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December 02, 2016
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They call him Mr. Love

Tim Shera, right, wears his sign on Main Street in Jeffersonville, NY, engaging folks on the street.

That notebook became Shera’s self-published booklet, “The Heartland Security Handbook,” a modest 20-page colorful compendium of anecdotes on his experience sharing the love. “This journey has changed me,” Shera, age 78, admitted. “I didn’t do this to make money and in fact, am in the process of finding organizations dedicated to the same spirit, groups which I plan to donate to,” he said. “I had plenty of help along the way.” Those acknowledgments can be found in the book, crediting those who helped with graphics, photos and most importantly “all who have responded so lovingly” in return. Much to his surprise, his experiences have changed him. “Those three words are magical,” he said. “I’ve become more loving myself, more open, more vulnerable and even more spontaneous. It’s glorious.”

“Recently, I have watched the faces of friends as they read the handbook for the first time,” he shared. “It makes them smile and giggle all the way through. I’m so pleased with the words and love exchanged in this ongoing project, as this was my intention. I wanted the valves in people’s hearts to open and the handbook does just that.” In addition to the print version, which is sold locally at the Sunflower Health Food Store in Liberty, NY, “Heartland Security” is also available through Amazon (www.amazon.com/Heartland-Security-Handbook-Tim-Shera) and an electronic version can be purchased for those with a Kindle reader. As an extension of his project, a website has been set up (www.worldwidelovein.org) where visitors can leave their own love notes. To get a preview of the handbook,” visit www.youtube.com and type in “Tim Shera.” Anyone wishing to contact the author can email him at timmyheartland@gmail.com.

“The whole intention behind the booklet is to help love move throughout the world,” Shera said. “Any money accrued will be returned to the world by backing individuals and organizations that are fostering love.” In closing, Shera quoted John Lennon’s “Imagine” and recited, “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. And if someday you choose to join us, the world will live as one.”