Paul Lipton

Paul R. Lipton, Hour of the Wolf: An Experiment in Ageless Living
(Mulberry Harbor Press, 2013)

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No day is ever wasted that can be lived consciously and to the full.

2 A.M. The hour of the wolf. You wake up filled with regrets, and haunted by dashed dreams, wondering what went wrong.

For Paul Lipton, a successful lawyer in his sixties, his mind’s howling in the darkness reminded him that time was slipping away. Perhaps partly because both his parents had died when they were young, and because he had already experienced his own severe health crisis, he wanted to be sure to live each day to the fullest. He decided he would start viewing each day afresh and in the now as a do-over, each night dying and each morning being reborn. His philosophy was to say, “I am me today,” and ask, “How do I choose to live in the now?”

His solution to these sleepless nights became an adventure, and an experiment in ageless living.

To silence the howls of the wolf, Lipton took off in the footsteps of his fictional hero, Larry Darrell in W. Somerset Maugham’s novel The Razor’s Edge. His journey took him first to the Himalayas. He then continued his external and internal travels that included crossing the ice fields of Mont Blanc, a shamanic retreat at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, and motorcycle adventures across Florida’s Alligator Alley, the Rocky Mountains, and the back roads of North Carolina. In the process, he discovered he was not a prisoner of the past. His changed perspective had given him a new lease on life.

PRAISE FOR THE BOOK

Hour of The Wolf is one of the wisest, most profound, and accessible books I have ever read on the preciousness of time and the ability we have been given to be the artists of own lives. Read this book if you want to fearlessly face the awe inspiring truth that you can be the hero of your own life! Read this book if you want to live every day with more meaning, purpose, compassion, vitality and love. Be prepared to never again be asleep while awake and to have many a good night sleep. Paul Lipton is a storyteller and wisdom teacher extraordinaire, and his book is one of amazing grace. You will finish Hour of the Wolf, take a deep breath, say thank you, and never live the same way again.”

Rabbi Irwin Kula, author of Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life

Hour of the Wolf riveted our attention from the very beginning. Though his life story is unique—as are all of ours—Paul unerringly and bravely pulls out of his magic hat of life experience just what it is that we can see, and must not look away from, if we are to live our lives with a full measure of wholehearted presence, awareness, wonderment, and yes, even joy. Authentic and compassionate, Hour of the Wolf inspires, provokes, and is unerringly profound. Read this book—and make sure you begin after midnight!”

Nan Moss and David Corbin, authors of Weather Shamanism: Harmonizing Our Connection with the Elements

Hour of the Wolf will provide the same sparks of inspiration to Paul Lipton’s readers that knowing the man behind the book has done for me. Like a true rebel, he refuses to act his age—or even my age. He is ageless! He offers a powerful, uplifting, and timely message.”

Stephen Gibb, musician/songwriter, CrossFit coach, and entrepreneur

“Paul Lipton has turned his personal emotional and intellectual journey into a thought-provoking primer on how to confront and make positive the inevitability of aging.”

Barry Richard, a principal shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, one of the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America” (National Law Journal, 2006)

“Through the beautiful rendering of his own life’s journey, Paul Lipton’s stories become our stories and the timeless insights he shares illuminate a path upon which we are all walking. Those among us inspired to live courageously and love endlessly will find Hour of the Wolf to be a cherished companion.”

Scott L. Rogers, founder and director of the Mindfulness in Law Program, University of Miami School of Law, and author of Mindful Parenting and Mindfulness for Law Students

“This book is about a day; not about any particular day but about every particular day. Mr. Lipton eloquently reminds us that no day can ever be recaptured, and that every day can either be experienced or squandered. The book describes a truth which warrants the attention of everyone, every day.”

Arthur J. England, Jr., former chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court

Hour of the Wolf is an inspiration not only to live our lives fully and unapologetically, with freedom to shift gears or change directions at any point, but also a reminder to share our stories with future generations.”

Craig Borders, TV producer and director

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Paul R. Lipton is an attorney, a speaker, a legal consultant, and a blogger. He is currently a co-chair of the Eleventh Circuit Committee on Professionalism in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Hour of the Wolf is his first book.

As an attorney, Paul tried cases for more than forty years. He has litigated numerous jury and non-jury trials in complex commercial, probate, estate, and trust cases involving national and international companies. Paul began his career as an assistant district attorney in Nassau County, New York, before moving to Florida. Once there, he practiced law in a number of firms. For thirteen years, he was a trial attorney with the international law firm of Greenberg Traurig. Paul was a principal shareholder there at the time he retired from the active practice of law.

Paul is a frequent speaker to various bar associations, bank and trust companies, and law firm meetings. The topics he addresses in his speeches include finding a balanced life in a profession and world that seems out of balance, how to maintain professional conduct in an increasingly unprofessional world, and finding your moral compass in the uncharted territory of demands being made just to get the result no matter the consequences.

As an undergraduate, Paul attended Penn State University, where he was a member of the history, political science, and social science honor societies. He also performed in a number of theater productions, including Brigadoon. Paul then attended Washington University School of Law, where he was a note editor for the Urban Law Annual.

In 2010, Paul started writing “The Ageless Experiment,” a blog on living outside limitations, with posts on finding the sweet spot in life where as you age you continue to challenge yourself to be all you can be without regard to age or any other definition, and without restrictions, either self-imposed or societally imposed.

Paul has been married to Margie since 1968. They have two beautiful daughters, Melissa and Lindsay, and two sons-in-law, Mason and Brad. Paul and Margie also have three wonderful grandchildren, Ryan, Reghan, and Hunter.

A longtime resident of Miami, Florida, Paul now lives in Boulder, Colorado.