the United States in the fall of 2003, to care for an elderly parent. He published his first novel, “The Big Bend”, in the fall of 2008. His second novel, “Hog Valley”, is now in print. Mr. Showalter's third novel, “Twisted Key”, was published in the fall of 2011, and his fourth novel, "Lonesome Cove" is now available in Kindle format and should be published in paper near the end of 2012. He currently lives in Deland, Fl, where he is co-authoring "A Silent Star" with Tony Attanasio. "A Silent Star" is the true tale (though novelized, with names changed for security reasons) about the 4-person covert action team sent into Yemen to capture Osama Bin laden immediately after the bombing of the USS Cole in the Aden harbor in Yemen in October of 2000.
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