“This is a true story written by a prolific author, about her own younger brother who suffered Encephalitis when he was not more than a newborn. It entails his strength of personality and will to overcome an illness which left him with a so-called, mental handicap as well as physical.
I was filled with admiration for this man, Stanley Robinson and by the time I finished reading, I was in awe. I would recommend reading to anyone but for those who have known or had a person like Stanley in their lives, it will tug your heartstrings. At the least it is a lesson to the rest of the world…Souls come wrapped up in many different packages..all are a wonderful gift.”
This review was written by Sandy
Grief: An Invisible Genre until Now
New heart-rending memoir is about how one woman survives a tragic loss
Lynnwood, WA – Those who read Anne Rule’s 1999 book and New York Times bestseller, A Rage To Kill, would know that the first chapter (A Bus To Nowhere) is about the true story of the heroic Seattle Metro Transit driver who was tragically shot and killed in the line of duty on the Aurora Bridge the day after Thanksgiving, 1998, in an unprovoked act of violence, the worse in Metro history.
But Rule’s recollection of the driver and his family was based solely on hearsay and public knowledge. Now, for the first time, Elise Crawford—the brave man’s widow—in this stirring memoir A Promise Kept courageously allows us a glimpse into how her world was shattered—and how she managed to put the pieces back together.
The life-altering paradox of that fateful day, November 27, 1998, marks the beginning for the driver’s young widow who journals her spiraling descent into hell through a complex system of paths, obstacles—including the tragic death of her mother—and betrayals through which she inevitably becomes lost, essentially missing for nearly eight years in a labyrinthine maze of grief. By no means a poster child for grief, she leans the hard way that grief cannot be outrun, that it has to be faced head on.
In A Promise Kept, she reveals her true feelings, raw emotions, and mental anguish she suffered needlessly while making her way down that road less traveled—the journey of grief. Riding every wave, letting the ebb and flow of the tide of grief flow over her, she learns valuable lessons that she never wanted to learn, about the value of life, faith, and self-discovery. Most importantly, she learns that of all the stages of grief, the most difficult of all is the stage of acceptance, the only one that will show her out of the door of the past and into the present toward healing.
Elise Crawford was born on a cold and wet November day in the Motor City the year U. S. troops were sent to prevent the South Vietnamese government from collapsing, during election week the year the was signed into congress, the year Kellogg’s introduced Pop Tarts, and the year that the first close up photographs of Mars were taken. Elise moved with her mother and younger sister, Jenny, to Seattle in 1968.
Although not formally educated as a writer, Elise has been writing creative fiction since she was eight years old. Elise holds several Associate of Arts degrees; one in Liberal Arts, two in Social Sciences, and one Technical. Throughout her college education she maintained her membership with the Phi Theta Kappa honor society while raising her two children single-handedly and working on the college campus part-time teaching college level English to fellow ESL students.
Elise is a native of; she and Roberto reside in , with their four cats—Sniffles, Lucky, Foxy, and Fluke. Their CEDAR-AL business continues to flourish and prosper. Elise has two grown children; a son, Dale, and a daughter, Lexi. Her son, Dale, is currently serving in the as an aviation ordinance man. His ultimate goal is to become a Navy SEAL. He plans to make the Navy his career. Her daughter, Lexi, lives in southwest Washington, works full-time in a bank, and attends a technical college full-time. Her ultimate goal is to become an architectural engineer.
A Promise Kept is Elise’s first book; “Spiritual Intervention” was her first short story prior to the writing of this book. She is currently working on Wednesday’s Child, a prequel to A Promise Kept.
With a sequence of poignant chronological photographs, A Promise Kept not only gives readers “the rest of the story” of that tragic day, but also reaches out to other survivors of tragic loss in hopes they come away with the strength and courage needed to face, to accept, and to begin their own grief journey, regardless of the nature of their loss. If you are searching for a real-life story of love and tragic loss to relate to, and to seek hope and comfort from, then you will want to read A Promise Kept.
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Synopsis of WHY ME? WHY HER? WHY ANYONE?
Author: Fran Lewis
The purpose of this book is to make people aware of the need for a cure for Alzheimer’s. This deadly disease has no cure and has taken too many lives in the 103 years since Dr. Alzheimer’s discovered it. I have written stories in my mom’s own words, poems about her and the way the disease treats people and how humiliating it is for the person to live with this and not be able to control what is happening to them. I have included dedications by family and friends to my mom and to loved ones in order to honor them or remember them.
The book includes my mom’s own blog and words that tell her story from the beginning until now. I even included a research section and caregiver tips to help people with families who need to get the care and the help for loved ones. I have included the types of care that people might need and at what stages these types of care might be needed. Included in this book are the questions to ask your doctor and how to tell family members when you are diagnosed with the illness and how to deal with living arrangements.
I also included in this book which I think is vital the types of legal documents needed by a person with this illness and the importance of having a health proxy, power of attorney and either will or a legal document specifying how this person wants his/her money and affairs handled as the disease progresses. In my mom’s case she made me promise never to put her in a facility. She wants to remain at home as long as the home health aides feel they can care for her.
Finally, I have included some up to date research that is going on to help find a cure for the disease along with telephone numbers and websites to learn more about this illness.
The book will tell about important events in her life but it is not a biography. The main purpose is to write not only about her but about other people with the disease too and to hopefully use the book as another resource for information.
The approximate word count is between 40 and 45 thousand words.
Description of Why Me, Why Her, Why Anyone?
The Story Of One Woman’s Journey With Alzheimer’s Disease
Ruth Swerdloff’s Gripping and Heart Wrenching Words
The purpose of this book is to create more awareness for a cure for this horrific disease that not only tears away at all of the layers of a person’s mind but rips away any dignity they might have.. Alzheimer’s is not curable. There are no real medications to slow down what will happen to a person. My mom is on two and neither one has slowed down the progression of the disease nor have they reversed it.
I have learned in the past five years that there are many important things that everyone should know about getting the care for their loved one or themselves before the disease finally takes over and you cannot make these decisions for yourself.
The book will have my mom’s story, her blog from the day she found out she had this disease and stories in her own words. It will have tips for caregivers, like myself to learn how to help the person, what medical services are available and how to get them. The book has information on the stages of the disease, what legal documents need to be filed and prepared and what types of care is available for the person. It has dedications from family members and short anecdotes about memories about times they spent with her and more.
The audience that I am targeting is everyone. I think young children; young adults and all adults need to have a full understanding of this disease and how it affects everyone in the family. It can destroy relationships and it does put stress both mentally and physically on the person who has taken on the role of caregiver. The book has information to help the caregiver deal with this stress and take care of him or herself.
Rather than have a table of contents and list chapters, I have organized each section of this book into parts. The first part will be the introduction, the second Why Me? the third Why Her, and the Fourth Anyone? Part Two will include the stages and the things you need to ask your doctor and a guide to questions you need to ask when you find out you have this illness. The next section will have dedications and from people around the world who have family members who had the disease or have it now.
Finally, I have included information that I feel everyone needs to have about the illness and some history about its founder. The final pages are pictures of my mom and her family.
Crazy for the Storm by Norman Ollestad
Reviewed by Fran Lewis
Survival can be defined as many different things. You can survive or overcome an illness or a disease. You can survive an earthquake, hurricane and even when your parents divorce. But, how do you survive and learn cope with watching your father die right in front of you? Even with the wherewithal and knowledge and skills to cope and deal with insurmountable situations, the outcome is not always what you want or hope for. This brings us to Crazy for the Storm by Norman Ollestad.
Norman Ollestad was excited. Boarding a chartered Cessna in Santa Monica and heading for the mountains of Big Bear to receive his first place trophy in skiing, little did any of the passengers on this small plane know that their fate was sealed. Not long into the flight the unthinkable happened. It crashed in the San Gabriel Mountains. On the aircraft were his father, his father’s girlfriend and the pilot and Norman.
The author tells of the courage, fortitude, persistence and never-ending determination of an 11-year-old child who will not give up on life. Alternating chapters between the plane crash and what led up to his winning his first trophy, the author draws the reader inside the mind of the character. Not only does he describe in vivid detail the crash and the impact it had on Norman, but the heroic efforts he made to try and safe the other passengers.
Norman’s father was a man who demanded perfection from him and made sure that he always strived to be number one in everything that he did. Insisting that he ski, surf and play hockey, his father set up grueling practice sessions, which went beyond the normal realm of a child’s endurance and capabilities. Throughout the novel the author envelops the reader inside the mind of the father and his one goal: Making Norman tough, able to survive on his own and teaching him never to give up at anything. Failures are forgotten and the next success is what is focused on.
Intertwined with this his Nick, his mother’s boyfriend a second dominate figure in Norman’s life. Nick, living an unfulfilled life, constantly drunk and preaching his ideas to Norman. Inflicting punishments on him when he lied, or disobeyed him. Insisting that in order to become a better person he would have to excel in school, eat the way he felt he should, not the way he did, and follow his rules or pay the consequences.
As the chapters alternated between the crash and what life was like living on the beach, the reader becomes so immersed in both, the you become one with Norman as he describes how he finally gets down and to safety. Next, you become frustrated, angered and sad at the way he was treated by a man who expected him to be what he felt he should be. Both men wanted to mold Norman into their perfectly sculpted model of what an 11 year old should be and aspire to. His father demanded that he ski and surf regardless of the weather conditions or how dangerous it might be. At times you feel like yelling at him and telling him to stop and cut him some slack. Yet, if not for the hard-nosed way he taught him to succeed and never give up, Norman might not be here to recount his amazing story.
Nick, on the other hand, when Norman is finally brought to safety, finally imparts on him that he does not want him to be another him. He is trying, but not always the right way, to get him to be more than he is and ever will be.
Called the Golden Child by his father he learns to stretch him beyond his physical capabilities. He did not allow him to make choices when it came to how many runs they would make during practice. The memories of his childhood helped him survive and made him the adult he is today.
Living life in the 1970’s and experiencing what he did can make anyone want to have experienced much of what he was exposed to and did. But, the hardest thing he had to do was living up to his father’s expectations of him and Nicks. Trying to always prove you to others is hard but for Norman he not only had these two men but his friends where he lived too.
Imagine having to see your father frozen in the snow and still not believing that he is gone. Imagine trying to safe another life and you can’t even with all of your knowledge and skill of skiing.
However, in the back of his mind throughout the book he always hears his father’s voice telling him to go on and never gives up.
Survival, courage, persistence, diligence and much more are only some words to describe him, even now.
After telling about the crash and what led up to it, Norman decides 27 years later to investigate the reason that the plane went down. Unfortunately, nothing can bring back his father, his girlfriend or the pilot, but we all need closure and we all need answers. Now, a father of a 6-year-old boy, Norman tries to balance the way he teaches his son Noah trying not to impose his passions on his son. Yet, in his words, “he feels obligated to expose Noah to my fathers’ passionate nature, his ability to live life to the fullest. Managing these opposing forces has always been a difficult balance.”
Finally, I did watch the video and read many articles about the crash. Listening to Norman’s words as an adult and watching the videos of the crash made this story even more real. Seeing him as an 11 year old child and listening to him recount the events, brought tears to my eyes, as did the ending of this book. I can tell you now that wherever your father is he is beaming at his Golden Child and proud of the man and father you have become.
I would more than recommend this that I read in one sitting and could not put down.
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Not Learning from History only Repeats itself, April 16, 2009
Luggage By Kroger is probably one of the first true crime books I have read that I wanted to shake the writer. The reason because he continued with a known insane person after he was warned by others, after he knew what she was capable of and after he had seen it first hand.