Keith and Brenda watched as the police car drove away with Tamara. As soon as the car turned a corner and was out of sight, Brenda sighed and looked desperately up at Keith.
“Keith, I need a hug,” Brenda said, as tears starting to run down her face. He hugged her and the two neighbors stayed in a tight embrace for over a minute.
When Brenda finally let go of Keith she asked, “Keith, can you come over to my house for coffee and maybe some pie or cookies?”
“I’m not working this afternoon. I’d be glad to come over. I think you need someone to talk to, my dear lady,” he answered.
“You couldn’t be more right about that,” Brenda said while letting out a huge sigh of relief.
Brenda owned a beautiful house in the Norwood Flats area of Winnipeg. She was now the sole owner of Brenda’s Cleaning Service. She had contracts with many major business offices in the city as well as having a solid base of residential clients. Brenda ran a successful janitorial service business that was known for its efficiency, reliability and charging reasonable and affordable prices for services rendered.
Before she set up her own janitorial company, Brenda had been a very successful and respected grade six teacher up until her last teaching assignment. During this time, Brenda was hit with a bombardment of both personal and professional crises. Her father had recently passed away after a long battle with prostate cancer and shortly after, the brother that Brenda felt the closest to was killed in a car accident by an impaired driver. That year the school that she worked at underwent a change of administration. Brenda now had to adjust to two administrators who had both decided that Brenda’s performance as a teacher was now below the minimum standards.
This series of crises, all coming together around the same time period, eventually pushed Brenda over the edge.
Things came to head on the day that one of Brenda’s colleagues found her in the staff shower room trying to hang yourself. A one -month compulsory hospitalization in a psychiatric ward, followed by two years of staying at home collecting long-term disability benefits effectively ended Brenda Cameo’s teaching career.
Reading,Writing, Aging and D epression
Where Do You Go From Here?
After getting my first two books published I took a couple of days off. Then the urge to continue writing came back with a vengeance. My challenge now is whether to continue reading books on marketing your self- published writing or do I start working on another writing project. The sensible thing is to plan to do both, splitting my time between the two different facets of being a published author. I also need to continue updating my blogs which is what I’m doing right now.
Fortunately, I have lots of Kindle books to read on writing, self-publishing and marketing. Also, I have three writing projects in the can that I was trying to write concurrently with the books that I have already published. I am also doing my research on Goodreads. Today I set up my author’s page on Goodreads and I am going to study up on how I can add this vehicle to my writer’s platform.
I’m going to release some of my best writing from my work in progress novel, The Lake Demon.What follows is excerpt number 1.
“Okay, you said earlier that your grandfather claimed to have seen Ogopogo,” said Garry.
“That’s what he claimed,” answered Wally.
“All right. Where was your grandpa and what was he doing when he had his sighting?”
‘Man, you really are interested in this cryptozoology stuff,” Wally commented.
“I come upon it naturally.
My father is Dr. Lionel Phelge, the marine biologist. He is really into all that stuff. Sasquatch, the Loch Ness monster, Ogopogo, you name it. He downloaded the whole History Channel collection of Monster Quest videos,” answered Garry.
“Okay. That explains it. To answer your question my grandpa, Winston, was out in a boat one sunny afternoon hoping to learn something about the underwater plant life in Lake Okanogan. He brought a young diver, named Cody Hansen, along who he outfitted with an underwater camera.
Gramps was hoping that his diver would find some colorful specimens of plant life near the bottom of Lake Okanogan. As the diver was shooting the video, old Winston could watch him on the laptop he had on his boat. He also had a microphone hooked up to the diver so that he could communicate with him.”
Winston was taking a sip of his coffee when he looked at the screen of his laptop and saw a cloud of dust surrounding the area where his diver was supposed to be. Gramps became very worried and spoke into the microphone connected to Cody’s, “What’s happening Cody? I can’t see you?”
“I can’t see anything either. One second I saw this snake like head about ten metres away from me and the next thing I knew I couldn’t see anything. The water became clouded over by sand dust. I’m on my way up,” answered the young diver.
In less than two minutes Cody was seen surfacing. Gramps helped him onto the boat.
“How are you doing, son?” asked Gramps.
Cody stood there trembling for a few seconds and then slumped into a chair.
“It was horrible Winston. I saw a creature down there that shouldn’t be there. Judging by the size of its head it’s probably huge. I’ll tell you this. There’s no way I’m going back down there for a second look.”
“I understand son but I need to know exactly what it was you saw,” said Winston helping Cody out of his diving gear.
“I saw something that looked like the head of an anaconda. It’s eyes looked red and were bright like headlights. I only got a glimpse of it but that was enough for me. Oh, man I think I shit myself while I was down there.”
“Don’t be embarrassed, son. You just got the scare of your life,” Gramps told Cody.
“Damn rights. I’m going to have nightmares about this for months,” said Cody.
“Unfortunately, you probably will. Do you want a smoke?’’
“Yes, please. Do we have any cigarettes on board?” asked Cody.
“I always keep a spare pack in my desk drawer on the boat. For emergency situations only,” Gramps told him.
“Well, I’d sure call this an emergency. After I have my smoke I’m going down to the lower deck to get cleaned up.”
“Sure thing. Take your time. I only want you to tell me one thing. Do you care if I tell my supervisor about your experience?”
“Go ahead. He’ll just laugh. He’ll think that we’re trying to pull his leg.”
“Most likely. But while you’re getting yourself settled I’m going to write up an incident report and I’ll need you to sign it too.”
“No problem, Chief, but I’ll say it again. Your boss, Ray Hartley, is not going to take this seriously.”
“That’s probably true but I do,” Gramps answered.
Do You Trust Me?
This afternoon I heard God speaking to my heart (in other words I didn’t hear an audible voice), but I knew it was Him trying to get something important across to me and it was even meant for others to hear. That’s why I’m writing this blog post.
I was talking to my wife this morning and a paraphrase of the following message was given to me. I know that there are likely many of you who think it’s unlikely that God would use me as His communication tool. My answer to this is that God once spoke via a mule. Check out Numbers 22:28 in the Bible.
As I mentioned in a previous blog post I am presently up against a sizeable mountain in my own life. It reminds me of the Elvis Presley song, ‘You Gave Me a Mountain’.
In relation to my mountain God said, “What about it Ken? Do you trust Me to get you out of this mess and into a favorable place? Or more generally, do you trust Me with your life?”
In twelve step recovery groups they use Step Three which says, ‘Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understand Him.” I’m glad that the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous added “as we understand him” to step three as I often do not understand God.
Taking Step Three is a huge step as it means that we are surrendering our control over a person or situation and are leaving the problem in God’s hands. This is where the rubber meets the road. We are putting total trust in God’s abilities and compassion toward us.
God always gives us a choice. He told me,” If you want to Ken, you can carry this burden yourself. I won’t try to stop you from worrying, losing sleep, getting all stressed out and all the other delightful joys of being your own boss. Like Frank Sinatra, you can say, “I did it my way.”
“Or, on the other hand you can leave your problems with me and trust Me for a favorable outcome.”
I choose the second option.
The Squared Circle Blog by Ken David Stewart
Volume 1 First Post (Part One)
A Review of Summer Slam, August 17, 2014
Having watched Summer Slam yesterday evening, I would give it an overall score of 4 out of 5 stars.
The Kickoff Show was very good and featured a match between Cesaro and RVD. This was a well fought match and ended in somewhat of an upset by RVD. I am very happy to see RVD come out the winner. He has not won too many matches since his return to the WWE. This was a big win for him which should start him on the road to picking up more victories.
The first match of the official start of Summer Slam featured The Miz vs Dolph Ziggler. Like RVD, Dolph has played the role of the journeyman wrestler. Good enough for an early spot on the wrestling card but supposedly lacking the skill set to be a top card draw. Personally, I can’t stand the Miz. I was glad to see Dolph Ziggler win The Intercontinental Championship because he has worked hard and deserves it. I would be happy to watch any wrestler beat The Miz with the possible exception of Bo Dallas.
In the women’s championship match, Paige defeated A. J. Lee to win the title back. This title has gone back and forth between these two divas a couple of times now. I don’t know how long the WWE can keep having the same two competitors in a similar type match. Even the best rivalries get old after a while. On a side note, Paige does not skip as well as A.J. Lee.
I was disappointed by the end result in the the Jack Swagger vs Rusev match. Over the last month Jack Swagger has gone way up in my estimation. Although it’s true that Swagger doesn’t win very often he gives an all- out performance.
The lumberjack match between Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins should have been scheduled as the evening’s main event. This was indeed the most exciting lumberjack match that I have ever seen. I just wish that Kane could be kept in the dressing room so that he wouldn’t interfere in any more matches. I know. Fat chance of that happening any time soon. See you soon for Part Two of this article.
About The Author (Part Three):
Fortunately, I have other interests besides reading and writing fiction and blogs. I have greatly enjoyed listening to rock and roll music since I was five years old. The first recording artist that I listened to was Elvis Presley. My worse memory of that time period was falling down the basement stairs and breaking one of my Elvis Presley LPs. Needless to say this incident brought tears to a young lad’s eyes. Several years passed before I started taking a serious interest in listening to music again. By this time I was twelve years old and watched the first appearance of The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show. I think that the very next week I asked my mother for money to buy the first two Beatles singles that were released in Canada. These two 45s were She Loves You and I Want To Hold Your Hand.
The Beatles were my favourite band up until the time I first saw The Rolling Stones for the first time on The Dean Martin Show.
Since that time I have become fans of more bands than I can remember. The two most recent bands that I have liked have been Nirvana and Motorhead.
Although I have little musical ability I enjoy practising both regular guitar and bass guitar. With the bass guitar I mostly practise scales and play some songs from my bass tab books. I have bass tab song books by The Beatles, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. I also have a ton of regular guitar tab songbooks by a variety of musical artists.