You’re pulled into Second Age and the author's travels and adventures in the early 1930’s during the Great Depression. He wrote simply and directly, from the heart, in a warm and personal manner that you enjoy reading.
You live his adventures when he was a student and as a young man. He and a poet friend floated part way down the Mississippi in a shanty boat, with adventures, challenges, and good and bad times along the way. After they reached LaCrosse, Wisconsin, and his Mississippi journey ended, he travelled west to San Francisco, where he found work as a bellboy aboard the President Coolidge and traveled to cities and ports in Japan, China, the Philippines, and more.
Second Age evokes a time of simpler living and of firm and kind values. You experience a joy and a depth in what life has to offer and in what it has to teach. There is a place in each of us that needs to know the importance of appreciating what you have in your life.
He re-lived these times while he was writing about them when he was in his late 80's. He re-experienced places and actually felt how they were. He felt love, happiness, and fear, he knew smells and tastes all over again, and he felt sunlight, storms, cold and damp.
We often forget how to enjoy the simple necessities of life. Second Age takes us to a time when eating oatmeal and raisins, having a warm place to be, hearing red-winged blackbirds calling, meeting new people, and seeing new places are enough to deeply touch the heart, mind, and soul.