Natural Setting Provides Forum for Philosophical Revelations; New Release by William Harger

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A poet takes on philosophy, speaking through the voice of a wise old toad, in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Dog Ear Publishing releases “Toad Talk: What Life and Stuff Is” by William Harger.

Old Toad reveals through the poems he thinks and the prose he speaks how simple life can be as well as its preciousness.

There’s a problem with the concept of “thinking out of the box." In fact, notes the author in the preface of this new book, it’s “well-nigh impossible because everything we know comes from the box.” Because people live in the “box” of a culture’s influence, “the box” teaches what and how to think. William Harger urges a less complicated, simpler way of thinking, using what he calls “toad talk” as a guide to an experience of philosophical rehabilitation and thinking more clearly.

“Toad Talk: What Life and Stuff Is” bills itself as a “neo-philosophical novella,” exploring philosophical concepts from the point of view of Old Toad, who lives in the reality of Nature. He awakes from a short doze to find himself surrounded by beings who want to hear his simple wisdom and his views on life and death. And listen they do, as Old Toad reveals through the poems he thinks and the prose he speaks how simple life can be as well as its preciousness.

His revelations reveal a potential cultural shift in thinking about reality and sacred beliefs in the world. For instance, in Old Toad’s view, if people feel negative, they have only “fallen out of step with the status quo of the joys one can feel by simply living life.” Negative feelings close people off to possibilities. “Life finds its joy in flowing through us,” he intones. “If we are closed, it will not even bother to try.” Touching on negativity, death, thought, truth, creativity, God and love, the book offers an intriguing approach to presenting philosophical topics.

Author William Harger has been an aeronautical engineer and an inventor for an IBM think tank and co-founded the National Environmental Education Development at Whiskeytown Lake, Calif., which has provided insights for fifth- and sixth-graders for more than 40 years. Harger, who has written six books of poetry, earned a master’s degree in social sciences at age 53 and taught for nearly 20 years at Northern California colleges. He lives “beyond the grid” on a 90-acre ranch that can be seen at
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Toad Talk: What Life and Stuff Is
William Harger
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-4575-1361-9            66 pages                 $10.95 US

Available at Ingram,, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.

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