Michael Taylor retired after a 40-year career in public service that afforded him the opportunity to be a critical observer of both human nature and the personal agenda of others. Unlike Will Rogers, he didn’t necessarily like everyone he met; clearly differentiating between colleagues, friends, and mere acquaintances. Despite a bad attitude that causes him to be mistaken for and unfairly accused of being a cynic, he thoroughly enjoys the tales told to him by family and true friends, traveling frequently between the East and West Coast (and occasionally to the UK) to gather their stories. This is his first novel.