Wednesday, September 25, 2013

On loss

There's a fellow author that just went through one of the worst things you can go through. The loss of your life partner. The connection to your significant other is a really deep one. It's one of the deepest ones I know of. I understand this because I woke up one morning before dawn to discover my first wife Patricia had passed away in her sleep.
You feel empty. A chunk of you is gone. It's very much like you're an empty shell. You walk along but you don't feel the ground. I probably wouldn't have felt someone chopping off my fingers at that time of my life. They weren't the other half of you. They were something more if that makes any sense to you.
You about have to relearn how to live because in a sense you died also at the same time. I liken that time to being a walking dead person. That's the closest I can describe it. I ate food only because I felt Patricia wanted me to. It sure wasn't because I was hungry.

For a time it's like they never left. You talk to them. There's actual conversations that goes on when you're out of earshot of the living. It's kind of funny but I actually asked Patricia for her blessing when I was getting with Brandy. She gave it. That was the last time I seen her ghost.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A little from best selling author, Kathy Clark.

  • This is Kathy Clark's 29th book, her 6th Indie Book, CRIES IN THE NIGHT. The 2nd in the Denver AFter Dark Romantic Suspense series, the story is about a Victim's Advocate and asks the question “Who saves a hero?” Find the book on Amazon at
  • The story is about Julie Lawrence who is a Victim’s Advocate for the Denver PD. Her job is to respond to domestic violence incidents, fires, car accidents and other tragic events where people need help dealing with their darkest moments. She has had her own share of tragedies in the past which gives her empathy and a unique insight into victims and what they need to heal and move on with their lives. But she is better at giving advice than taking it and has closed herself off from sharing her life with anyone or anything except a stray tiger-striped gray cat.
    Rusty Wilson is a firefighter with a reputation for working hard and playing harder. He meets Julie while he is trying to save a burning house and she is protecting a battered wife and an unborn child. He is attracted to her, but not ready to settle down. To his surprise, she resists even his most platonic attempts at developing a relationship. One day a typical call turns into a hostage situation, and Julie rushes to the scene, partly in her role of Victim’s Advocate and partly because Rusty is involved.
    She finally accepts his offer of friendship, and as they get to know each other better, they realize they have a lot in common. When a stalker starts playing a cat-and-mouse game with Julie, she and Rusty work together, trying to figure out which of her past domestic violence cases has created a psycho who wants revenge. In her line of work, there are a lot of people who want her dead.
    Julie has no idea who is trying to kill her. The warnings had started out as just creepy, but gradually turn into genuine threats on her life. Rusty provides the emotional and moral support she hadn't realized she needed until the danger increases. Their love affair starts in the heat of passion and ends when he finds out her secrets. Someone is watching . . . and waiting. Julie has dedicated herself to saving other people. Who’s going to save her?
    CRIES IN THE NIGHT is Book #2 in the Denver After Dark series. AFTER MIDNIGHT is Book #1 has won several prestigious awards, including being named The Best Indie Suspense Novel of 2013 and 3rd place in the Readers’ Favorite Suspense Novel Award of 2013.

Monday, September 23, 2013


We've had quite a bit of rainfall for a little while, got more last night. Several inches of rain fell during September which is not normal for Colorado Springs. I was wondering if the garden was going to survive or not. It's probably affected the tomatoes and the bell peppers a little because the weather's been cooler than it would normally be.
There's been a lot of weed killer used in the mobile home park where I live. Because of that stuff in the ground it's been very difficult to grow many things that you would normally grow in a garden like tomatoes and bell peppers. Last year no peppers and only a couple of tomatoes. The year before, none. So far, no peas or green beans. They just won't grow. Maybe one day though.

This year they've grown quite well. We have waist high tomato plants that are loaded with fruits and boy are they good. It looks the chemicals have started to reduce enough they aren't affecting as much as they had been. Maybe next year we'll finally get some peas growing. One can hope.