In February of 1994, I was invited to write the first of a series of so far—three books about old railroad lines that were converted to bike-paths [aka rail trails]. This was under the flag of a regional publisher that specializes in outdoor recreational guide-books--New England Cartographics.
The ones out thus are about New England at large, one on New Jersey and one on New York. I have several others under various stages of production. I’ve also done two books under the flag of Arcadia Publishing’s “Image of America” series of books. One on Holyoke—my old hometown and partnering with Jason Clark, one on Florence my current hometown.
And in the past four years, there have been four books written that have featured some aspect of my life as a case study.
1. Why Not Do What You Love by Martha Johnson which talks about how to get the courage to break out of the mold or rut and do what you really want to do with your life. 2. PATHFINDER by Ron Strickland which talks about the high-altitude reasons why developing trails is so important and features 10 people around the country who have done extraordinary things to ensure that trails get built. 3. ReInventing You by Dorie Clark which talks about re-branding and creative marketing.
4. Legendary Locals of Holyokeby Jacqueline Sears which talks about my passion for creating advocacy organizations--and specifically about the two I helped found in Holyoke.