Kurt G. Schmidt is an old owl, sometimes wise, often not. When unable to find a satisfactory word for writing the wisdom, he observes bird feeders from his studio window. On at least one occasion, this owl perched on a branch and watched him. If Kurt publishes any interesting stuff, he may share it here on Links. If not, he will either watch the birds or go hiking with his wife. Kurt has written three memoirs that may find their way to a discerning publisher someday.
A coming-of-age memoir, Consequences of My Mother’s Love Life, describes a boy’s struggles during the 1950’s and early 60’s to overcome his father’s toxic behavior. Poor senior grades, his parents’ divorce, and poverty diminish his chance for college, but two small loans buy him seven months at a Washington D. C. prep school. His work there qualifies him for Annapolis, where an authoritarian regime brings back childhood ghosts that precipitate a crisis. Drawing on old survival instincts, he must find the resilience to overcome it.
The foreign odyssey memoir, On the Road to European Intrigue, is about a daydreamer who quits his engineering job for a year-long road trip to discover the lives of Europeans and his life’s purpose. He becomes involved with an injured Bavarian mother disguised as a scarecrow, a lonely Danish girl in the south of France, a Norwegian journalist, a British Casanova-pilot, a Croatian Robin Hood, a rude German virgin, and two Oxford University hitchhiker women. He learns the human experience is unique with respect to each individual’s emotional history. (Excerpts from this book have appeared in issues of Eclectica Magazine; see “Links”.)
Roadrunner is a family story that begins with the unlikely birth of a whirlwind who asks too many sticky questions. Then there is the problem of a toddler who shouts at the minister on Christmas Eve, meows in an art museum, and, among other challenges, insists on climbing a mountain. Should Mom and Dad confront a sarcastic teacher who exploits their son’s vulnerability? Is there a solution to a teen obsessed with racing? Dad’s writing over a twenty-five-year period examines child development and parental self-doubt, including whether a sport that causes their roadrunner’s many injuries will stunt his growth or teach him about the consequences of success and failure. Essays adapted from this memoir have appeared in Your Teen Magazine, Parent Co, The Good Men Project, and the Bocopa Literary Review (see “Links”).