Name: Robert Beezat
Current residence: Mount Pleasant
Connection to Racine County: I was town administrator in Mount Pleasant from 1985 to 1990. I then moved back to the Chicago area as a city manager in Rolling Meadows, Ill. My wife and I moved back to Racine County five years ago to be nearer our grandchildren who live in Oak Creek with our daughter and son-in-law.
Occupation: I spent most of my career as either a municipal administrator or as a municipal management consultant with a national consulting firm which I eventually owned and then sold. I am now semi-retired. I still do some consulting work. One volunteer group I helped start in the Racine area and continue to work with as Board President is SEED — Sustainable Edible Economic Development Inc. SEED is working in Kenosha, Racine and Walworth counties, making lives better and creating jobs through local healthy agriculture by increasing and diversifying the production and distribution of local, wholesome, agricultural products. Visit www.seedtofood.com for more information.
Title of book and publisher: “Knowing and Loving: The Keys to Real Happiness,” Dog Ear Publishing
Synopsis of book (plot): Be the happy person you were born to be! Understanding, developing and nurturing the human capacities of knowing and loving are the keys to finding deep and long lasting human happiness. Who am I? What am I? Why am I here? Is there a God? What will really make me happy? These are questions all of us ask ourselves from time to time. Our answers to or avoidance of those questions shape the practical and moral choices we make every day. Those choices, in turn, determine our level of happiness. As human beings, we are born to know and love. With a grasp of this basic concept, we can make choices and decisions which will enable us to live authentic, good and happy lives. It is never too early or too late in life to be deeply happy!
Is this your first book? Yes.
Why did you write the book? I wrote the book for two main reasons. First, I was fortunate to be raised in a large, multi-generational family. I had the opportunity to learn about what is important in life from the practical wisdom of parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers and sisters as well as neighbors in a close-knit neighborhood in Chicago.
Few of us live in that kind of social setting today. I wanted to capture the wisdom I learned from them and add my own lifetime of knowledge and experience to pass it on to my children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
Second, over the years supervising, managing and leading people and organizations, I have seen so many people who do not attain the happiness they are looking for, or in many cases, make choices that cause misery for themselves and the people around them. I think this book will give people a solid foundation for understanding the most basic questions of reality so that when they make choices on how to live their lives in order to be happy, they will make those choices based on what it means to be a happy and flourishing human being.
How did you get interested in writing? There are two main reasons I got interested in writing. First, in my professional career, I did a lot of writing: reports, recommendations, proposals, summaries of activities, advertising copy, etc. I developed the ability to take complex subjects and break them down to understandable elements which allowed colleagues, clients, subordinates, and peers to make decisions and implement them to move an organization forward.
Second, all of my life I have read numerous books and articles about a broad range of topics including, but not limited to, science, technology, philosophy, history, economics, politics, theology, science and literature. I wanted to capture as much of what I learned in a book of my own for the reasons listed in response to the previous question.
Where is the book available for purchase? The book can be purchased from Barnes & Noble; from Amazon in hard copy and Kindle edition. It can also be purchased from Dog Ear Publishing by going to my website for the book: www.knowingandloving.com.
Is the book available at the library? The book is available at the Racine, Union Grove, Waterford, Burlington and Kenosha libraries among others in southeastern Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois.
Website or Facebook page readers can visit for more information: The website for my book is www.knowingandloving.com.
I am available to speak to groups about my book. Since my book was published two years ago, I have spoken to 40 different groups about my book including libraries, Rotary Clubs, Optimist Clubs, book clubs and to groups of seniors. The presentations are done at no cost to the group to whom I am presenting.