Why did I write this book? Why am I being so open?

For the last 30 years, I have been very open and honest with my friends - especially sitting in the cockpit of my boat in the early mornings in the Caribbean with buddies.

I found as I share and talk about personal stories of my life; they reciprocate and find it a very healing process. With that in mind and wanting to leave a legacy for my children, I decided to take on this project. It has taken me over two years and what began as a legacy project; I believe has developed into a book that may attract a larger audience.

In doing research on other books, we have not found a personal autobiography on feelings especially eating disorders by a male. This one is a first.

I have found that society is changing. We are becoming more open. We are not living a lie. For years families have been keeping secrets -- looking good on the outside, but perhaps not so good on the inside. Secrets keep us sick and secrets keep us unhealthy. I wanted to change that.

I found that writing an autobiography is like climbing a mountain - however, writing a personal autobiography is like climbing the Himalayas.

I'm also working to develop an eating disorder clinic at The Retreat in Wayzata. It is a program I would partially fund through the Burt Nordstrand family foundation and perhaps I can use the launch of this book as a promotion for that project. It also developed into a project that I hope can be helpful to other people. With all of that in mind, I have taken the risk to tell a very personal story."