"Quakers sit in silence because they want to know something that words cannot tell them. They want to feel something or become aware of something that they can really make connection with. It is something fundamental to their life...but they are not normally aware of it."

— Rex Ambler, The Quaker Way: a rediscovery

The Path to Now: An Octogenarian's Account of Life and Travels in North Florida and the World

by Connie McBride (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2016)

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History is not dead, it lives on the Geiger farm. The Model T that Alfred Geiger’s father bought new in 1919 waits in the barn for the fall cane grinding when the fifth generation of Geigers will ride in it. The 2,000-egg kerosene incubator, hand-cranked dough mixer, and 90-year old cypress boats fill the sheep shed and chicken houses.

More than a biography, The Path to Now is a history book dating back to the Mayflower, centered around the lives of Al’s family, with stories told as he heard them around the dinner table. It includes personal memories of Alfred Geiger’s 85 years, from his relief work in Poland after World War II to farming the family land.

Al tells even the stories of events before his memory as if he were an eyewitness. His father conducted the 1910 census on his bicycle. Uncle Francis donated land worth a million dollars to the Boy Scouts, yet never owned a home or car.

Quakers and missionaries share his family tree with Civil War surgeons and conscientious objectors, while physicists and schizophrenics add flavor to the adventures.

Available through Amazon.com in Kindle, PaperBack and Audible formats.

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