Originally Published: October 29, 2009 10 p.m.
Don Preston thought when he retired "rich" at age 55 from a high-level corporate career that he "should have been more afraid" about "climbing down" into ordinary life. He had an abundance of money and visions of the good life in Palm Springs or Las Vegas. Instead, he was "pounded with a series of lethal storms" that made his ascent into the corporate world "look easy." He reflected on his life as the "proverbial rags to riches" story. He had risen from poverty and low expectations of his childhood and expected the same smooth ride in retirement. Instead personal losses beset him after his retirement, and lessons he had learned on his path to achievement failed him. He needed to revisit lessons he had missed, and his memoir, "I Love You One Thousand Houses," is a memoir of that search and its title comes from a loving expression his mother used when he was a toddler. His book was published by iUniverse and is available from that company, Amazon.com, and Barnes and Noble.