"Making Tracks & Changing" - Poetry & Inspirational Stuff - has two parts to it. Half of this small book is dedicated to 10 poems written by George Czerny at different times in his life and dating back almost 50 years (yes, the author has a lot of grey hair!). In the second half of this book, Czerny provides inspirational suggestions for how a person can change her, or his, life for the better. Czerny stresses that he has no professional qualifications for making such suggestions; but -says he - provides his suggestions based on his life experiences. He was once a street kid who turned his life around. "Making Tracks & Changing" is one of the smallest books you will find and - at least in the author's eyes - one of the most meaningful. And yes, at one time in his life, the author did ride freight trains! The front cover photograph of this book was taken by the author on a railway track just north of Parry Sound, Ontario. The rear-cover photograph was taken on the day that the last steam train to visit Collingwood, Ontario, came to town. That photograph shows the front of steam engine number 6060 in juxtaposition with the stern of the freighter "Algoport" which was at the now-closed Collingwood Shipyards. That day was June 2, 1979.
Czerny's poetry ranges from the look-back-on-life "Realization" to the supportive "July 14" and his takes on "Trust" and "Life". Some of the poems you might find yourself re-reading, or taping to your fridge door.
Writer, photographer, retired journalist and newspaper publisher.
Collingwood, Ontario, Canada
George Czerny-Holownia has been writing for more than four decades under the name George Czerny. He spent almost 30 years in the newspaper business, starting as a reporter/photographer and then taking on any challenges thrown at him in a newsroom. He moved on from being managing editor of a daily newspaper to becoming the publisher and general manager of the then-weekly newspaper, The Enterprise-Bulletin in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada. A 14-year stint at the helm of this community newspaper put him in close proximity with small-town community life and the then-busy (but now closed) Collingwood Shipyards about which he has written. Mr. Czerny married Nancy in 1968. They live in Collingwood, Ontario. George and Nancy have two sons, Stephen and Douglas, and five grandchildren to whom The Collingwood Shipyards book is dedicated. George has published four books using the Blurb system and enjoys sailing in his spare time.