Milestones and Stepping Stones is a collection of poetry written over the span of thirty years by the author, Oather Talley II, who uses poetic verse and metaphors to chronicle the milestone moments of life, love and loss. Separated into three sections, Book I reflects on the changing seasons and times of life, opening with "A Love for All Seasons," "Change is Gonna Come" and "We Had Our Season." Book II presents a series of love (and farewell to love) poems, including "A Love So Deep," "It Was Simply a Kiss" and "What Is Forever." Book III concludes with "A Man That Hath Friends," "FMJ" and "You Drive Me Crazy," a coming-of-age exploration of feelings, faith and friendships as they are tested, twisted and transformed through the fiery furnace of friction. Milestones is a light-hearted journeyman's journal of joy and pain, intermingled with gratitude and self-discovery. Punctuated with passion, humor and authenticity, it covers a variety of topics such as dementia, despair, self-care, spirituality, loneliness, lust, freedom and forgiveness. Milestones will resonate with poetry lovers and hopeful romantics alike.