On caregivers, faith, family, and writing…

Published in the Rains County Leader on May 24, 2016:

MHS SkeeterThomas Wolfe wrote a novel titled “You Can’t Go Home Again” that was published in 1940. I’m not sure I agree with him. Sometimes you can go home, but you may have no idea where you are.

I was born in Merkel, a tiny town in west Texas, and when I was three, we moved to Snyder, a slightly larger small town. When I was seven, we moved to Mesquite, a Dallas suburb which at that time had a population of approximately 1,500 people. I graduated from Mesquite High School (the original one) in 1965 and continued to live there until I was first married in 1967, so when I think of going home, I think of Mesquite.
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This was published by the Rains County Leader on May 17, 2016:

Kitty lounging in the condoKitty has continued to be angelic – either that or we have lowered our expectations. It’s probably a bit of both.

Since I bought her Kitty condo, she has spent many hours in it – staring out the window, sleeping, finding loose threads and chewing on them. When she tires of that, she plays with the curtains or tries to climb the mini-blind that I have pulled halfway up the window trying to get it out of her reach. We’re thinking about removing both the curtain and the blind to avoid arguing with her. As I said, we’ve lowered our expectations. Read the rest of this entry »

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Blurb: Recreating yourself in a new place can be a dream come true for most teens. Doing so out of duty to a dying race is a different story. Wren Hemsky would have been satisfied just being her shy, reclusive self when her father moved their family to a small farm town in the Midwest. The inherited farm holds dark family secrets that awakens a new reality in the seventeen year-old Wren. Her yearning for truth is hindered when she is pursued by a bully, who is obsessed with her. To add to her new complicated life, she must balance her brother, David, who is normally controlled by medication. The pressure intensifies as Wren falls for the egocentric and reclusive Arden, who may hold the answers she is looking for. Arden is dark and unlike normal humans, causing Wren’s quiet life to come to a screeching halt. Wren must battle a tyrant while falling for a strange boy, forgive and seek help from an angry brother all while uncovering a secret that may prove her the most monstrous of them all.

Review: Reading The Cold Room by Carolyn Filetti was an unusual experience for me. I haven’t read any fantasy since David and I decided to re-read The Chronicles of Narnia Read the rest of this entry »

Published in Rains County Leader on May 10, 2016:

grandchildren are funBeing a mother is a wonderful experience that is surpassed by little else in this world. However, there is a certain freedom about being a grandma that makes it a lot more fun. Several years ago, David and I stayed with our two grandchildren for a few days while Christian and Amy celebrated his birthday in Las Vegas. Here are a few thoughts I jotted down after that experience.

You might be a grandma if: Read the rest of this entry »

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Blurb: As a young Christian, Kevin Thorson was a normal, healthy 19-year-old. Music was his life, and he planned to play his guitar and use his talents for God. Abruptly, all seemed to end July 11, 1997.

His mother recalls the words from that dreaded phone call: Pam, you need to sit down… Kevin has been in an accident… paralyzed… ventilator… hospital… She could only comprehend the bits in between those horrifying words. Kevin was lying paralyzed on a ventilator in a foreign country with a broken neck.

Pam Thorson recounts the true story of her family’s nightmare as they struggled to live out their faith in the face of impossible odds. Song of the Night traces the journey of her family to find peace in the midst of so much darkness.

Review: “Mom, I’ve been thinking. I don’t want to do something easy for God. I want to do something hard for Him. I have asked Him to send me to a hard place.”

Shortly after sharing this aspiration with his mother, Kevin Thorson finds himself in a place where life is not just hard but it is impossible to move from the neck down or even to breathe without help. A Song in the Night: One Family’s Journey from Darkness to Dawn is the story of the hard place where Kevin and his loved ones have lived since that day in July when he failed to complete a back flip successfully. It is the heart cry of a mother who will do literally anything to hang on to the fragile life of her son.

Song is also the story of a remarkable family who is willing to restructure not only their home but also their lives to care for a loved one in need. Siblings fight, not for the attention they feel they are missing, but rather for the privilege of learning new skills and using those skills to help their brother. Husband and wife seem to neglect their marriage only to grow closer to each other. Through all the tribulation, the entire family grows closer to God.

In telling her story, Pamela Thorson writes about the faith, the hope, and the love; but she also writes about the doubt, the fear, the exhaustion, the anger, and the despair. Song in the Night is both heartbreaking and uplifting as the reader witnesses a group of people who refuse to give up as they move from darkness to dawn, from tragedy to miracle.

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Pam Thorson

Author: Pam was born at the Millington Naval Base outside of Memphis, Tennessee, the first child of a Wisconsin navy seaman and a Southern belle. Her early life was marked by many moves around the country as her father pursued a career in broadcasting. After traveling throughout the deep South and the Pacific Northwest, the family finally settled on the Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) reservation in Idaho. Pam met her wonderful husband during college, set her roots down deep along the banks of the Clearwater River, and happily began a home and family.

Pam and Aaron educated all five of their children at home. They began homeschooling in 1982 and graduated their youngest daughter in 2006. Pam and Aaron have been married forty-one years. They have five grown children, two sets of precious in-laws, and two beautiful granddaughters.

Pam has long loved to write. She began writing for the local college newspaper and homeschooling group. Later she authored many devotionals for her church and an article for Evangel. In 2008 she wrote Song in the Night, the true account of her son’s injury in Canada, their fight to keep the doctors from pulling the plug, and the subsequent journey back home. Her second book is due for release by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas in early 2014.

In 2000, Pam became certified as a nurses’ aide to care for their injured son. She and her family have operated a certified family home licensed by the state of Idaho since 2000. In 2011, she completed the practical nurse program at Walla Walla Community College and earned her license as an LPN.

Her conversion to the Lord Jesus Christ in 1975 set her on a journey with her Savior spanning nearly four decades. Her love for and devotion to life has come from this association with her Creator. Pam adores her husband, her family, and friends. She enjoys her beautiful little log home, good coffee, the sound of the river at night, and just about any kind of Christian music.

Visit Pam here:

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Also read previous posts about Pam and her work:

Interview Part 1

Interview Part 2

Review of Out from the Shadows

Blessings,

Linda

Published in the Rains County Leader on May 3, 2016:

The last couple of weeks have been a time of counting blessings at the Brendle house. Nothing really big, but like dynamite, blessings often come in small packages. I’d like to tell you about three of ours.

Poke Salad AnnieThe first was poke salad. Until we moved to Emory, all I knew about poke salad was that it was the subject of an Elvis song from the late sixties. Then, two years ago, someone brought some poke salad to the Senior Center. David and I checked it out and realized we had lots of it growing around our back yard. I had heard a lot of stories about the dangers of the green, so I did some on-line research and harvested some. Both of us enjoyed it, and neither of us suffered any ill effects, so I added it to my list of menu items. Read the rest of this entry »

my cat from hellA lot has changed in Kitty’s life since the last time I devoted a complete column to her. Most of the changes began when David discovered a program on Animal Planet called “My Cat from Hell.” I don’t think he really believed Kitty was that bad, but he thought he might find some tips on how to restrain some of her more irritating habits, like scratching on the furniture and using our bare feet for toys. Read the rest of this entry »

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