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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Shaping My Hat - Jake Billingsley

Shaping My Hat.

By Jack Billingsley. Plano: WordWare Pub., distributed also by author, 2005. 165pp. $15.95. pbk. ISBN 1-59822-006-3.

Jake, of Tyler, Texarkana, and McKinney, writes a column for the Sherman Democrat, speaks to groups, guides big game hunters, and swims – according to the blurb. He was on CBS’ “Survivor: Thailand” at age 60. By telephone relates he is busy shooting commercials for real estate companies right now. My goodness! He tells us how to live better, happier lives. His 12 chapters are initiated with quotations from world figures. Readers will follow his life and world adventures; often interspersed with jovial entries. His loves, his lost encounters, and his business life parade before the reader. His emotions and personal development are open, sometimes dramatically. Billingsley’s photo shows a “rugged individual” with cowboy trappings and a well-shaped hat.

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