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Tales of the Dismal Swamp
by A. Everette James, Jr.
A man and his dog—is there any closer relationship? A dog is a faithful companion, one who is eager to please and asks for only the most basic of creature comforts in return. Yet we can learn much from our dogs, if only we take a moment to study what they are trying to tell us.
A. Everette James, Jr., has spent hours listening to the things his dog, Mr. Grady, does not say while learning from how he interacts with his environment. He reveals Mr. Grady’s insights in his forthright and often humorous book, Tales of the Dismal Swamp.
Investigating such facets of everyday life as dealing with obstacles, taking time for recreation, navigating around difficult people, and bolstering one’s friendships, James blends elements of southern culture and idioms while presenting a journal of his appreciation for a special canine.
James goes on to share what he has discovered about the bonds of love between family members through his life with Mr. Grady and explores how he has taught James to judge a person based upon their actions and character and not how they appear.
Framed with keen descriptions of people and events, Tales of the Dismal Swamp truly tells how to learn almost everything about life from your dog.
About the Author
A native of rural North Carolina, presently residing in Chapel Hill with his wife, Nancy, Dr. James is an honors graduate of the University of North Carolina and Duke Medical Schools as well as a graduate of The Program of Health Systems Management at the Harvard Business School and John Hopkins School of Public Health. Also the author of over 500 articles, and twenty books, he is a member of Board of Visitors and Chancellor’s Club of UNC, the Alumni Board of Duke Medical School, the president of the Foundation of the North Carolina School of Veterinary Medicine and professional associations and societies too numerous to mention. He is listed in twenty-three Who’s Whos and is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha. James served in SVN (1965-1966) and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal and recommended for the Bronze Star. He has been honored for his contributions to the Vietnam Veterans Leadership Program.
When not lecturing, Dr. James spends his time collecting fine art, Southern furniture, quilts, and folk art; and hunting, fishing, and playing tennis.
(2000, paperback, 138 pages)