Your Legacy and Why It Matters.
My next guest is a fine gentleman named Mike Nelson. He is a retired physician, and a writer (under the pen name of Michael Deeze), veteran, son, and father. He recently started something called The Legacy Project.
The idea first came to him when his Father gave him a diary of all of his missions as a tail gunner on a B-17 in World War II. He was a 17 year old kid when he went in. He came home 2 years later after almost 40 missions a much older and different man. His father would never speak of his experiences during the war. But the diary explained it all in horrifying detail. And Mike only got to read it very late in his father’s life. After reading it he understood a lot more about his father and why he was the way he was. Mike figured if he had known sooner he might have had a better relationship with him. He decided not to let that happen to his children and set out to document some of his own life.
He started the Legacy Project to help others pass their knowledge and life experience on to their children and their children’s children. In this episode, we talk about why it might be a good idea for every man to document his legacy.
Michael has written “Bless Me Father” and “For I Have Sinned,” with his third book, “Heretic,” on the way. Named one of the “Most Exciting Independent Writers for 2018” by Indie Authors Magazine for his short stories, the Rockford, Illinois area resident was forced into retirement from his medical practice this past spring by a quadruple bypass. He is also creating The Legacy Project, aimed at showing people how important their own life stories are and teaching them how to produce their own legacy by creating an oral history of their life experiences. In that way, they can pass their knowledge and experience on to their children and their children’s children. A U.S. Army veteran, he spent decades living near the forests of northern Wisconsin. He has visited every state in the Union and worked on five of the seven continents of the world and is a devoted father to his three children.
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