To deny that important part of the story is not only living a fairy tale, but it is denying the reader the opportunity to learn from experience.
A family is a community of caring, sharing and support. By passing along the knowledge borne of surviving adversity and triumphing, we accumulate a collective wisdom. As family members and others read these stories they begin to recognize a shared set of values, strengths and traditions that make this tribe and clan unique.
Frequently it is the stories of life's traumas that have the greatest impact-both positive and negative, not only on the story teller, but on the reader. When we are able to share and transform those stories into lessons learned, tragedies overcome and adversity conquered, then as a group, we are able to reaffirm our place in the scheme of things. The experiences of one generation may strengthen the courage of convictions in future generations.
Preserving family heritage through written memories is one of the most beautiful and meaningful gifts a person can bestow upon those who come after us. I am so grateful to have had the privilege of working closely with Auntie Ruth Turman Smith and others who were willing to share their photos and remembrances of a time in history that changed the world.
Title: The Mc's - Life Stories Of Early Idaho Pioneers
Publishing House: TotalRecall Publications
Publication Date: 2/2/2009
I took a few breaths and looked out over the front hood of the vehicle, down the ravine and up the other side. No indication of movement anywhere. The SUV looked okay from what I could see. I turned away from the vehicle, maybe to head back, maybe to look around. I did neither immediately. I gasped. There just fifteen feet from where I was standing sat Rick Jimenez, the other reporter, as he had described himself that morning, for the town's newspaper. His face was contorted and covered with dried blood. His white shirt completely soaked in blood now drying in the hot sun. He was dead.
Ollie believes in premonitions sent by guardian angels, but has no warning of hardships to come with drought and The Great Depression.
Roy and Ollie start married life striving for a better future and a place of their own. Each chapter is an episode that illustrates different difficulties imposed by farm life.
Almost every year, Roy goes away to other states working to earn money to pay the mortgage on a home they buy. Ollie stays on the farm to harvest crops and care for the children. She struggles against wild animals, foraging pigs, sickness, storms, hunger, and neighbors that prowl night and day stealing everything they can including diapers, garden vegetables, harness, and cottonseed.
Ollie offers thanks for blessings she receives, giving credit to guardian angels for helping, but berates herself when she discounts premonitions of impending danger.
D Eric Sturdy captures the gritty details of Italian, Sicilian and American life in the shadows that inspires the dark motives in the players populating this historically-detailed and gripping tale. Not for the faint of heart.
Author: D Eric Sturdy
Publishing House: TotalRecall Publications
Publication Date: 4/14/2009
Ollie, born of Irish and Cherokee ancestry, is a middle child struggling to compete with an older sister and brother, yet showing unusual compassion for younger siblings. Accepting premonitions as guidance given by guardian angels, she displays wit and insight, yet sometimes incurs trouble when a stubborn nature overrules intuition.
The book begins with Ollie trying to get home after receiving a head injury in an attack by two boys'the same boys that she thinks raped her friend and murdered a girl in a nearby community. She remains in a coma for five days. While comatose, she recalls dramatic events of her first fifteen years'occasions that reflect the life of a gutsy girl. They include the death of a young friend, strangers that steal a gun, drunks chasing a man of black Indian descent, a strange lizard, a starving family, infection in a girl's foot, robbers at the wagon yard, stray dogs that save Ollie from panthers, Gypsies, a fight, remembering the Great War, an ungrateful tramp, a dying aunt, a rabbit hunt in the snow, a pie supper, a trip to a carnival, a promissory note, rape and murder of a young girl, and secrets shared with her best friend.
Ollie meets a young man and wavers between love and pursuing her dream of nursing. She chooses Roy and they begin repairing a two room sharecropper house where they will live and farm surrounding acres. Ollie has her first encounter with neighboring thieves when they attempt to steal her engagement ring, cook stove, and horse. Capable with the pistol she is wearing, Ollie reclaims her property and forces them to leave.