Robert Peek grew up in Orange Park and spent 18 years gathering quotations from Socrates to Virgil to Anne Frank to Yoda with one single purpose: to provide a roadmap for his daughter’s life.As …
Robert Peek grew up in Orange Park and spent 18 years gathering quotations from Socrates to Virgil to Anne Frank to Yoda with one single purpose: to provide a roadmap for his daughter’s life.
As she approached graduation from Ponte Vedra High, he put those blogs into a book called, “Inside Peek: A loving father shares his wisdom” that he presented the book to his daughter, Alexandra, two months ago.
Peek sat down for an interview with Managing Editor Don Coble to talk about the book. Here’s that interview:
Why did you decide to write this book?
I did not start out with an intent to write a book. This really goes back to when my daughter was born. When my daughter was born and I held her for the first time, I had this overwhelming desire to impart to her whatever wisdom I had learned in the world. I wanted to instantly transfer this knowledge to her. I realized I wanted to protect her. But I knew while I could guide her, she would have to find her own way in the world. I decided to start an online blog of life’s lessons that I hoped she would read. That is the genesis of this. Over the years, people started finding my blog. Some of them were my friends. Some were my work friends. It was actually picked up by a couple of newspapers. They would run it as a column – one in Chicago. I was getting visitors to my blog from all over the United States, in fact from all over the world. People were leaving very positive comments. All along, my audience was one person, and that was my daughter. When she was early in high school, I decided then I would bundle the best of the blog posts into a book and present it to her at her high school graduation, which is what I did. The genesis of the book goes all the way back to the day she was born, the content, I should say, goes back to the day she was born. The idea to make it into a book started when she was a freshman in high school.
Did she have any idea that you were collecting years of blogs for a book?
I never told her about the book. I surprised her the day she graduated.
One of the chapters in the book is entitled: “Find Your Pelican of Tranquility.” You said when the stresses of everyday life threaten to overwhelm you, you find peace by remembering a pelican. Can you explain that post?
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