Adam Gordon Sachs – Author and Midlife Dude
Sirenian Publishing published my narrative nonfiction book, Don’t Knock, He’s Dead: A Longshot Candidate Gets Schooled in the Unseemly Underbelly of American Campaign Politics in 2016 (Amazon: http://amzn.to/2az9j4O) about my exhilarating and disillusioning 2014 campaign for Maryland state delegate in the dog-eat-dog, corrupt, narcissistic world of politics.
In 2015, Sirenian published my first novel, Three Yards and a Plate of Mullet(Amazon: http://amzn.to/1cYG5vP), about a young sportswriter covering an intense season of Florida high school football and uncovering a conspiracy masterminded by the dominant coach in town.
I am making a career transition from public relations to counseling (as a mental health therapist), completing my last year of graduate studies and second year of internship. I switched to PR after a first career as a journalist. My best job ever was my first job out of college, when I somehow found my way to a Gulf Coast city in Florida to be a sportswriter. It was the time of my life, but I didn’t fully realize it then. My experiences there provided the foundation for the novel Three Yards and a Plate of Mullet.
I had more good years in journalism, covering news in suburban Baltimore for The Baltimore Sun. But it was also there that I experienced my first encounter with the callousness of corporate America. I eventually jumped to public relations, like many journalists who seek another career path where their skills have value. I have worked for several nonprofits in health care, social services and education. I have been knocked out of jobs several times in downsizings.
After one layoff, I tried something new. I was accepted into a teaching residency program for a large urban school system. Despite best intentions, I didn’t last long in the jungles of city schools and faced with an all-in or out decision, fled back to the cushier world of PR and soon after ran for public office for the first time in 2006.
I was married at 30 to a college girlfriend, had a girl and boy by 35, and divorced at 42. I’m now 53, remarried, a suburban dad with a 20-year-old daughter and 18-year-old son, both college students. I’m more aware of my mortality, feeling the squeeze financially, and wanting to make the most of my healthy and productive years. Time no longer seems infinite. I have been pounding away part-time (until recently, when I left my job to make a full commitment) in my counseling graduate program for five years. It’s been a marathon journey I initially could barely imagine completing, but now I can see the finish line. I plan to write here about the challenges, joys, heartaches, thoughts, observations and adventures of a man at midlife.