Date Published: February 14, 2023
Publisher: MindStir Media
Do you ever wonder who you really are? Richard Cole was front page news a
few weeks after his birth in 1944, but this was something he never knew. He
did know he was adopted and he did wonder who he really was. But, as a young
adult, he wondered much more about finding success, a simple goal that
seemed so elusive.
He was 19 when he married his high school sweetheart and took off, full
speed, into the adult world. Harsh reality and his failure to focus on
long-term goals made his desire to succeed just an unlikely dream.
He finally took control of his life and made the climb up to a nice
middle-class life. Along with his wife, two really cute kids, and a new
suburban home, they were the picture of a perfect little family. Then the
dream evaporated and Richard’s life began a downward spiral that ended with
him alone and subsisting on food stamps and unemployment checks. But Richard
had met someone on his way down, someone who stuck with him during the bad
times. She gave him a reason to keep trying, and hope that things would get
This lighthearted autobiography takes you along on Richard’s quest to find
success in life and shares his discovery of the distant secrets that
surrounded who he really was.
“Find yourself getting stuck in a zigzag of life’s twists and turns,
unsure of where you’ll land? Richard Cole certainly has and Distant Secrets
maps out his journey through hardships and gains and everything in between.
He opens up to share his intimate world of experiences and the “moments
of stunning mental clarity” that have guided him along the
-J.J. Hebert, USA Today best-selling author
About the Author
Richard Cole held a wide variety of short-term jobs until his late
thirties. He finally settling down with Motorola as a computer systems
analyst and later a data center manager. During that period, he turned his
wild bird feeding hobby into a little business and went on to opened his
first Bird Watcher Supply Company store in 1988.
Richard’s wife, Nancy, operated the retail store and Richard
continued his corporate job, helped at the store part-time and worked to
perfect his special blends of wild bird feeds. He left the corporate world
in 1990 to open their second retail store.
The Bird Watcher stores grew to five locations and Cole’s Wild Bird
Products was formed to produce and distribute their bird feeds which now
attracts a national following. Richard and Nancy sold their retail stores
when Richard turned seventy. Cole’s Wild Bird Products is still owned
and operated by the Cole family.