Marbles

By Bob Biederman

Frontiers of Mortality, the singular memoir by Robert Biederman, is a collection of 21 unforgettable and extravagantly diverse personal experiences.

Biederman examines life at inception, at death, and the many moral choices in between. His focus is on family relationships, their evolution and devolution as well as a few comic moments that reflect some of the absurdity in our judgment. What results is an uncompromising look at life’s hardest moments, narrated with warmth and humility.
Life can come unexpectedly and leave with unpredictably rapid endings. Many experiences seemingly bring you over the edge only to find the disappointment of survival.
A father lives the life of a recovering alcoholic enduring the memory of his own father’s suicide to come home to the news of his son’s suicide, committed with the guns the father had hidden under his bed: Enduring the first 12 hours.
A preteen watches his father’s ignoble life-threatening behavior during the sinking of a fishing boat. Survival embraces an adolescent’s introduction to alluring female breasts.
The land of Israel is seen through the eyes of a sabra with memories of every war fought, her participation and her current life below the Golan amongst her Arab neighbors. The Middle East is not what you’ve been told. The endless cycle of violence has a solution that she lives each day.

How did Harold Brown turn a $635M bankruptcy into a $1.4 Billion real estate empire. Harold survived the 3-year process. Thirty banks did not. How do you ‘get your mind right?”
What do you feel when you kill another person? What do you do? What does the world really do?
Experience three days in the Baja on an old Harley Shovelhead and 4 middle-aged bikers who frequently stop for cerveza and compare Lipitor doses. How does this trip compare to a condo board meeting. You’d be surprised.
Crohn’s Disease tests a family’s cohesiveness. And forms a young woman’s character.
50 Shades of Grey, the Arab Spring and condo living all have a common thread as seen from the typewriter of the nations leading condo columnist.
Teenage parenthood leads to a journey through Open Adoption and its unintended unpredictable consequences.
Infidelity is a quaint custom not unlike the Geneva Conventions. The consequences run parallel. Expediency defines political correctness. Today’s smiling truth trumps tomorrow’s sometimes easily avoidable consequences.
Are sexuality and intimacy one and the same? Two primal needs bring conflict and opportunity for resolution.
What would you do in each of these situations? What do you do? What do you expect? Certainly not to bear the responsibility of the consequences of your actions. Or do you? How often those consequences are escapable forms our morality. Will we really have to pay, or will the proverbial bus mercifully hit us?

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