Profile of Eileen McDargh, author of "Gifts from the Mountain: Simple Truths for Life's Complexities."
1. What is your BK book (or if more than one, which one are you most proud of)? What’s the gist of the book?
Gifts from the Mountain: Simple Truths for Life’s Complexities. Taking lessons from a difficult backpacking adventure, I have distilled simple, pithy wisdom that is timeless in its usefulness and depth. Original watercolor drawings spark every facing page. It also has three downloadable guides for leaders, coaches, or community members to help these groups dive deeper into meaningful dialogue based on each insight.
2. Tell us how you came to be a BK Author.
Beverly Kaye knew I was getting ready to self-publish and she suggested I send it first to Steve Piersanti. His response to my book brought tears of joy to my eyes. As a man who relishes the outdoors, Steve immediately resonated with each lesson. He said, “we’d proudly publish this book.” I have kept his letter in a memory box!
For years, I have admired the BK Publishing endeavor and had bought so many of the books. To be part of a community dedicated to make a “world that works for all” is an honor and resonates with my values.
3. How does the book fit into everything else you do?
Sadly, this book was positioned as a “gift” book. In fact, it was in that category that it won the Benjamin Franklin Gold Award. I say “sadly” because it was never intended to be a “gift” as much as a catalyst for deeper conversations—my fault in not pushing that forward. As for fitting into my work, the book underscores that teaching moments come from every place if we keep our eyes open and ask the questions. Anytime I can speak and use a metaphor as an example, audiences’ eyes light up and they get it. If a picture is worth 1000 words, a metaphor is worth 1000 pictures.
4. What motivates you these days?
As Kipling wrote, “to fill the unforgiving moment with 60 seconds worth of distance run.” I am determined to keep my mind, body and spirit strong, to find joy with my beloved family, and to constantly look for ways to serve what I see is my ACT III—in the language of the ancient Cochimi Indians of the Baja, Kuyima–“light in the darkness.”
5. What’s something the BK Author community probably doesn’t know about you?
I have a twin brother (which is why I am so short. Half of me just retired as a professor at Boston College); I have trekked portions of the western Indian Himalayan mountains and I have run over 30 Turkey Trot 10-Ks ☺.