Catching up

Posted by on November 22, 2011

We have experienced an overwhelming response to the release of In A Fisherman’s Language, and we are working very hard to get orders filled just as quickly as possible. We thank each and every one of you for your enthusiastic support. We will respond to all of your emails and comments as soon as possible.

Again, we are very touched by all of your kind words and thoughts. Please keep in touch with us, as we begin a new journey to provide you with resources and more stories from Captain James Henry.

25 Responses to Catching up

  1. Deanna Brightwell

    I just wanted to say thank you for reminding all of us are still valid as we age. I have my grandmother living with me, she’s 99 and 1/2. I marvel at her ability to want to connect, to find the humor and good in people, and to display a little of her sassy nature that helped her to get to 99. The rest of us are humbled by your efforts to learn something so challenging and to be open and willing to share of yourself. I just want you to know there are at least 2 of us in Illinois that are waiting for your next adventure. Congratulations and we share in your happiness! Many blessings to you and your family!

  2. Patricia

    I absolutely LOVED hearing your story on the news online tonight. Thank you for inspiring others to accomplish their goals. Thank you for making me smile really big tonight! It is awesome to hear of your accomplishment. I cannot wait to get your book! May God bless you for many more years to come!

  3. Robert M. Henry

    Dear Uncle Jimmy,

    Now that I’ve read a transcript of the letter that took so very long for you to write to me, I sincerely want to say: “you are welcome”, and of course, “call anytime”.

    If I have been some small source of inspiration for you, you already know that you have been an inspiration to me from the first day my parents took that long drive to Stonington to introduce me to you, my Aunt Jean and my cousins, Sandra and Noreen, and my Aunt Rose, Uncle Joe, and my other cousins Joey and Richard.

    My earliest and fondest memories of my childhood are with all of you aboard the “Noranda”, being part of the Blessing of the Fleet. From these short voyages, sprang my eternal love for the sights and sounds and of the ocean. For this I now, “thank you”.

    As the years flew by, our yearly pilgrimages to Stonington as a family grew less and less, until they ceased completely. On occasion, I would visit by myself, seeking your advice on any number of issues, and always you ended each “lesson” with humor and your laugh, so genuine and boisterous, resounds in my ears even today.

    I remember the very last time I saw you, when I brought my father down for a short visit, when on his way to the bathroom, he said he was going to “visit Uncle John” and you remarked: Christ Joe, he’s been dead for 40 years!” and then you and I laughed together. It was during that visit that we discussed your “problem” and I vowed to send you all of the early educational material I had, and later, when I called to see if that package had arrived, I thought to challenge you, fully expecting you to succeed, ending with the “don’t call, write me a letter”- never expecting that it would take the form it has, although to be honest, I was informed of the book’s progress from the very beginning.

    You have no idea how wonderful it was to hear your laugh, now three times this past week, once on the telephone, and twice while listening to video posted on this web site, and I look forward to hearing it again on the 9th of December. Yes, Uncle Jimmy, I will be there for that “book signing”. I am very proud of you as I know from experience, that writing a book is a million times more difficult than signing a dedication page. That you have overcome both of these challenges, inspires me all the more.


  4. Sara W

    This is such a fabulous story. I hope to get a copy of your book, soon. I am a retired truck driver and often thought of writing about my travels with my significant other. Maybe now I can start working on it. You are truly an inspiration.

  5. Anonymous

    Mr. Henry, you are an incredible inspiration to every budding writer and your story is a lesson for us all. Thank you for lighting the way and showing the world what is possible. (

  6. Anonymous

    I have been asked to read to an elementary school in January as part of a literacy event, and could not have found a better book to read to the kids! I can’t wait! I am so happy for you! Patti Shea, morning radio host, Alberta, Canada

  7. Jessica E.

    Sending congratulations from Berkeley, California! Thank you for continuing to inspire people at all ages to pursue all that life has to offer. I look forward to reading your book!

  8. EmilyJ

    As soon as I saw your story on CNN I knew I had to buy this book for my Dad. I always try to find inspirational books that I know he will enjoy and this one touched me in a way that no other has.

    I look forward to giving “In a Fisherman’s Language” to him Christmas morning.



  9. alicia

    hi pop,of course i’m excited to see you finally make it to the top of a very hi mountain which at times I wasn’t sure was going to be have given myself and my own two children some truelly valuable life lessons and life experience that many people never get the chance to see or feel.when it comes to work I have learned the most from you.You always taught me how to work hard and do the very best Ican do no matter what the job.After all,how many woman can get thrown into an all male construction team and not only survive it but hold their own weight.I’m so proud to have not been treated like a man or a woman,rather to have been given the opportunity to learn some very valuable tools and confidence in the carpentry trade from you.Wether I’m mixing cement or gutting out my kitchen the minute my husband walks out the door for work,I do it my best and I do it with confidence.Thanks pop,I love you,Alicia

  10. kristin genest

    dear uncle jimmy
    i don’t know if you will remember me but i’m your nephew joe’s granddaughter kristin my mom is joann. i am so sorry that vovo was not here to be able to live to see the day that you wrote a book i am very proud to be related to someone who overcame a life long secret that no one knew about. i remember when grampy and baba took me to see you and aunt jean and aunt rose in stonington and you took my brother joe and i on your lobster boat i hope that you remember me and i miss you very much it’s been a long time that i’ve seen you but i will always remember you as long as i live i love you
    your great great niece kristin

  11. Jeanne Kerns Dorton

    Dear Captain Jim,

    I was deeply touched by your story….I have purchased your book for my son who is an avid fisherman and interestingly an English teacher….I can hardly wait for it to arrive,because of course I want to read it first myself….you have inspired me greatly,I was in a near fatal accident 2yrs ago,(I fell from a boardwalk at the ocean-over 30ft.)-my life has been in the balances a number of times since then….I have permanent injuries and disabilities that nearly caused me to give up….I am doing much better with acceptance and grateful to still be alive…..and I want you to know how deeply grateful I am to have heard your amazing story of determination and grit….thankyou,Jeanne Kerns-Dorton

  12. Michael Di Pippo

    Hi Mr. Henry,

    I was so touched to see your story featured online that I just HAD to purchase your book. I am so happy that you have overcome the challenge that so many have not yet achieved. It is evident that it’s never too late. I received my copy of the book & as soon as I am done with the Christmas rush & sending out my inventions all over the world, I will sit down & read your book! I spoke to your Granddaughter Marlisa & she gave me the address to send you 1 of my miniature pen fishing rods & reels & my other invention floating pliers. I hope you hold them near & dear to your heart, as I will do the same with your book. Many Blessings & let me know when you get it. If anyone else is interested in my inventions you can check them out at ‘World’s smallest Fishing Rods & Reels” or ‘Fishing Pliers that actually float’.. :)

  13. Lucia C Thomashefski

    How do I get a copy of this fabulous book sent to Ann Arbor, MI?

  14. Carol

    I’ve been mesmerized by this story, and I see a lot of information on your site but I’ve yet to find where I can buy the book. Can you please point me to the link? Thank you.

  15. Susan

    Isaw your article in the AARP Bulletin and I just ordered your book. I am looking forward to reading it. Susan

  16. Anonymous


    Learning to read is a way of opening up the world..and writing a book of your experiences is yet another wonderful achievement!

    As a teacher of third grade students for 30 years, I must say that it is the greatest thing a person can do for his own fulfillment..and I think you have found that so.

    Live long, be healthy, and keep on reading ..and WRITING!

    Mrs. Cerelle Bolon
    Phoenix, AZ

  17. Mary Huber

    James’s story put tears in my eyes. As a freelance writer and editor, I know firsthand how difficult writing can be. When people say to me, “Your writing just flows so easily,” I want to pinch them!

    Through Literacy Volunteers of America, I helped some good folks learn how to read and write. It was years ago; I haven’t been in that arena in quite a while, but James has now inspired me to resume that very worthwhile volunteer work.
    Many people who read In a Fisherman’s Language will probably now become Literacy Volunteers. So, you see, James, how much your story is helping others! There will probably be gazillions of people who will now learn how to read because of your giant accomplishment. And isn’t helping others what life is all about?

    Congratulations to you, James, on your incredibly significant achievement. The bright flame of your candle is now fueling other folks’ burning desire to read and write. I join thousands of your fans in saluting you!

    Mary Huber

  18. victor garatea

    would like to purchase this book… Barnes and noble does not know about you and amazon only offers the kindle version…

  19. Jess E. Weiss

    A Soldier’s War & Post War Memoir: Warrior to Spiritual Warrior.

    Jess E. Weiss

    As a multi-decorated combat rifleman in World War II; I served with the First Division (The Big Red One). I fought in North Africa, the invasions of Sicily and Normandy (Second wave-Omaha Beach-D-Day June 6, 1944), and on through France, Belgium and Germany. On the Siegfried Line just outside of Aachen, Germany, I was severely wounded protecting the recapture of a German concrete pillbox.

    I am the recipient of the following Medals: Silver Battle Star, Two Bronze Stars, Purple Heart, New York State Conspicuous Service Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Rifleman’s Badge and varies other medals.

    In May 1994, with the coming of the Fiftieth Anniversary of D-Day, I wrote an article for the Normandy D-Day Foundation in Washington, DC: “Staff Sgt. Herbert Siegel, Where Are You?” The National Broadcasting System (NBC) responded and wanted to send me back to Omaha Beach, which I had no intention of doing. They continued to hound me until I said: “If you find my foxhole buddy Herb, I will consider your offer.” I assumed Herb had passed on being in his Eighties. NBC called every Herb Siegel in the USA and found him living in Florida. NBC, sent us back to Omaha Beach and taped my D-Day experience on their NOW program with Tom Brokaw and Katie Couric, on June 6, 1994. The story became international in newspapers world wide.

    It was not my multiple shrapnel wounds, but my front-line combat experience in five major campaigns that created a debilitating psychological lifelong struggle to come to terms with the haunting horrors of war. You are scared all the time; pretending you’re not, and the invisible side effects of recurring nightmares, flashbacks, depression and fearful concern about the future. How do I, just a High School grauate when drafted with four plus years of Army service and now disabled; make a living to support a family? The inability to mentally let go and not being able to talk about death and dying because of being a witness to soldiers, women and children and animals slaughtered by the numbers. The mind’s RX becomes … Shut your mouth! Clam up! Silence!

    In WW II, it was called “Shell Shock,” or “Battle Fatigue,” and “Cowardice” by General Patton, and was not considered a war service connected disability. In Iraq and Afghanistan, suicide is at its highest level. Today, diagnosed seriously as Post Traumatic Syndrome Disability (PTSD), the Purple Heart medal is being considered for this front-line combat mental disability. But, the Veterans Administration (VA) refuses to recognize it as a military service connected disability.

    One year after my medical discharge from the Army, the day my son was born I wrote my obituary. The thought of him in the future being subjected to what I endured, I contemplated suicide. In desperation I found myself in bookstores, searching for literature for answers to what stripped away whatever faith I had that there ever was a God?

    My traditional search for God through metaphysics was the beginning, but the way that took hold was the way of the mystics. Mysticism is not institutional religion; it is theology without orthodox ritualism. A book The Infinite Way, by Joel Goldsmith, reached out to me and it turned my soul’s spiritual propeller. At a moment in time, a still small voice within uttered: “Write a book, study the Bible verse Hebrews 2:15,” which reads: “Deliver them who through fear of death were their entire lifetime subject to bondage.”

    The book, THE VESTIBULE, was” The Original Groundbreaking Chronicle of Near-Death Experiences.” This book gave me comfort and a purpose for living, and I began to write, reason, and meditate on mystical theology. I found myself studying Oriental and Occidental Fourth Dimensional Divine Theology.

    I am the author of, The Adam & Eve Fantasy/A Religious, Mystical and Scientific Approach to Knowledge of God, Overcoming The Fear Of Death And Dying/A Sense of Life That Knows No Death (An edition was published in Braille). The Soldier’s Journey Into Mysticism, and now Warrior to Spiritual Warrior/The Soldier’s Journey.

    Today, 96 years/young, how impoverished life would have been was I unable to transcend PTSD and write on such transcendental subjects. My life would be empty, and my human existence would have had no real significance.

    Website: –To order book, or the Kindle edition, click this link on the Home page of the above website.




  20. Roy Rice

    I ordered and paid for my book on 3/27/12. It has been a month and still no book. My patience has run out.
    I would like to get my refund in full.
    PLease submit my credit to my credit card company at once.
    If you have any questions you can contact me at

    ( 937 325 0844 )

    Roy Rice

    • Barb McLaughlin

      I also ordered and paid for my book in March and still don’t have it. I’ve emailed the family 3 times and was told there were printing problems and it would be out early June. It’s July 26th and I’m still waiting, with no response to my last two emails. I see the books available on amazon and in stores so obviously the print issue has been overcome. I am really disappointed and not sure what my options are. Sad that something that seemed to be such a heartwarming story has turned out to be something that was actually based on greed.

      • Maxine

        Dear Barb,
        We apologize for our delays and absence from the site. We changed printers and ran into delays which we are presently overcoming. One delay being a blessing with a new baby in our family. The book is sold out and has been sold out and is only available as a Kindle book on amazon. Greed is not the source of our delays, we have struggled with lack of manpower and organization and will get your book to you by the turn of the month. Thanks for being so patient and kind about the disappointment. Again, we are sorry. The Fisherman’s Language crew.

  21. Robert M. Henry

    To those of you who have actually taken the time to comment, and to those of you who felt dismayed by not receiving my Granduncle’s book in a timely fashion, I wish, once again, to add my two cents.

    I have been “in the know” of Uncle Jimmy’s progress since he first picked up a pencil and began to copy the letters of the alphabet, leading up to the publication of his “memories” that so many of you enjoy and praise. His hand-written letter to me can be seen on the last page of the book. I am very aware of the problems my three much younger “family members” encountered as they learned about the publishing business as willing, yet very naive, participants.

    Put yourself in their shoes for a moment. Two sisters, very different in character, took on the task of distributing their Grandfather’s book. Neither had any real professional experience in dealing with editors, graphic artists, printers, nor with advertising. Unbeknownst to them, they had a product which took off like a “tsunami”, and forced them quickly to learn how to contract a publisher, organize public appearances for Uncle Jimmy, to write press releases informing the general public not only about the book and the author, but also concerning the many distinguished dignitaries who supported and admired Uncle Jimmy’s journey to literacy, and to set up this web site – which in all accounts is very well done. Then, they accepted Uncle Jimmy’s decision to enlighten children in the “Port to Port Literacy Program” which further burdened them with their need to be educated in the production and distribution of t-shirts, coffee mugs, etc. and additionally tracking the book’s progress as it traversed the nation. Then they prepared an eBook version, easily downloadable. Add to that, the huge amount of personal correspondences demanding their attention, and of course, balancing all this with their own family activities.

    These two sisters, my Grandnieces, Alicia and Marlisa, and now my Greatgrandniece Maxine, are, (or more accurately WERE) “fish out of water” so to speak, when confronted by the volume of requests and requirements large publishing houses with hundreds of employees handle on a daily basis to promote a single book. Nothing in their past achievements nor formal education prepared them to instantaneously become “Literary Agents”, “Art Directors”, “Media Specialists”, “Journalists”, or even “Technology Integrators”. Prior to this “tsunami”, their own computer skills were elemental at best. They had one goal: Tell Uncle Jimmy’s story to as many people as are interested.

    Obviously, there have been unintentional lapses, innocent miscalculations, but for anyone to infer that their motivation has been dishonest, that they intend to “rip off” (a phrase from my youth) any single person wishing to share Uncle Jimmy’s book is a disservice not only to these three women, but to him as well.

    No one reading this rather long expression has “walked a mile in their moccasins”. I, however, have done so, and continue to do so to this day. As an author, as a media specialist, as an art director, as an artist, and as a technology integrator, I daily juggle with the demands and frustrations of the print media and electronic publishing business. That these three women have done so very well, in such an extremely short time, is worthy of praise, and certainly not of distrust.

    Be patient, but also know that Alicia and Marlisa and Maxine are guided by Uncle Jimmy’s long established saying: “If I say I’ll do something, then by God, I will do it!” I am reminded of the SEABEE creed: “the Difficult we do at once, the Impossible takes a little longer”. Again, be patient, please. “In a Fisherman’s Language” took 96 years to come to fruition, and the promotional and distribution facets faced by these three women when the book first appeared was no less of a challenge.

    Robert M. Henry

  22. Robert M. Henry

    Correction: Since Uncle Jimmy is my Granduncle, Alicia and Marlisa’s mother is my Grand-cousin, which makes them my Great-grand-cousins (if there is such a relation) and Maxine would be my Great-great-grandcousin. Sorry for the confusion… I will admit to a “Senior moment”.

    • Fisherman's granddaughters

      Thanks so much Robert. We felt so bad about our difficulties that we couldn’t find the words… is much better to have someone who has witnessed our progression reflect our situation than if we were to try and explain it ourselves. It is never enjoyable to let anyone down! Onward and upward!!!

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