Old Telluride friends create a book together …



An 86-year-old grandpa writes a letter to his grandchildren about life, love, sex, money and the hazards of staying alive. This little volume for young adults and grandparents is an introduction to life’s surprises, victories, and pitfalls; the lessons about the wins and losses that are not taught in school.

Ideas and imagination are made real by forty-four paintings from the quirky mind of John Mansfield whose art hangs in collections worldwide, including the Smithsonian.

A grandparent’s gift, this is a keepsake without an end-date. Discussion points about creativity, finance, being cool, business ventures and beliefs help young adults happily avoid predictable disasters and enjoy the trip of life well-lived.


Jerry has several other published books including Sleeping Big which is a favorite of mine. rŌbert

In the 1970s, Telluride Colorado is an extreme place populated by extreme people made crazier by each other, the last bastion of the old West where living is fun, sex is easy and death is nigh. A remote village with a backdrop of snowy peaks is the stage. It’s inhabited by escapees from reality, the remoteness making for easy sex, cheap politicians, hippies, coke dealers and a sprinkling of criminals hiding out in the mountains where the law is “flexible”. The Bubba Ram, a phony guru, barely survives lost gambles, wasted love and life and death clashes with civilization by rebels who pursue money and sex and watch the town metamorphose into a free-thinking haven for the super rich.

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