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Living the Dream

Started this discussion. Last reply by Barry Coughlin Feb 8, 2011. 2 Replies

If you haven't had a chance to preview my book, Living the Dream, you can do so at Google books through a link on the home page of my website, You may leave feedback on my page…Read more →

End of Chapter One preview

Started Jun 1, 2010 0 Replies

William needed a vacation; some time in the woods usually did the trick. He cleared his schedule for two weeks to hike the River-to-River Trail in Southern Illinois. He had cancelled three previous…Read more →

Google books and Barry Coughlin's Book

Started this discussion. Last reply by Barry Coughlin Jun 1, 2010. 2 Replies

Google has a tracking feature that reports visits to sites that have my book for sale and where from. May has had visits from the US, UK, Italy, Portugal, the Netherlands, Ecuador and the…Read more →

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Surveyor turned author

Started this discussion. Last reply by ⚡Survenator⌁ Aug 22, 2015. 1 Reply

My name is Barry Coughlin.  I was a Professional Land Surveyor licensed in Florida and Illinois and President of Darrell E. Gerken, Professional Surveyors and Mappers in Sarasota, Florida. This is…Read more →


Barry Coughlin's Profile

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Surveyor Bio:
Sports, music, computers, movies, writing, history and politics

Date of ALS diagnosis:
June 11, 2001, 2:30PM, more or less

Tell us about your life before ALS:
Professional Land Surveyor licensed in Florida and Illinois. President of Darrell E. Gerken, professional surveyors and mappers in Sarasota, Florida. Loved to play golf and was an avid backpacker. Conservative in politics and a capitalist in business. Always concerned with appearances and the bottom line.

Tell us about your life with ALS:
Much more laid back, carefree, take the world as it comes one day at a time. I’m more social politically, economically and personally. I’m a better person.
ell us how ALS has brought new significance to any aspect of your life - family, attitude, hobbies/passions, career, etc.:
I have had the opportunity to spend more time with my family than I would have in 20 years. I see things differently, much clearer, as if the meaning for my life has been revealed. New hobbies and talents have been uncovered. I enjoy life, even mostly paralyzed after 6-plus years of ALS – more than ever. I’ve been given what I thought I already was – the awesome task of being a role model and inspiring people just by enjoying life.
Barry Coughlin
Saint Elmo, IL United States
I have experience with the following
Boundary retracement
How many years have you been surveying?
Most comfortable with the following types of instrumentation

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Living the Dream, a historical fiction novel

Posted on April 7, 2010 at 5:02pm 6 Comments

The thought of writing a book never entered my mind until this story came to me in a dream one night. I also wanted to show a little love for my friends and family through the characters in the book. Unfortunately, there aren't many books with a Land Surveyor as the protaganist. This was an opportunity to expose the public to our passion.

Although I've written thousands of land descriptions, it didn't make me a writer. I don't even read books! I am a vivid daydreamer which makes…

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At 9:39pm on November 21, 2010, Jaybird said…
Happy Birthday Barry!
At 5:59pm on June 20, 2010, Jaybird said…
facebook/twitter comments are now installed on your book page, Barry
At 5:48pm on May 11, 2010, ePalmetto said…
added a facebook ilike button for the time being, Justin is in the process of embedding facebook comments into the site...send your buddies to your page for them to like it...hope it helps..
At 6:17pm on May 10, 2010, ePalmetto said…
that's awesome Gary---congrats! does amazon have an embed code for the book? we should embed it on your page
At 7:07pm on April 26, 2010, AxeMen Site Prep said…
totally know what you mean has been hard to find projects but things are picking up..hoping for a big summer...
At 2:27pm on April 14, 2010, ePalmetto gave Barry Coughlin a gift
Great work on the book and all of your participation on the network...lets see if we can help get some of those sold!
At 4:12pm on April 13, 2010, James Bassett said…

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