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You can go home but… | by Linda Brendle

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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Book Review: Song in the Night: One Family’s Journey From Darkness To Dawn by Pamela Thorson

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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:

Website

Twitter 

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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

Book Signing next week in Alba, Texas | by Linda Brendle

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Blessings,

Linda

winding road Cover 25 percentA LONG AND WINDING ROAD: A Caregiver’s Tale of Life, Love, and Chaos

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Quotes from A Long and Winding Road – Yahoo Personal Ad| by Linda Brendle

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My first marriage ended in 1990 after twenty-three years. I was single again for ten years before the Lord brought David and me together. I learned a lot during those ten years including the fact that dating has changed a lot since I was a teenager.

Blessings,

Linda

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Quotes from A Long and Winding Road – No Place Feels Like Home | by Linda Brendle

No place feels like home

Many caregivers have experienced a time when their loved one wanted to go “home,” even though they were already in their place of residence. My understanding is that, because of their slide away from reality, people with Alzheimer’s and dementia always feel upset and frightened due to lack of understanding and loss of control. When they say they want to go home, they are seeking a place of familiarity and comfort, somewhere they can feel safe. As caregivers, we cannot take away their feelings of fear and displacement, but we can do our best to provide a stable environment for them and to make them feel as safe as possible wherever they are.

Blessings,

Linda

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Quotes from A Long and Winding Road – Honor and Privilege | by Linda Brendle

I have exciting news. A Long and Winding Road: A Caregiver’s Tale of Life, Love, and Chaos will be available in print some time in early 2015. I will share more details as I get them.

Honor and privilege

Blessings,

Linda

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All about Writing – Memoir | by Linda Brendle

Memoir

According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the word “memoir” comes from the Anglo-French word memorie, the Old French word memoire, and the Latin word memoria. All of these have similar meanings–a written record of things or events to be kept in mind or remembered.

When I began to write my memoir about Mom and Dad, I didn’t know the derivation of the word. I’m not sure I even realized I was writing in a specific genre. All I knew was that there were events that shouldn’t be forgotten and memories I wanted the capture. The human memory is fragile and weakens with time, but the written records live on.

Do you have memories and life events that should not be forgotten? Take time now while they are still vivid in your mind and make your own written record, your own memoir.

Blessings,

Linda

To read Chapter 1 of A Long and Winding Road, CLICK HERE.

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