Living the Dream
John Ford Sr.
John Ford Sr.
|North Country Press||
Follow along as John retraces the steps of his life’s journey while fulfilling that dream of so long ago, his story of pursuing and “Living the Dream” as a State of Maine Game Warden. Meet the many characters and enjoy some of the crazy antics that he had the opportunity to deal with over the 20 years of his great career, including many of the wild animals that he loved being around. Share in the humor and the many interesting scenarios of what life on the beat as a District Game Warden was really like.
These real-life incidents were recorded directly from his daily diaries. Diaries that he kept during his great career. He owes the fact that he kept those diaries to his mentor and stepfather, Retired Warden Vernon Walker.
John has been writing a monthly column for my publication, the Northwoods Sporting Journal, for many years now. His work is always humorous and fun. More than that, though, it is uplifting, just like John is as a person. Somewhere along the way, John and I became friends. His gift goes far beyond his commendable capacity to resurrect compelling stories from his old Warden diaries. His true gift is simply his outlook, the way he looks at life. To see other people and your own life through a prism that filters out the dark side of the human condition and sees the good and the funny side of life so often and so consistently is noteworthy – and this attribute lends itself to enjoyable books and heartwarming stories.
Congratulations on another wonderful book, my friend. Thanks for living the dream, and for sharing it with us all.
V. Paul Reynolds, Editor
Northwoods Sporting Journal
John came from the small York County town of Shapleigh, Maine, where his entire family was heavily involved in various forms of the law enforcement profession. In September of 1970, a childhood dream became a reality when John became the newest member of the Maine Warden Service, a position he held until his retirement in 1990.
Upon his retirement, John ran for political office and won as Waldo County's elected Sheriff, replacing his good friend, Sheriff Stanley Knox. John remained the County Sheriff for two terms, serving the county from 1991-1999.
John has previously written three books, Suddenly The Cider Didn't Taste So Good, This Cider Still Tastes Funny, and Deer Diaries. Living the Dream is John's fourth book.