Author Higley to speak at library dedication
by Mary Le Arneal
Author Jim Higley is coming home. Born to Bob and Betty Higley while they were living in North Bend, he has fond memories of the hometown he moved from when he was three years old.
Thanks to his parents good friends, the von Reins, Grangers, Johnsons, Wolfs and Gaughens, the Higley family remained connected to North Bend, visiting frequently while living in Fremont. He remembers with delight eating at the Corner Cafe.
The youngest of five boys, Higley is now a writer. After diagnosis with prostate cancer at the age of 44, he left corporate America and became a full time stay-at-home dad to his three children, now 22, 19, and 16-years old. That has remained his priority, with writing his side line.
Higley writes print and online columns for the Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune’s TribLocal, and The Good Men Project, and has a weekly radio show, Bobblehead Dad. He is also a contributor to NBC Universal iVillage as one of their first “dad” iVoices.
Higley’s award-winning book, Bobblehead Dad: 25 Life Lessons I Forgot I Knew, shares nuggets of wisdom and inspiration from his journey through cancer, fatherhood, and the rediscovery of several forgotten life lessons.
The book is all about the discovery of the illuminating parallels that connect the past to the present, Higley said. “It’s a reminder of the importance in finding the stories waiting for us every day.”
The book is a winning finalist of an International Book Award and is ranked as a “Top Ten Motivational Book” by Amazon Kindle.
Higley also holds the title of “World’s Greatest Dad” won through a national competition in an on-line men’s magazine, Man of the House.
“It’s official,” Higley said. “But my kids are contesting it!”
Higley will be speaking at the North Bend Library Dedication Ceremony on June 23 at 4 p.m. His book will be available for sale at the special price of $10 each.
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