A One On One Interview With Author, Host and Eccentric Poet, America’s Simple Man, Doc Dalton
Thank you for taking the time to do this interview and to let our readers learn more about you.
Q) It is well known that you have hosted a number of radio shows in the past and are now publishing a number of books along with a great amount of poetry. What folks don’t know is how the poetry came to be and how a lot of your work has been fueled by depression.
A) I have had it for so long that I honestly can’t remember when I haven’t had depression. It’s with me each and every day and at times, it’s downright scary. It’s as if someone pulled the floor of the world out from under you and you are just falling through deep dark emptiness. Depending on the severity of your depression you can be completely fine one moment and suicidal the next. Needless to say at times, it can and is non-controllable.
Simply put, if you have never experienced it, you really don’t understand it. And it’s a hell of a lot more than just being sad. If you need the help get it because it’s there. Don’t wait one more day because it really could be one day to late.
Q) You have been known to say the Poetry has saved your life. Why do you say that and when did you become aware of this?
A) I have been hospitalized a few times for depression and a doctor walked up to me and said, he did not want me to write a journal but what he did want me to do was try my hand at poetry. I thought at the time he was nuttier than I was but I was locked in, couldn’t leave so I said, why not.
For whatever reason, everything I wrote was God related. I didn’t have any idea where it was coming from but what I can say, it has never stopped. It continues today and now has even continued in to my writing of books.
Q) You have a number of books planned from now through 2019 with one being released shortly. Can you tell us about that?
A) Old Dogs of the Whiskey Pie Trails will be released in late 2017 or early 2018. It’s a combination of poems and short stories. Every short story in this book is related directly to the poem it is explaining about. Why that poem was written. The person it was written about or event that had taken place in my life that made me write that poem. For me, it was both therapy and personal.
All books that I have planned are also Spiritual in nature and is just a path that I wish to follow and one that is right for me.
Q) One last question regarding depression and that is possibly doing speeches or talking to others about it.
A) That is the next step. I am a member of Toast Masters International. In fact, currently I am President of our chapter. When I became a member, I said to myself that I would be 100% honest in everything that I talk about and that included depression.
I did a speech on my depression and it was gut wrenching but honest. After the speech people who were in attendance came up to me one after the other and were just 100% positive about the speech. What really made me sit back and think was a gentleman who was there that night who I did not see until almost a year later who said to me that he suffers from depression and that my talk really moved him and got him thinking in a good way. It was then that I realized, words are powerful and if my words could help just one person, it was all well worth it. That is the reason was I have decided to take that step in to public speaking and I will also be doing a video series called, SIMPLY DALTON where I will continue to speak about that and other topics as well.
Q) Your known as America’s Simple Man. Why is that?
A) Because of different things that has taken place in my life, I felt making life easier would be a positive thing. As time went by and I would watch people like, Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith, Eckhart Tolle, Elizabeth Gilbert, Pastor T.D. Jakes, Gary Zukav, Tim Storey and so many others and realized that is the direction I personally needed to go in and that included not only my everyday life, but business and faith as well.
We live in a monstrous crazy world where dysfunctionality seems to have become the norm. I don’t want that or need that and I now need to make it simple. Keep simple and feel Blessed that it is simple. If you can’t do that, then I can’t take part. It’s as Simple as that and that’s why friends started calling me America’s Simple Man.
Q) You say simple in faith and business as well. Can you explain a little on that?
A) For me there isn’t anything more powerful than Prayer. I feel it is the most un-selfish act of kindness you can give to someone. You’re asking for that person to be loved, protected, healed, guidance, and so much more while asking for nothing in return. It’s a true act of caring and appreciation like non-other.
Business is simple. Keep it as simple as 3 Simple Steps to do so everyone can take part. As far as cost, No higher than $10 per month so everyone can take part. Make it so that it is not time consuming at all so everyone find the time. Make sure the product line is one that will not interfere with you promoting the company because the real reason you are there is for income. Make sure the compensation plan is 100% fair for everyone. Make sure the company is 100% solid, 100% debt free and has at least an A rating with the BBB. If you have all those things, you have an excellent chance at success. Just so you know, I have all those things and for your information, I never join a company for products, WHY? Because products don’t pay bills, INCOME DOES.
Q) Sorry but I have to ask – can you tell us about the voices in your head.
A) This is where people mix this and the depression together and say, Doc Dalton is crazy. I make jokes about this and often say the friends in my head are my best friends. In a way that is true, but to be perfectly honest with you, I feel they are really my guardian Angels who are there to protect me and assist me. Yes, I do hear them from time to time, clearly, I might say. At times, it is a feeling of assurance. I would even say a true gut feeling as if you were going to do something and your inner self in a way screams and stops you or tells you yes in a peaceful way. It took a while for me to understand it and at times folks ask me a question and I get an answer and have been correct a lot more than not. I am happy about it and wouldn’t change it. I know you wanted to ask if I see things and the answer is, from time to time. That’s it for all that. I say that with a smile by the way.
Q) Is there anything in general you dislike.
A8) Phonies. The older I get the more it seems to bother me. I dislike people who think they are better than everyone else or find a need to show off that so called better-ness to everyone else. If you are lucky enough to have it and are better off, don’t show off, be grateful for what you have and count your blessings that you have it. If your showing off as if you have a lot and don’t, you’re a dam fool. Stop focusing on what you don’t have and be grateful for what you do have because either way, you have more than a lot of other folks have.
If someone tells me the sky is blue, I don’t want to get up and need to look out the window to see if they are truthful. Give me a simple honest person and I am happy. There is nothing better than a good cup of coffee and some honest talk.
Q) What would you like people to know about Doc Dalton?
Q) That I really appreciate them more than they know. To my family, I love them and feel blessed that they love me in return. To my friends and I mean real true honest friends, I am thankful for their friendship and it is I, who is lucky to have them as friends. To the folks who have shown me kindness along the way, thank you. For those who encouraged me, thank you as well. To my Pastor friends “Chuck, Dave and Mike plus countless more” who are truly in it for the right reason, thanks for making it possible for me to see things more clearly. Thanks for the opportunity to be Ordained even in a small way and do some really nice things for folks along the way like even performing a number of wedding ceremonies for close friends. It’s been very special for me. I am honored and I thank you For those I have hurt along the way, I am truly sorry and ask for your forgiveness. And to the big man up-stairs. They say that he protects drunks and fools and the truth is, I never been much of a drinker, but I have been a dam fool for a long time. Thank you for not letting me fall. Thank you for just being there plain and simple. And thank you for letting me become honest with myself. I needed that more than anything. But more than anything, just Thank You.
Q) For our readers to find out more about you, where can they do so?
Q) The can go to, DocDalton.com – everything is there so go have a look. Also on facebook at facebook.com/docdaltonbooks – make sure to hit the like page while there. And last twitter as well – twitter.com/docdaltonbooks – please follow. I will be popping up a few more places but for right now, this is good enough.
Doc Dalton, Thank you for spending time with us today.
Let me say thank you to you to you for giving me the time and for your kindness. I am grateful.