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 23: The Long Haul

When I pushed through the glass door into the surgical waiting room, a wall of eyes turned and locked on me. My already high adrenaline levels kicked up another notch. The surgical waiting area seemed to be standing room only. There were neighbors and church members,...

Chapter 22: Separated

Chapter 22: Separated

I sat down in the empty, glass-walled SICU room and tried to pray the best prayer of my life. I prayed for Suzie and made my arguments that the children needed her. I pointed out how inadequate I was to the task of being both father and mother. I argued that I...

Chapter 21: Craniotomy

Time coiled like a watch spring, the tension increasing by ticks. We were on high alert, ready for that ultimate last moment before brain surgery. But it didn’t arrive. An hour came and went. We were left alone. All was quiet so we could hear that mental clock tock...

Chapter 18: The Decision

When the dawning sun threads through the tree branches and spotlights the early morning dew with amber, a leaf or blade of grass becomes a glittering jewel. The season’s first glint of snow or a mysterious pea soup fog reveals common-place scenes in a brand new light...

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...

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