Welcome

to the Candles In The Sun Readers Club where you can look over my shoulder as I write Suzie’s story. The plan is to post my weekly progress for The Weekend Read. I hope to add a few more special things including random videos and maybe an interview.

It’s also your opportunity to nudge me toward my goal with some good-natured encouragement and accountability. I anticipate a lot of talk about coffee, maybe tea if appropriately caffeinated. Should be fun.

To introduce you to the idea I’m going to post things for free initially along with a membership possibility for those who want to catch up or just give some fiduciary support. (My new word of the week.) In any case, welcome, and feel free to have a look around. You never know who you might run into.

Blessings and together may we face the day with courage.

Chapter 17: Trapped!

Once the decision was made to take Suzie to Summit, action brought relief. Being able to do something burned off some of the adrenaline edge. When we pulled into the parking lot, there were two doors marked “Emergency”: the covered ambulance entrance and the doors for...

Chapter 16: Twenty Questions

The fight started over Power Rangers. Billy, the five-year-old, wanted to watch the same TV show over and over again and it was driving Sandy crazy. She was, after all, a very mature ten. Or so she'd been told. It was raining outside so she couldn’t go out to play on...

Chapter 15: The Phone Call

The clock was ticking when I left for music row. My goal was to get in before the morning traffic. It was still dark but the delay had put me in the early stages of rush hour. One accident could now wreck my day. I prayed for safety. I prayed for Suzie. On a perfect...

Chapter 14: Between Two Worlds

The night I asked Suzie to marry me, I took her to our favorite Mexican restaurant, El Palacio. Since we met in Spanish class it took on a more romantic significance than merely being delicious. It was not complicated with border crossings or politics. To a couple...

Chapter 13: The Call of Home

The good things in life, the truly good things, happen in quiet moments without fanfare. The love, the healing, the feeding, the stretching, the growing, the strengthening, the encouragement, these things are the sparkling best parts of life’s story.   But they are...

Chapter 12: The New Reality

When I pushed open the oversized door to Suzie’s room it was dark and empty. The rain and fog outside the windows set a mood but added little light. Flipping a switch revealed an expansive room of muted pastels that looked more like a luxury resort than a hospital. It...

Chapter 11: The Wait

Richard Gay led me down a maze of back hallways through a utilitarian door into the surgical waiting room. The contrast was stark.The industrial white walls and high-traffic vinyl gave way to light pastels and patterned carpet. The wall on the public side was glass....

Chapter 10: Mastectomy

When the alarm went off the next morning, it didn’t ring so much as it tolled. This was the day. We had feared this day since Suzie's mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. We worried about it when her two aunts had been given the same diagnosis. It was in the back...

Chapter 9: Roller Coaster

Once the decision was made it was like getting on a roller coaster. Up until that point, while we waited in line, I could imagine the possibility of turning around, fighting the crowd and walking away. But now we stepped up and found our seats. The safety bar swung...

Wrestling With The Weekend Read

I mentioned before that the plan to write a book in full view might have some bumps in the road. I thought I might even have to go back and re-write some things. Tonight, I am wrestling with a difficult section where Suzie and I have diverging recollections. General...

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