How Ronald Reagan Nearly Ruined My Life

– A Memoir –


Available on in paperback or Kindle.

Five star review: “Barbara McVeigh bares it all in her memoir and takes us on a fascinating journey of discovery where she uncovers hard truths. Her story is an inspiration to us all.


“My father is a federal criminal, my father is my hero,” Barbara McVeigh writes in her memoir Redemption, How Ronald Reagan Nearly Ruined My Life. Reagan fired her father for a union strike in 1981 leading him and 11,500 other families into years of strife. She lost her dream to be an oceanographer and her guitar lessons as her family struggled emotionally and financially. She blamed her father for not placing family first. Years later she takes up sailing, her late great uncle’s passion, who had been her best friend. Then bitter truths emerge about the ocean’s health and her fourteen year marriage. Against all odds, Barbara takes the helm of her life and makes a passionate project reclaiming her childhood dreams resulting in two first time films that go international with the most important oceanographer and Brazilian guitarist of our time. Then she confronts the dark shadows of Reagan’s energy and environmental policies revealing horrific truths about America’s “Hero of the Republican Party. Her father is not the federal criminal. Her father is her hero. Barbara has a new dream now and the spirits are guiding her, as they had been all along.


Shattered Glass Under the Desert Sun

– A Novella –

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It took the turmoil of Chinese anarchy, an earthquake, and the fall of the Berlin Wall for my mama to grow up. It was 1989, the year I became a teenager, so you can say we were growing up together. But, the growing pains were tough, especially when you’re in the middle of nowhere, along a highway, where everyone else seems to have a better place to go.”

Shattered Glass Under the Desert Sky told through the eyes of Suzy, a 12 year old girl being raised by Mama Betty and Mac, a Vietnam Vet, who runs a burger joint, “the best burger joint in the world,” along a highway, in the middle of Nevada which draws many regulars whom Suzy has known since she was a baby. Mama seeks to find a good daddy for Suzy and live a good life until she and Suzy discover that fairy tales and the myth of the American dream life are as fragile as glass. Yet once the glass breaks, beautiful truths break free too releasing pure freedom.


Pop! Crack! Explode! A Tale of Stones and Seeds

 – A Children’s Book

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I’m so happy to finally share this little tale about a bully rock and sensitive seed that could surely sum up the state of our country!

The story not only carries an environmental story, but also shares the idea that there is a place for everyone – let’s stop competing and start celebrating!

One of my local Marin County heroes in David Herlocker who worked with Marin County Open Space. He is directly responsible for cultivating a new generation of environmental stewards. He writes some words of inspiration. Thank you, David! You set the standard for passion, compassion and stewardship. David retired in 2018.