Local author holds book signing

“Anything is possible if you have a burning desire to accomplish it!”
This is the personal belief and theme of Jack Cameron’s recent book, “A Recipe for Living.”
After visiting Scotland in 2002 with his wife, Elsie, Cameron had a “burning desire” to walk the paths of his Scottish ancestors.
So in 2004, a short five months after having knee replacement surgery, Cameron returned to Scotland and with his two sons and his eldest grandson, not only climbed Ben Nevis, but also hiked along the Great Glenn Way from Fort William to Inverness.
After accomplishing his trek across Scotland, Cameron, a former principal at Fort Frances High School, began writing “A Recipe for Living”—a personal reflection of his philosophy of how to live your life.
He sums up this belief by quoting Sen. Robert F. Bennett of Utah.
“Your life is the sum result of all the choices you make both consciously and unconsciously. If you can control the process of choosing, you take control of all aspects of your life.
“You can find the freedom that comes from being in charge of yourself.”
Cameron, a retired educator with a Master’s degree in education from the University of North Dakota, spent a total of 33 years as a high school teacher, counsellor, coach, and administrator at Fort High.
Since his retirement from education in 1996, he has worked as a training consultant for “Absolute Training,” specializing in leadership development, organizational effectiveness, and educational assessment.
“A Recipe for Living” is a unique blend of Cameron’s thoughts, suggestions, and practices for reflecting on life and for making positive personal changes if we have that “burning desire” to take control of our life.
This book offers food for both the body and soul. Cameron creatively combines his deep spiritual beliefs with his love of fitness and cooking to assist the reader in examining their life, their beliefs, and the choices they make.
“A Recipe for Living” is not a solution for all of life’s problems, but Cameron believes that by “facing each day with a proactive and optimistic mind-set, our limited time here on planet Earth will be much more positive, productive, and rewarding.”
Each chapter, on the lighter side, also includes one of Cameron’s favourite recipes, as well as a suggestion for staying fit.
“Like I tell everyone, if you don’t get anything out of this book, at least there are 12 great recipes!” he grinned.
Cameron, despite recent back surgery, participated in a book-signing Saturday at Northwoods Gallery & Gifts in Fort Frances, enthusiastically sharing his book and philosophy with those who stopped by to chat.
“A Recipe for Living” can be purchased at Northwoods, as well as from the publisher, Trafford Publishing, at www.trafford.com
It also can be found at amazon.com or amazon.ca
“The book has been well-received,” Cameron enthused. “The whole idea of writing the book, however, was to share my ideas with others, not to make money.”
Cameron already has begun working on a second book.
“This one will be an historical-fiction. It will be based on my Scottish, Ukrainian, and aboriginal backgrounds,” he hinted.
Cameron recently joined the Genome Project, initiated by the National Geographic Society, and has begun to genetically trace his ancestors back through the centuries.
It seems that as soon as Cameron accomplishes one of his “burning desires,” it is quickly replaced by a desire to add another chapter to his “Recipe for Living.”
Maybe that’s the real secret of living!

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