“Life Is a Fountain” is a captivating collection of meditative essays written upon quotes commonly attributed to Epicurus, Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, and others. Also included is a collection of essays, reflecting the author’s opinions on various subjects from popular culture, to politics, to religion, and similar relevant topics. The book is meant to be read as an “Ethical Will.” An ethical will is a document that passes down lessons one has learned from Life, the ethical values acquired, advice, injunctions to the next generation, and sometimes personal reminiscences. Ethical wills are very personal, and are meant to be transmitted from one generation to the next. Rabbis and Jewish laypeople have composed ethical wills from ancient times, the forms and purposes changing over time; but the contemporary styles we recognize today were developed in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
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About the Author: Michael F Butchin
My name is Michael F. Butchin. I was born to a family of scholars, musicians, actors, and singers. A Philadelphia native, I actually grew up in the South Jersey suburbs.
I attended Rutgers University, New Brunswick, from which I graduated with a degree in Chinese Language and Literature. I also attended graduate school, where I read for Early Childhood Education. After graduation, I lived in Taiwan for several years, where I worked as a kindergarten and Pre-K teacher during the day, and as an ESOL instructor at night. I have also traveled extensively in China. I currently reside in Beijing, where I still teach ESOL.
Having no family of my own, I write books, so as to have something to leave behind me when I die. I may have no children; but I have books. I may have no one to remember me, nor have I really much reason to be remembered, but for a while, perhaps, in the far future, someone might peruse my work, and remember me for a brief minute or two.
On the lighter side, I also daydream of a time in which I can support myself with my writing in a nice home in my native city, or at least a decent apartment in Europe or Scandinavia. Alas, that would require a lot more skill, talent, and drive than I presently possess. If anyone feels the compulsion to throw money at me, please do so by buying my books.
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