Finding Purpose and Reinvention: The Journey of Calvin Barry Schwartz

Calvin Barry Schwartz’s life story is one of constant evolution and unwavering resilience. Graduating from Rutgers University College of Pharmacy just before 1970, Schwartz embarked on a twenty-five-year career in sales before transitioning into the realm of journalism, novel writing, and broadcasting.

His latest literary endeavor, the recently released second novel titled “There’s A Tortoise in My Hair; A Journey to Spirit,” (recipient of the prestigious Kirkus STAR), delves deep into the intricacies of human experience and the quest for meaning. The protagonist, Cameron Simmons, navigates a tumultuous journey haunted by the insults of his past and the uncertainties of his future.

From childhood trauma to the looming threat of the Vietnam War draft, failed relationships, and struggles with substance abuse, Cam’s life is marked by challenges that seem insurmountable. Yet, amidst the chaos, there is a glimmer of hope—a belief that every hardship serves a purpose, shaping his path toward spiritual awakening.

Schwartz’s novel masterfully captures the essence of the human condition, weaving together moments of anguish and hilarity with poignant detail. Through Cam’s journey, readers are invited to reflect on their own experiences of love, loss, and the enduring resilience of the human spirit.

Beyond his literary pursuits, Schwartz is deeply involved in various community initiatives and global endeavors. He served as a teacher in Career Explorations at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, in September 2019, and launched a series of YouTube global podcast interviews titled “Conversations with Calvin; We the Species” in September 2020. Focused on diversity of content, people, and careers, these interviews offer insights into the multifaceted nature of human existence.

Additionally, Schwartz played a pivotal role in forming the global group of environmentalists known as the ‘Climate Optimists,’ advocating for positive action in the face of environmental challenges.

At the heart of Schwartz’s journey is a commitment to reinvention and growth, even in the later stages of life. Married with grandchildren, he exemplifies the transformative power of embracing change and finding purpose beyond adversity.

“There’s A Tortoise in My Hair; A Journey to Spirit” is more than just a novel—it’s a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the enduring power of love. Through Cam’s story, Schwartz invites readers to embark on their own journey of self-discovery and spiritual awakening, reminding us that even in our darkest moments, there is always hope for redemption.

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