Dreams Need Feet - They’re no Good Stuck Between Your Ears

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Award winning author builds a three-ton house in the sky and chronicles the journey.

When Peter Lewis started dreaming of building a three-ton house in the sky he knew it was not only possible, it should be encouraged. He strongly believes in throwing out convention and following ones own dream.

Lewis grew up in a family where imagination, creativity, and industry were highly prized. His parents didn’t encourage him to think outside the box—they told him they weren’t sure there was a box. “This idea of pushing, learning, and experimenting, has stuck with me my entire life,” explains Lewis. “When I was little,” continues Lewis, “my mom said to me, ‘Dreams need feet, Peter. They’re no good stuck between your ears.” Lewis’ mother was implying that the “doing” part of dreaming is more important than the “thinking” part—they wanted results. The message that Lewis got from his parents was that it was okay if the dream was silly—as long as you got it done.

“People need to know that childhood never really has to end, and that being a grownup isn’t just about going to meetings and paying bills and shuttling kids to soccer practice and answering e-mails,” claims Lewis. “Although chronologically I was in my 40s when I built the treehouse, the whole time I felt like I was about twelve—and I had the time of my life.” For three years Lewis captured his dream becoming a reality with his camera and in a series of journals – a treehouse hung in the sky.

“Treehouse Chronicles” (ISBN0972030743, TMC Books, 2005) chronicles the successes and the time Lewis spent with his family and friends while he hung a treehouse in the sky. He writes about the land, the wildlife, and his cherished relationships with his friends. But most of all, he shares the steps he took to reach his dream – a 250 square foot, two-story, timber frame treehouse with spiral staircases, branch furniture, and a drawbridge. “Very early on,” Lewis laments, “as I was tinkering with design ideas for the treehouse, it occurred to me that this was going to be a series of mishaps that many people would find interesting. I’m always looking for the extraordinary in ordinary things, so writing a book about my little adventure of hanging a cottage in the sky was inevitable.”

Lewis, an award-winning writer and photographer, complements his vivid images in “Treehouse Chronicles” with illustrations by T.B.R. Walsh. The words and images are woven together to captivate and inspire one to follow their own dream.

Peter Lewis’ work has appears regularly in national magazines, as well as books and newspapers. He has won state and regional journalism awards and was named Photographer of the Year (twice) and runner-up Writer of the Year by the New Hampshire press Association. Lewis lives on an old farm with his wife Karen, and children Jeremiah and Amanda. In his spare time he is a dry fly fisherman who dreams of possibilities.


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