Thomas Lamia is a man of thought; a man who fills his mind with endless possibilities and then determines to fulfill those possibilities. He is a man who is inspired by the many different characters in his childhood; a childhood ever so colorful and joyous. Thomas’s need for fulfillment stems from one of the great independent thinkers of his time, William Blake, who once said, “I must create a system, or be enslaved by another man’s. I will not reason and compare: my business is to create,”
Thomas operated a masonry construction corporation in New York for well over 30 years, and so a deeper perception of life came to stay. Thomas shares his thoughts with John Steinbeck, another independent thinker of his time. “To be alive at all is to have scars,” he said.
With all of these thoughts and experiences, and as a mason contractor, Thomas Lamia moves on in life and continues to interact with people of different cultures from all over the world.
“I have had up to five or six different languages spoken on my crew at one time. However, the language of respect transcends the language barrier 100 percent of the time.” He claimed.
His experiences, his environment and everything that happened around him, allowed him to discover brilliant stories, finding a common theme within the crew.
“Successful teams raise the weakest members to the top. I had a new guy from Brooklyn start, his name was Luca. He had zero construction experience and had an awful speech disorder. Luca stuttered horribly and sometimes while speaking he would shake as well. I loved the guy because he had heart, and never gave up no matter how heavy, dirty or challenging the task was. Luca’s determination and hard work, gained the respect of the crew. Guys from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Italy, Ireland, China, Africa and the Caribbeans, all who spoke different languages, were able to communicate the critical offerings of respect. A nod, a smile, a fist pump, and many other forms encouraged Luca. In return, Luca inspired the other members in his own way. I believe the vast language barrier served as an advantage on my team. Through great team cohesiveness our production was second to none.”
Thomas Lamia is 53-years-old, and continues to improve in life through experiences and the creative interpretation of his thoughts. He writes about real-world observations, with a poem published in the Great south bay magazine titled “Hurricane of the heart.” He also has a NY state Emergency Medical Technician license and volunteers with his local fire department. Therefore, await the arrival of “Tunnels to Tomorrow.” It is Thomas’ first novel; hopeful to be coming out in September of 2022.
“Writing stories is like standing near a wild, splashing stream, teeming full of colorful trout flipping in and out of the water. Sometimes you have to reach into the cold water, grab a fish, and get a closer look at its colors in order to really appreciate it.” Thomas Lamia