Th3 Simple Questions - Slice Open Everyday Life

"Beautifully written. The poetry of the language is the story."


THE AUTHOR USED three simple questions: “Who Am I?”, “Why Am I Here?” and “What Do I Want?” as prompts for journaling and deep reflection.

The book uses the questions like three lens on the everyday.

Th3 simple questions reveal the moral ecology that forms our inner terrain and the outer moral landscape in which we all live.

"WHEN I READ the last response to the three simple questions, I realized that I had gotten to know a kindred spirit, someone whose blog seems well worth getting to know a lot better.” Jack Mangus, Reader’s Favorite Review

“HONESTLY I HAVE been in a slump for awhile when it comes to reading books until I got my hands on this one... let's just say this amazing book found me and I am ecstatic that it did.” Mark Krausman, Amazon review

“YOU'LL WANT TO OWN this book so you can return to the various sections to peruse them once again, be intrigued, challenged and inspired.” Brenda Hammond, Good Reads review

“I WANT YOU TO PUT DOWN whatever you usually read, your morning paper, or, perhaps your TV remote (and hit the "off" button) or something you have to read for work or you want to read for escape and PICK UP THIS BOOK AND READ IT! I promise you will not regret it.” Paige Stone, Good Reads review


I AM YOUR CRISIS - I am the crisis which has defined your life. Why did I break you? To let something out? Or let something in?

I AM THE BEING OF QUIET AND YOU ARE ANXIOUS? OVERWHELMED? NERVOUS? – The Being of Quiet - You are Anxious Overwhelmed Nervous Afraid Anxiety Attack Peevish

I AM THE MOTHER YOU HAVE NEVER MET - An unwed mother who gave her son up for adoption describes his conception on New Year's eve 1948-49.

ACCEPTANCE (ORIGINALLY TITLED “A TWIST OF FATE”) - A college acceptance letter surfaces 30 years too late. Why was it hidden? How would life have been different had it been delivered?

SHE COAXES THE HUMAN SPIRIT - The physician coaxes the human spirit and gives comfort to the frightened, courage to the dying and attention to the Willie Lomans who whine and carp about declining forces, failure or change.

MY SOCKEYE SALMON SOUL - How does a human find their way to their death pool?

I AM YOUR HANDS – Your hands are the keeper of the threads of the loom of your life. What are you reaching for?

MIDNIGHT SHIFT - Who does those demanding, repetitive, soul numbing jobs for us?

ANOTHER WILLIE MAYS MIRACLE – My friend Brian was dying of cancer. I never underestimated the healing power of a '59 Willie Mays baseball card.

THE SUBSTANCE OF LOVE – Love has transformative power. Are we the "Bees of Paradise"? What can our communities do through Love?

THE HEART – VALENTINE DAY 2014 – The heart may be tender, vulnerable, strong, fierce, open, enthusiastic, cold and raw. The heart is also the doorway into the mystical.

SOME OF US ESCAPED – Life began to sort us out in childhood. Some of us were allowed to play. Is it better to suffer courageously, dangerously and creatively? Or live lives directed in carefully-crafted skill sets?

I AM DISINCARNATION – AGE 42, THE HINGE YEAR - A "mountaintop experience" and breakthroughs for Galileo, Jung, Freud and Fridan.

I AM AN INMATE IN MY MARRIAGE, FAMILY AND JOB - I volunteer at a maximum security prison and teach a course in finding inner freedom through self-control because I am an "inmate" in my marriage, family and a job.

AGE 28 – 30 THE WISER PERSON WITHIN US – The Wiser Person within us brings our limitations and short-falls to meet our future and prompts a Crisis of Talent. At about age 28 - 30. How was this for you?

WHAT FEEDS US – I am what feeds us in the food - what nourishes us - what offers health.

THIS THING BETWEEN US – There is something between us. This silence is gaining energy and turning into something violent.

ENTER THE TIMEKEEPER – I am the Timekeeper. I am the one who divides your life into segments and those segments into segments. I am the deadline, the due date, the thin veneer of control...

DANDELION WINE: ALCHEMICAL BATTING PRACTICE - May 1 is a cross-quarter day between the Vernal Equinox and Summer Solstice. It is also the day I pick Dandelion Petals to make Dandelion Wine. This is a spiritual, alchemical practice.

I AM THE PAUSE BUTTON ON LIFE. - Much of life today is on automatic pilot. Trains of cause and effect, pulling cars loaded with habitual thought, leave our stations bound for a one way journey to a predetermined outcome. The pause or gap, is all about freedom. We at least should be free in our heads and responsible for our actions if life otherwise has us boxed in.

DEVOTION BECOMES SACRIFICE: THE SEED - I am the Seed. I am all about Devotion to my species. I am also all about Sacrifice in order to transform myself into a plant. I think I'm gonna need some help.

MONSTERS WHICH KEEP US SAFE KILL US - Have we created a world of monsters that are now raging against us? How do we protect ourselves against outer monsters? Anguish. But even that is not enough.

I AM GALILEO AND FACEBOOK IS MY TELESCOPE - I have concluded that you have been under a significant mis-apprehension! Things are NOT as they seem. The individual citizen is NOT the center of your society any longer. Your Citizen-Centric society has been an ILLUSION caused by geometry! There is a new and larger entity that influences all the other spheres. This discovery explains why certain things are not as they seem to you and why others gone so wrong!

I AM THE TONGUE OF THE LIAR - It's a great era to be the tongue of a liar! A Golden Age. This is the age of massive lies told with sincerity.

I AM YOUR MASK - Inside me is the real person you're working on becoming - the REAL you.

GO DOWN ARCHETYPAL MOSES - A great deal of our life is spent in "in between" places where we have to spend time. The waiting rooms of life where we are stuck for some times long periods of time. Not enough time wasted to do anything but sit in dull resentment. Not in the dark. Not in the light. Not quite living. Not quite dead. What does one do? Think about Archetypes, of course. Enter Moses.

NICCOLO MACHIAVELLI AND RESURRECTION FORCES - I am Niccolo Machiavelli. My treatise which separated politics from morality was called The Prince and published in 1513. The brand has done very well! Only a modern mind would apply a then radical concept - amorality - in so many practical policy ways at all levels of society worldwide! Your world has learned the lessons of amorality well. But there is a final lesson which Princes do not want to hear and so will overlook. A lesson they find incomprehensible. A force more powerful than their immoral politics, economics or false religions because it comes from the heart of man.

I AM WHO I AM NOT BUT MAY HAVE BEEN - Much of our culture defines people by their gifts and talents – what you’re “good” at. But, what about the things we’re not good at, or the list a list of the things I am not: not gifted in, have no desire to do, or have no interest in whatsoever. Why are we NOT interested in those specific things?

IS THE DEEP SPRING OF YOUR CREATIVITY IN DEEP WATER? - I am the deep spring which from which your creativity once flowed. Like all springs, I come from a source. In healthy eco-systems there is a continual renewal process so that deep springs do not go dry. But, maybe you’ve forgotten this process – or think it is not important or that you are not responsible for the maintenance of your creativity. Or, perhaps, you believe you can neglect it because you’ve ALWAYS had “the touch”, the spark, “the juice.” Do you think I appear by “magic”? That I’m a gift that will keep on giving? Hello!

I AM HEROIN ADDICTION - I am heroin addiction. I am 16 years old, I was a sophomore when I was in school. If I still was in school, I would be the most popular girl in my school because I’m fun and I really look hot. Everybody wants to be hot! I’m VERY caring - everyone says so. Everyone who meets me likes me. They think they can be with me twice a week, and make no commitments! You think you’re better than everybody else? That because you’re rich you’re immune? You can buy your way in to this club but you can’t buy your way out.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE AND YOU DREAM EACH OTHER = Writers are dreamers who gather imaginations and fantasies and bring them down to words. When the reader reads what I have written, you read and imagine or experience my dream – and so you dream along with me. We are all sleepers in the dreams of others. Who is dreaming the dream of you? Who is writing your story? Whose ideals or ideas fill your inner world? Where do you go when you sleep? With whom do you commune?

I AM YOUR NESTED SYSTEM (LEND ME YOUR HIGHER SELF FOR A MOMENT, WILL YA?)- I am your nested system. We are Five Sheaths which are nested within your physical body like a Russian “Babushka” doll. I am really sorry to have to bring this very complicated schema up at a time like this. But, I know you’re busy; but I can tell some of you are struggling with weight loss, stopping smoking (“cessation” as it is called now), modifying a habit, parenting, dealing with aging parents, grumpy colleagues, or angry young people – then you simply must be aware of how this nested system works.

BATTLING DRAGONS - Once I lived in a small English village where each year the villagers continue to do battle with a dragon which threatens to consume their teenage children. The dragon which threatens these kids is built up by all of this cumulative old stuff which can kill your enthusiasm for life. Unlike the dragon in fairy tales which is kept outside town in a mountain cave, this dragon is kept locked in each villager’s heart – including the teenagers’ - and hidden with very polite social mores, mild-manners and stiff-upper-lips. But, once a year, they battle this dragon.

FROM NAÏVE IDEALISM TO ACHIEVED IDEALISM - Naive Idealism or "Love 1.0" is a gift to everyone however, it can fade when the reality of life hits us. What is needed is Achieved Idealism - ideals we achieve ourselves with the help of others.

I AM YOUR KNOT: THE STRUCTURE OF YOUR REALITY - Two lives bound together in a knot. Is it created out of Love? Out of Karma (whatever that is)? Is this the structure of your reality?

THE HELMSMAN ARISES - I am the Helmsman, the steady hand on the rudder of your life, your guide, your pilot over the most dangerous environments, the forces of the unknown, of potentials dwelling in the sea of your life.

WHY IS BIG BIRD BIG AND YELLOW? - Good morning. I am here to present the original research for Children’s Television. This research was carried out just as the technology of television was introduced and was the fundamental building block for the most successful children's television programs and consumer decades to follow.

WHAT WILL BECOME OF THEM? THE SPIRIT OF THE PRESENT VISITS EBENEEZER SCROOGE - A scene from Dickens "Christmas Carol" is intercut with news clips of the refugee children flooding into the U.S. The Ghost of the Present - the second spirit - visits Ebenezer Scrooge. From beneath his green and ample robe are revealed children - one boy on whose forehead is the word "Ignorance" and a girl marked with the word "Want". Scrooge asks what will become of them?

APPARENT NECESSITY - I have an awkward question about wars, school shooters and office supplies all related in some way to a feeling of inner need even urgency. Who or what is it that whispers in our ears our unique pass-code for action to resolve that need? Awkward answer will follow.

THE REBELLION AGAINST THE GOD OF MYSELF - Pain, like an arrogant Angel, refused to obey ME - the God of Myself.

STRUGGLE FOR THE NEW FAITHFULNESS - How do we REALLY meet one another? How do we TAME one another? How do we forgive?

© Copyright 2014, Jean W. Yeager

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The writing is richly creative, evocative, poetic, crisp, and whimsical and affirms the Human Spirit.

6” X 9”, Softcover, 125 pg.

 ISBN: 978-1-4908-7124-0

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