In a career that has spanned forty years, Park Ranger and Paramedic Frank DiGianni has experienced life in a way few others can claim, and he did it on his own terms. His stories are adventurous, exciting, gritty, compelling and poignant. They also happen to be true and are written as they unfolded. “I didn’t just use my employment as a Ranger and Paramedic as a starting point or backdrop to these...
Paperback: 258 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 25, 2017)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
Amazon Rank: 1490751
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Frank DiGianni has been able to capture his own personal history in a beautifully well written - easy read, of 12 'true tales of travel, triumph, and tribulation. Frank has shared stories of his experiences as a park ranger throughout the United Sta...
hey were the very thing that put me in those situations in the first place.” This is not the usual type of a book that might be written by a Paramedic, or a Park Ranger. It is not the normal tales of heroism or rescue, and it is not about the routine and the ordinary. “I was more interested in recounting the unusual, the extraordinary and in some cases, the unbelievable experiences I have had. They all have numerous themes in common, as they revolve around my employment, my travels, or both. But more importantly there is a human interest in what I have experienced and what I have written.” “Whereas most people I knew and grew up around had begun to marry, start a family, and purchase a home shortly after graduating from college, I had no such plans. I would delay all this for almost three decades in pursuit of a life built around travel, adventure and excitement. The skill and experience I had gained from my chosen vocations would be my key to exploration, my ticket to the world. But my quest was far more than a hedonistic one; I also wanted to make a difference. Sure, I was fortunate to have been able to live and work in places most people could only dream about. But nobody was going to take me by the hand and show me the way; I needed to do that for myself. In forging my own path through life, I believe I did make a difference.” This is not a travel book; it's a sage observation on the merits of humility, friendships and traditions mixed into 12 accounts from his own experiences and real life adventures. He was born in the Bronx, New York, and later grew up in Spring Valley, New York learning about honesty, a respect for nature, courage, a sense of humor, and the understanding of what it means to be a humanitarian. Because he grew up spending his summers in the Catskill Mountains and resides there even now, Frank has a gift for recreating the atmosphere of the great outdoors. His training as a paramedic and rescue technician prepared him for a life of uncanny opportunities few could only dream of. Frank's life, as told while he works beside world renowned doctors, searches in the twisted metal of history changing events, and even while clinging to his own life on the edge of a cliff is all at once humorous and sobering. Frank's writing gives me the sense I am listening to a great story being told. He engages all my senses. I think that defines a great writer more than anything. He transports the reader into the story to share the experience with him. That's true writing. He has a smooth way of knowing how to write compelling, moving and entertaining prose. And so it is with the authentic characters who talk and generally live in Frank Di Gianni's evocative book. From fancy motorcycle helmet wearing hotel guards yelling in Swahili, to Indian reservation sudo-cops swindling him out of four bucks for a ramped up speeding ticket, to cross-eyed Macedonian border guards and even heartwarming characters like a found dog and a lost snake. What Frank sketches so clearly in Life Experienced! is closely related to what Frank holds dear: a passion for humankind, a deep appreciation for our beautiful earth and all it's creatures, and a willingness and determination to bring the life-saving tools of modern medicine to those who need them most. Reading about his triumphs and achievements, all while living his daily life is hard to put down. It is daring, absorbing and all true.