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  • SubGenre:General
  • Language:English
  • Pages:372
  • Paperback ISBN:9798350902778

Lucky Me

The Life of Brian

by Brian Ashley

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Lucky Me is a memoir of one man's life from his earliest childhood memories to his retirement. It is a story of contrasts and of passages from which you will see many similarities in your own life.

  • The difference between the moribund cities of the Northeast in the 1950s, and the vibrant Southern California of the 1960s.
  • The polar opposite of teaching and learning in Catholic Schools vs. Public Schools.
  • The difference in lifestyle and attitude from “Back East” to “Out West.”
  • The contrast between beliefs and lifestyles of an old world and a new one, and how a man dealt with and overcame those obstacles.

What People Are Saying About Lucky Me:

"Everyone is asking the same question; Who cares?"  an editor-at-large

"Ashley writes with uncommon intelligence. Uncommonly low!" a psychologist

"A one-of-a-kind book. (Thank God!)" a teacher

"This book stinks!" an acquaintance

"More trees died for nothing." an environmentalist

"Misses the mark entirely!" a book critic


Growing up in Catholic Schools, taught by French Canadian nuns in his early years, is a deep contrast to the experience in the freewheeling public schools of Southern California. The story describes significant events in elementary school right through attending college on a football scholarship.

Lucky Me is a story of lifelong learning and education. A young man from a blue-collar background, whom no relative or friend ever thought about college, let alone attended,  graduated with a BA in Psychology with an emphasis on statistical methods, tutored advanced statistics, and did original research with a noted professor. And in his 50’s, he went back to school and got his MBA. In addition, he founded two chess schools for kids ages 6-12.

It is the story of an almost 50-year career in the home fashions industry in the United States in the last half of the 20th Century and the first 20 years of the 21st.  You will meet a young man who started as a sales trainee and, over the years, developed into a successful sales, product, and marketing executive, rising to the level of Vice President in a Fortune 500 company. You will see adventures in his early, middle, and late career, right up to retirement.

It is the tale of a young and naïve dad who had a wonderful family shattered by the pain of divorce and separation from his children, only to marry the love of his life at age 49. You will see inside the mind of a man trying to cope yet make sense of it all.

About the author

Brian is obsessed with lifelong learning, achievement, and adventure. His hobbies include reading, writing, photography, pencil drawing, golf and exercise. He keeps a daily journal, does “Morning Pages”, and sketches at least one picture a day.

He is a proud father of five successful children, eleven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

He and his wife, Barbara, live in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, where he is a member of the Golf Club at Venetian Bay. Lucky Me is his first full-length book.

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Amazing! A book about a man who is ordinary but also extraordinary. Aren’t we all extraordinary? This is a book of a man who can be any man in our lives. He’s so very relatable but yet so extraordinary in the details. I commend him for putting it into words. Thank you Brian Ashley! Read more
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