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Book’s Progress

I’m please to report that book sales for “The Man on the Bench” are brisk and exceeding expectations. In part, I thank some great publicity from media like The San Diego Union-Tribune, The Pennisula Beacon, NPR and KPBS, and Channel Six in San Diego. Thanks to all. Keep spreading the word.

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The Man on the Bench

Feel free to view this as a self serving missive about my new book. The reason being – this is a self serving missive about my new book. The Man on the Bench is available from Barnes and Noble and Amazon. It’s already getting good reviews so why not sing about it?

Nearly a year ago, I wrote a piece about the death of a homeless, mentally ill man that became a good friend. When I wrote it, I knew my friend’s first name, but not his last. I decided to try and find his family and learn more about his past. The book chronicles the amazing story of Jeffrey Pastorino, the man we called the Mayor of Point Loma.

He sat on a bench for nearly twenty years. People thought he was crazy and by many standards, he was. But after discovering his past and the events that brought him to that bench, I began to wonder who was truly crazy. The path of that discovery turned out to be the basis for this amazing story. The life of this unlikely man serves as a beacon for all of mankind when it comes to dealing with our insecurities and shortcomings. For in the final analysis, we all spend at least a little time sitting on the bench. Learn more at www.54Candles.org.

More Lessons from the Mayor

When Jeff Pastorino, our homeless “Mayor” of Point Loma died, a community spirit was awakened. It has been so miraculous that the story appeared on the front page of The San Diego Union Tribune today. I’ve received calls from teary eyed readers. Emails continue to come in about the homeless man who touched the hearts of an entire community. When I originally penned my personal farewell to Jeff Pastorino, (August 25th, September 20th), I couldn’t begin to imagine what would follow. Neither did I understand how much I would learn through the man who wanted to be invisible.

Since his death two months ago, I’ve learned a lot about this man no one knew, but everyone cared about. Over the years, I’ve heard stories about who he was and why he sat on the same bench for more than a decade and a half. Each teller was quite certain his or her story was the correct one. After all, it had been heard from a reliable source. How much more certain can someone be?

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