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ARRIVED: Operation Rumination. One year in the making.

AVAILABLE NOW ON AMAZON (Search “Rick Vuyst” or “Operation Rumination”) or use the convenient Buy button below. Also available for purchase in-store at all three Flowerland locations in Grand Rapids. And now available at:

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Statistics suggest that 7.3 percent of all living Americans have served in the past or are currently serving in the military and that half of all veterans are now over the age of 60. Author Rick Vuyst delves into his own personal thoughts and regrets as one of the 92.7 percent who never served in the military. To understand better he spends a year with veterans listening to their stories and ruminating on lessons learned. In the process he wrestles with the fact he never served and reflects on the freedom he enjoys that was paid for by others.

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Link to interview about Operation Rumination on FOX:

Approaching the age of 60, Rick chooses a 2 mile stretch of beach to run, reflect, train and ruminate. The goal was to voluntarily engage in a personal “boot camp” of sorts to meet the physical fitness requirements of a 17-21 year old entering the Army (run, push-ups, sit-ups). He corresponds with young men in boot camp that summer and visits with veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan wars. He turns back the clock by changing physically, mentally, emotionally. The lessons learned are outlined in Operation Rumination.

Watch the video below for a synopsis of the book! A portion of proceeds from the book go to the Grand Valley State University Veterans History Project. It is important to continue to share the stories so we can continue to learn and grow! You can also donate directly to this fine cause with a donation to the endowment here: GVSU Veterans History Project

And don’t forget about Rick’s 2018 release… I Just Wet My Plants.

Here’s what people are saying about ‘I Just Wet My Plants’:

This book was recommended to me and I love it. The personal stories intertwined with the gardening experiences and tips make it really fun and easy to read…and super entertaining. Rick has a great conversational style and really does put himself out there with his personal stories on life as well as gardening. This isn’t necessarily a “How To Garden”. It’s about enjoying gardening and life.

I have been waiting for publication of this book! Great anecdotes and stories about the pleasures and pains of growing your own garden. Rick Vuyst’s writing is sure to entertain you.

I enjoyed reading this book very mulch. Not only did it teach me about gardening, but it also taught me about life. I love the authors humor and heartwarming stories. If you are a gardener, you will love this book.

I Just Wet My Plants

5 Stars!

It’s Personal.
It’s Vulnerable.
LifeĀ andĀ garden lessons, stories, memories and a kick in the plants from an “Entre-Manure”….
Celebrating a quarter of a century in broadcast radio.



… and I will see you in the garden soon!

Thank you very mulch!