Help Mom with the Dishes

Lessons from Life's Classroom

by Albert R. Koch



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/21/2006

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 378
ISBN : 9780595397884

About the Book

In the heart of Northwest Indiana's Calumet Region sits Whiting, Indiana. Born and raised in this "industrial Mayberry," author Albert R. Koch relives his experiences in this small town and beyond through this refreshing collection of essays.

Help Mom with the Dishes is a journey through Koch's life, featuring people, places, and extraordinary moments experienced by a not-so-ordinary guy. These episodes convey the wonder of youth, the potency of humor, the power of learning, and the poignancy of emotions. For Koch, what happens in the past provides direction for the future. One can decide to either live life looking in the rearview mirror or focus on what lies ahead. One can use life experiences to strengthen and grow, or be satisfied with a mediocre life. Early on, Koch's choice is to "Help Mom with the dishes."

Viewed through the parade of seasons, these distinctive, exceptional moments during Koch's continual quest for understanding and meaning are recalled with thoughtful, reflective insight-from classroom to factory, factory to campus, campus to classroom. Over that time, he's learned an important lesson: The triumph over sadness is not easy. It requires an unflinching belief in the goodness of people, a positive sense of humor, and perhaps, too, a little faith and reverence for things we cannot see.

About the Author

Albert R. Koch is a retired high school teacher and writer. His monthly column, “Koch’s Choice,” which chronicles his younger exploits, his experiences as an educator for more than 40 years, and his perspectives on a wide range of topics, has appeared in print since 1990. Born and raised in Whiting, Indiana (which he affectionately calls an industrial Mayberry), Koch proudly continues to make his home in the state’s Calumet Region with his wife.