Here’s some commentary about the new book from fellow authors.

From Presentations Press


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Tom’s Poetry: From Back When to Right Now

PoemsSThis is a collection of poems I’ve written over several decades. Many have been published in anthologies, newspapers and magazines, and my own books. They address five different time periods and themes, starting with early days, e.g. “Growing up,” to “ Family and friends” to “The world we live in now.”. My poems cover a variety of topics and experiences: my youth, relationships, where I lived and hung out, our special San Diego natural worlds, and holidays. They’re all in the rhyming class and many are humorous.

An excerpt from the poem “Nature the Rejuvenator” reads:

In this busy world in which we partake,
Often it’s wise to take a long break,
Why not here in our San Diego world,
Where nature helps us to get unfurled?

From Tom “Many people have experienced memorable events in their lives that have triggered recollections that often keep coming back, and perhaps these poems will stir more personal memories.” When asked what he wants readers to take away from the book, he answers “Have fun and be stimulated about their own life qualities and pleasures.”

Tom is San Diego based and is a prolific writer, with books covering a variety of topics: nature, travel, business communication, Shakespeare, and even Santa’s Elves Christmas Adventures (with wife Leslie). He’s obviously a frequent rhymer and his poems have appeared in many books, magazines, and anthologies, among them The Guilded Pen (San Diego Writers & Editors Guild), Oasis Journal, Ageless Authors, Heart of the Holidays, Toastmasters Magazine, and his Indiana hometown paper, the Garrett Clipper.

Here’s some commentary about the new book from fellow authors.

Tom Leech’s poetry is a treasure trove of gentle recollections, back porch wisdom and sly humor. A gentle volume of poetry, filled with rhyming recollections, back porch wisdom and just plain fun.” Corey Lynn Fayman, award-winning author of the Rolly Waters Mystery series

“Tom Leech’s From Back When to Right Now is a glimpse of nostalgia, a wink to the future, and a feel-good dose of down-home humor that makes the puzzle pieces just click together. A very fine read, indeed. ”M. Lee Buompensiero, award-winning author of Sumerland

“This volume represents the distilled wisdom of a special poet, a friend of astronauts and rocket scientists, a soul overflowing with boundless curiosity. It’s the work of an adventurer with a keen gift of observation and a genius for context. He’s in awe of Shakespeare, seasoned with a pinch of Ogden Nash. Despite his world perspective, he’s a Norman Rockwell using verse instead of paint. He’s an American in Paris who still remembers the day that Harry Truman came to his Indiana hometown. And he’ll make you remember it, too.” Phil Oakley, Author of Telegraph and the Morello Family series of crime novels.



Who among us does not have personal experiences with those small but important little buildings that go by many names – outhouses, privies, porta-potties, johns, loos, cans, crappers, thrones, and many more? And who has not heard or shared their own funny tales about those adventures?


Never in my life did I realize there was so much to say about outhouses! From drunken damsels to a triad of escaped convicts to the outhouse adventures of Santa Claus, this book of poems is a delight. It transports the reader to another time and (odorous) place in a deluge of hysterical whimsy. I challenge you not to giggle.” Sondra Thiederman, Ph.D., Author of 3 Keys to Defeating Unconscious Bias: Watch, Think, Act



Amusing and true tales from Rosie-the-Riveters to Rocket Scientists at a Major Aerospace Company
(that company is San Diego’s General Dynamics, also known as Consolidated Aircraft, Convair, Astronautics and more)

When retired employees gather for frequent gatherings, the funny tales fly back and forth. Here we assemble a whole bunch of those stories from people employed over 8 decades at this one major U.S. aviation and aerospace company headquartered in San Diego, California. At various times over 45,000 employees worked for this firm. The many amusing stories here come from operations, products and locations throughout the U.S. and frequent overseas assignments. These jolly tales will stir readers’ humor buttons from their own work experiences, whether retired or currently employed. And needless to say, those with aviation, aerospace and defense ties will find many fun stories they’ll readily relate to.

“Fun on the Job brought back memories of life at the “Rocket Factory.” We raced towards building planes and the Space Age with serious intent, but not without truly amusing stories. This book is flavored with the dynamics of exciting times and, is a “missile with a payload” of great entertainment. Reading the anecdotes, one can almost feel the pulse of the aeronautical industry of those years. (I’m still smiling!).”Kay Quijada, 4+ decades at multiple GD assignments.

Beyond Tom’s two newest books, here’s info about his other books which enable you to:

  • Achieve greater communication success (with advice from Wm. Shakespeare),
  • Sharpen presentations capability, confidence and results,
  • Have fun with Santa’s curious elves, a fun poetic tale to read to the kids and grandkids over the holiday season.
  • Explore the amazing outdoors world of San Diego, California,
  • Experience the tumultuous world of 1968 with Tom’s around-the-world travel adventures that year

The Curious Adventures of Santa’s Wayward Elves “For some ho-ho-ho holiday cheer, share this illustrated delight from Tom and Leslie — master and mistress of Christmas NOW — while cuddling near the fireplace or under some mistletoe. Très Bon!” PJ Adams


Say it Like Shakespeare: The Bard’s Timeless Tips for Communication Success (2nd edition Presentations Press) – *2014 International Book Awards Winner in “Business Communications/Public Relations” category (USA Book News Best Book Awards, May 2014). “I was constantly amazed at how the Bard’s words applied so well to the business world. Tom’s 2nd edition highlights many of these in a vivid and valuable manner. A must read.” Alex Sandie, President/Founder of San Diego Shakespeare Society.


“On the Road in ’68: A Year of Turmoil, A Journey of Friendship captures me. I find the travelogue interesting and refreshing as it reminds me of the many advantages of being an American traveling in the ’60s and even a few later decades.”


“Outdoors San Diego: Hiking, Biking & Camping is one of the most complete, easy to read outdoor guides on the market…a ‘must-have’ book for the hiker, cyclist and camper.”

Tom Leech, an author and travel writer who wears many hats:

  • one of the nation’s leading presentations coaches and conference speakers
  • a long-time nature advocate and former outdoors editor
  • a well-traveled observer of culture, people and places around the world

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