“This is an inspiring book, without being preachy. It’s not a self-help book—despite all the sage advice contained therein. There’s no conversation about taking Bob’s advice and applying to our lives. And yet, perhaps its reading community will do just that.” — Barbara Searles of The Bibliophage

“The notes, which often included puzzles and drawings, ranged from snippets of love and encouragement to pages of thoughts on what it means to be part of a family, deal with life and say “I'm sorry." As insightful and charming as the notes themselves, Guest's narration winds between photographs of the real deal. Folded Wisdom is a wonderful testament to love and to Bob's success in perpetuating thoughtfulness and value in expressing ourselves to others.” — Lauren O'Brien of Malcolm Avenue Review in Shelf Awareness

“A delightful collection of illustrated notes that remind us of what matters and will undoubtedly make readers smile.” — Library Journal review for Barnes & Noble

“As an outsider looking in, the dialogue that Guest’s father was able to have with his children through this medium is inspiring. The depiction of the love inherent in this father-child relationship is deeply moving. And the incredible sentimental value of these notes is striking.” — Beth Mowbray for The Nerd Daily

“This isn’t just a beautiful personal story but also, I think, one about the power of paper.” — Bob Sassone of The Saturday Evening Post


“Joanna Guest’s father, Robert, left her and her brother Theo an incredible legacy. Each day, beginning in 1995, when Joanna Guest was 7 and Theo Guest was 4, Robert Guest sat down to write a note to each of them with advice or thoughts for the occasion of that day. He then folded them up into triangles (like the kind you use for making a football to hike between finger goalposts).

The book is part reprinting of her father’s messages and part how-to for writing your own kids messages and what to say. The book offers a real-world example of the impact writing daily notes can have on a child.”


“In Joanna Guest’s Folded Wisdom she shares the notes her father wrote for her and her brother for 15 years. For almost two decades, this loving father would wake up every morning, walk their family dog and then write heartfelt and colorful notes for his children that ended up leading them to and through adulthood. This new book is full of wisdom and touching moments that will leave you with endless life advice.”



Celadon books acquires non-fiction gift book by joanna guest

Now, with over 3,000 of her father’s colorful, vibrant, touching notes in hand, Joanna has collected them into this beautiful book… Her father’s sentiments are heartfelt and full of possibility for the future; any reader will find them applicable to his or her life. 

“Based on concept alone, I knew I needed to meet this author,” says Deb. “Literally thousands of notes demonstrating a father’s love. What a special book; I knew Celadon would be the perfect home to share this beautiful father-daughter relationship with the world.” 

FOLDED WISDOM will be published in time for Father’s Day 2019. It’s the perfect gift to share with a father in your life, but also with any child, young adult, or reader of any age who appreciates good advice beautifully presented. 

Folded Wisdom: Notes from Dad on Life, Love, and Growing Up is going to be a book!! Pre-order at your favorite local bookstore or reserve your copy online today!


Daily Reminders - Esopus Magazine

In Spring 2008, Bob’s notes were the cover story of Esopus Magazine’s Issue 10 - the feature highlighted 19 notes written to Joanna and Theo.

The Esopus Foundation Ltd. is a nonprofit organization founded in 2003 designed to protect and nurture creativity. Esopus Magazine was a limited-edition annual publication, featuring content from all creative disciplines in a format that included no advertisements or commercially driven material. Starting in 2018, the Foundation has shifted it’s focus toward distribution, education, and events.

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Bob Guest’s Morning Routine - My Morning Routine

I’m sixty-four as I write this, so my routine has really evolved through the life of my family over the course of those years. I’m not a single guy in my thirties, preoccupied with myself and my career. I’m a father and a husband and a business owner and a dog lover and a friend and a biker—all of those things. And my relationship with all those things has affected the amount of time and space that I have in the morning. It also affects the things that concern me in the morning. When I had young children, up through when they were eighteen, their days, their lives, their childhoods, and their growth were the most important things to me. Having the morning time to meditate on them, their personalities, what I wanted them to know about me, about life, how I could contribute to their growing up—that’s what was important to me.

When my children went off to college to look for life and love in the big world, my routine shifted. I was able to spend more time with friends; four-legged and otherwise. It’s not that I forgot about my kids but that part of my morning routine morphed into time to think about my own life, my wife, and our next phase of life. I now think about that and so many other things and bounce those thoughts off of my friends and the trees.
— Bob Guest

The truth is that the lessons they impart are folded in each piece of paper and can be interpreted, digested, and embraced differently by anyone who gets their hands on them.

So after all these years, they’ve become not only a joy for me to revisit, but to share.
— Joanna Guest