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By Stuart Greenbaum

Humble Sky is a story for all of us who look skyward and wonder about the mysterious great beyond. Two such uninhibited minds — Henry Bakersfeld, an ingenious old man living with dementia, and Sherman, a curious young boy living in the Bronx — not only imagine the “infinite” blue yonder but together ultimately discover just how far outer space really goes.

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The characters are beautifully rendered, and the story unfolds with great wit and pathos.

Carla Gardini, Executive Producer, “The Hundred-Foot Journey" and numerous other films and TV show with “coming of age” themes

This is a wonderfully thought-provoking, sobering tale that offers plenty of space for interpretation. I was engrossed with every shift of focus and subplot -- from authentic to surreal.

James M. Berklan, Executive Editor, McKnight’s Long-term Care News, a leading national source of information on healthy aging

Thanks for Humble Sky. I enjoyed reading it. Decades ago I collected data testing whether senility (as it was then called) was a mindful response to an overly routinized environment and thus biologically advantageous even though socially maladaptive. I found that those who were labeled “senile” live 6-10 years longer than those without the label. I’m attempting to replicate it now. … Henry would have known that. Stay well/safe. Mindfully yours, Ellen Langer.

Ellen Langer, Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, referred to as the “Mother of Mindfulness,” and author of more than a dozen books including Mindfulness and Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility

Such an engaging story. I had a thousand tasks to complete but had to keep reading. I savored every page, from the beginning to the end. The suspense! Loved it, truly.

Juli Thompson, Teacher, Folsom, California

Humble Sky is head spinning … so much creative information. You are an artist, a painter with words; and make the reader both imagine and see what you are describing. And well done, too, helping us better understand whatever it may be that goes on inside the mind of a person with dementia. A great work of art.

Joaquin Anguera, Ph.D., retired Professor of Gerontology at San Diego State University, appointee to the California Commission on Aging, and past coordinator of San Diego’s annual Coming of Age Film Festival

Well done. You wove a great deal into a relatively short read and kept me on my toes throughout. “I mean, how are we supposed to know … if we don’t know, what we don’t know.” As an inveterate seeker of knowledge myself, that line spoke volumes to me. A Whitman Sampler for the insatiably curious.

Richard Bartlett, “Inveterate Seeker of Knowledge”
About the author:

Stuart Greenbaum tries to always see the big-picture. A public relations counselor by profession, he has devoted decades to attempting to understand and influence public attitudes and actions on health, education, environment, safety and longevity. He is the author/editor of multiple books (Longevity Rules, Media Takes: On Aging, Before the Age Boom Goes, Educated Public Relations and Set Straight on Bullies, among others), journals, articles and the culture blog Humble Sky (, all of which explore unique perspectives on things — big and small. He lives in Sacramento, California.


McKnight’s Long-term Care News: “A wonderful ‘Humble’ universe for trying days”

California Assisted Living Association News & Views: “Discovering Space in the Uninhibited Mind”

LeadingAge California Engage Magazine Headlines: “Humble Sky: Exploring The Big Questions”

Carmichael Times: “Humble Sky Lets Your Imagination Run Wild”

Generations Beat Online: “A Wonderful ‘Humble’ Universe …”


Genre: Fiction (novella)
Cover: Paperback (embossed with fold-over flaps)
Pages: 76
Format: 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 in
Published: 2021


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