When I was a kid, I—like many 15-year-old boys at the time—dreamed of being a rock n’ roll guitarist, like Eddie Van Halen

(Eddie passed away yesterday)

Behind my parents’ barn in Ashburnham, MA, Kramer guitar (Eddie played a Kramer) slung over my shoulder

Best friend Mike, who played drums, by my side

Starting at age 16, I began to let my dreams die…including my dream of becoming a writer

Instead becoming addicted to drinking booze, and doing drugs

Fortunately, thanks to people like my parents, Mike, and the people of Ashburnham

I’m inspired—it’s never too late!

Thirty-five years (the past 13 years drug-free) and many new & revived dreams later…

I’ve achieved my dream of becoming a writer (if not a very good guitarist)

More importantly (to me), I use my writing to transform my past mistakes—and what I’ve learned—into ways to inspire others to achieve their dreams, too

In memory of Eddie, and in gratitude for the amazing Second Chances I’ve been given

Here’s sending prayers, positive thoughts, and love to Eddie’s family, friends, and fans…may you continue to achieve your dreams, too

(Eddie passed away yesterday)

Behind my parents’ barn in Ashburnham, MA, Kramer guitar (Eddie played a Kramer) slung over my shoulder

Best friend Mike, who played drums, by my side

Starting at age 16, I began to let my dreams die…including my dream of becoming a writer

Instead becoming addicted to drinking booze, and doing drugs

Fortunately, thanks to people like my parents, Mike, and the people of Ashburnham

I’m inspired—it’s never too late!

Thirty-five years (the past 13 years drug-free) and many new & revived dreams later…

I’ve achieved my dream of becoming a writer (if not a very good guitarist)

More importantly (to me), I use my writing to transform my past mistakes—and what I’ve learned—into ways to inspire others to achieve their dreams, too

In memory of Eddie, and in gratitude for the amazing Second Chances I’ve been given

Here’s sending prayers, positive thoughts, and love to Eddie’s family, friends, and fans…may you continue to achieve your dreams, too