Jacksonville’s Homeless: Cecil’s Story

Jacksonville’s Homeless: Cecil’s Story

Cecil cautiously walked into the quiet room at the Jacksonville Public Library. He wasn’t out of place. There were, in truth, many Street Friends, as they are lovingly referred to by the local mission groups, enjoying the air conditioning. He didn’t mention if this...
Jacksonville’s Homeless: Taylor’s Story

Jacksonville’s Homeless: Taylor’s Story

We met with 28-year-old, Taylor, on a Wednesday afternoon, late August, in the Jacksonville Public Library. He agreed to speak with us about what his life was like on the streets in Jacksonville and what challenges he faces.  After he greets me with a “nice to...
Jacksonville’s Homeless: Michael

Jacksonville’s Homeless: Michael

When passing by the nameless faces on the street, it is easy to condemn, look away, or possibly shake our heads at our fellow humans’ bad choices. Drugs, alcohol, and crime, all these factors separate their worlds from ours, keeping us safe from the intimidating...
The Beginning: Listen, Understand, and Act (2)

The Beginning: Listen, Understand, and Act (2)

Every adventure starts somewhere and ours began with two very special people that made our journey possible. Even though their hearts are one and the same, their stories are quite different. Dorri and I feel blessed that they were willing to share their experiences...
Writers With a Purpose

Writers With a Purpose

Have You Ever Wondered? Have you ever wondered about the forks in your road? What would have happened if you decided one road versus another? Been born to this family or that one? Chose this friend over another? Who would you be today? Would you be a better version of...
Spoiler Alert: STILL LIFE Book Club Questions 

Spoiler Alert: STILL LIFE Book Club Questions 

I hope that you have enjoyed reading the first chapters of Still Life and have checked it out on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. If you missed them, they are posted in my blog section. These are some book club questions I have used at book clubs. They are very telling, so...
STILL LIFE: Chapter 3

STILL LIFE: Chapter 3

Chapter 3-Samantha Samantha raced to the hospital and through the parking lot. Her hands were shaking; her thoughts were spiraling. She needed to calm herself. She needed a minute to stop hearing the officer’s voice in her mind uttering the ugly truth. “There are...
STILL LIFE: Chapter 2

STILL LIFE: Chapter 2

CHAPTER 2-SAMANTHA Samantha tried to maneuver through the morning drop-off line. On sunny days, Samantha walked her children, Sydney and Ryan, to the crossing guard and let them walk the rest of the way on their own. When the weather involved any unpleasantness-too...