The Stranger in My Recliner
He gently helped her back up onto her feet and then picked up what he thought were her grocery bags. After giving her a quick look over and insuring she had no injuries he insisted on giving her a ride home.
After asking her numerous times for her address and struggling not to get frustrated with her, Sophie finally admitted to him, she had no home to go to and nowhere to stay.
John called me to ask if he could bring a woman home for the night. Not exactly the thing you expect your husband to call and request.
When Sophie walked through my front door that night I could not believe my eyes. She was a frail, filthy, and hunched over, eighty- year –old woman.
I made her a hot cup of tea and then went upstairs and prepared her a warm bubble bath. I gave her my favorite silk pajamas, clean underwear, a warm fluffy pair of socks and a thick robe.
What possibly could have happened to her, what sin or crime did she commit that left her no choice in the world but to trust complete strangers over family or friends? Imagining what in the world those possible sins and crimes were, scared me to my core.
My husband on the other hand is trusting to a frustrating fault. I admire his compassion and knew in my heart that keeping her safe and warm on that cold, wet night was the right thing to do no matter how she came to be in this situation. I could not help wondering why I had to be the one to do that particular right thing on that particular night.
I just kept saying to myself, no worries, she will only be with us until we can find a good home for her. I believed one of her relatives would show up and claim her. They would knock on our front door and tell us they had been searching for her and they could not thank us enough for taking care of her.
Sophie’s story is one of jealous, vindictive siblings, an abusive husband, and a sexual assault that resulted in a pregnancy, a kidnapping and bitter, unforgiving children. She was attacked by several younger homeless people and an Elvis impersonators girlfriend. She was left out in the cold by a deceiving judge who convinced her to care for his dying wife while he cheated on her and then by a group of lost souls that she devoted her life to serving.
As much as I felt we were getting to know Sophie and it was starting to feel like she was just another one of our ‘crazy’ relatives there was still so much that we didn’t know about her. After more than two-years how was it possible that she was still very much the stranger in our recliner?
BRISTOL bOYZ STOMP
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‘ROAD RAGE’ is what all the news shows and newspaper’s called it. To me, that sounded like a disease, an affliction that can make you kill. A sorry excuse to take the claw end of a hammer and pound it repeatedly into the skull of another human being.
In April of 1999, my younger brother, David, passed away. Doesn’t passed away sound so gentle, even normal? David’s death was neither, it was brutal murder.
This book is the true story of the random murder of my brother. The youngest of five. I am the oldest. We were the book ends.
You will meet and fall in love with David, the victim. He was a handsome soft spoken gentle giant with a great musical talent. He was also a husband and Daddy.
The reader will agonize with the family as they spend seventy-two-hours in the intensive care unit watching Dave slip away. They prayed for miracles and discussed organ donation while still trying to figure out exactly what happened that night.
The family will take you along on their frustrating journey navigating the justice system and learning to deal with the media.
You will become infuriated with the judge, the evil skirt and sneaker wearing district attorney who was only interested in winning an election, the defense lawyers and the murderer’s families lack of empathy or compassion.
The reader will agonize with the author as she struggles to share her story of grief, depression and defeat.
A painfully gripping, honest detail that will leave readers inspired to hug everyone they love and sadly; forever looking in the rear view mirror.
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The Father’s Pain – [coming early 2018]
The true story of the suicide of 17- year –old, John and the devastatingly painful effect on his father and 15 -year -old brother, Michael. The reader will feel for the father as he tries to heal his remaining son’s mind and soul while struggling with his own sanity.
This book also provides mental health and suicide warning signs. These signs are not acts for attention but are desperate cries for help. The author also includes emergency referral information.
Sometimes God does give you more than you can handle. Losing a child is the most horrible thing. The father blames himself, feels guilty and ashamed and wonders if his son will go to heaven. He can choose to escape like his son did or he can find the strength to live with his pain.
Our society still treats suicide like a deep, dark, ugly secret. To end suicide we must first end the stigma surrounding it and provide hope for families that are damaged and deeply scarred.
This story is less about death and more about real life and a man’s strides towards transformation, real redemption and the positive affirmations of a father and his love for his sons.
Book #5 -Will be my first YA and is also a non-fiction. Let’s just say it will teach young adults what is not being taught. Topics will include manners, social media etiquette, dating safety, civics, politics, history and more. I am excited and passionate about this one and so lucky to have a couple of amazing teenage critique partners.