April 6th 2019 ‘An Unusual Life’ was released on Amazon in paperback and as a Kindle eBook.
After a fifty year history of writing poetry and essays Thomas Theodore Welborn began in Oct. of 2018 to edit and compile this body of work into book form. Welborn had also begun to document his life story in a very personal memoir over the years and after retiring in June 2018 he was able to devote the time required to complete it. The result is now available on Amazon in paperback and as a Kindle eBook. Click the link below to be taken to the book's Amazon page.
On the back cover he states:
Why did I write this book? I turned 63 years old this past March 16th 2019, and thoughts of one’s mortality arise more and more often for those of us who are fortunate enough to still be able to reflect on a life of such duration. I find I now seem to be on the outside of a storefront looking in on a present that has left me behind in many ways. I must admit, I kind of prefer it that way, as much that is now the new normal is, shall we say, disagreeable to my constitution.
This book documents the changes that occur for a man born in the 1950s, growing up in small town America, as the information age, and now the social media age took over the weltanschauung of cultures around the world. It also documents my reactions to the travesty of our military-industrial-corporate-complex/cartel controlled and manipulated lives and the tragic destruction of so many innocent lives, amid the escalating degradation of the environment, by the self-interested agenda of this oligarchy.
This is my life story condensed into about a hundred pages; after that is a selection of my poetry and essays. I call it an unusual life because I am an unusual person. I do not fit most categories. I have been a carpenter, a rock band drummer, a treasure hunter, and a nature adventurer. When I was young I worked in factories and in construction. Later I worked for thirty years in office machine service industries and for the last seven years maintained computers and networks for a major bank [working as a third-party vendor for a major IT outsourcing company]. Now retired, I write essays on politics, philosophers, and religious topics. I compose music and songs and own a home recording studio. I have six solo albums that I have written all the material, performed all the instrumental parts, recorded and engineered, self-produced, and released via iTunes, Spotify, etc.
Why did I write this book? Generally speaking most do not know the hour and place of their passing. It would seem prudent therefore to acknowledge this outcome and make preparations. In that I offer my work, as one also predestined to that culmination, as a last will and testament. May it, in however small a way, make a difference.