Fuggeddaboudit

      Gil VanWagner / History & Fiction
Fuggeddaboudit

An Alzheimer’s story. One person, Mallory, dealing with the impact on her world as her father disappears before her very eyes. This is a deeply personal and intimate story lived by thousands as they deal with this insidious disease. Mallory must make difficult choices as she and her family do their very best to take care of her father. In the process, Mallory learns the ins and outs as well.An Alzheimer’s story. One person, Mallory, dealing with the impact on her world as her father disappears before her very eyes. This is a deeply personal and intimate story lived by thousands as they deal with this insidious disease. Mallory must make difficult choices as she and her family do their very best to take care of her father. In the process, Mallory learns the ins and outs as well as the limitations of existing medical care for patients. Fortunately, she discovers “alternative” medicine and treatment. The combination helps her as she must choose how much she can do as she fights to save her father. Mallory does what family does………she rallies to her Father’s side even as his disease invades all aspects of her life. Keep her job or tend to him? Home health care? A full time health care facility as her father’s new home? Stick with what is covered by insurance? Pursue alternative care and solutions? All this while life goes on and her world spins out of control.There are a lot of Mallorys out there. Too many. “Fuggeddaboudit” is about hope and people doing their best at the worst of times. It is to inspire and comfort……as well to spark. We can and must do more. For Mallory and everyone like her. For her Dad and every one like him. The story begins at the end…..because she had to live it to share it.
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    The Voice of Reason, Part of the Paranormal Shorts

      Gil VanWagner / History & Fiction
The Voice of Reason, Part of the Paranormal Shorts

The Voice of Reason is part of a collection of short stories touching on the mystical, the inspirational and one that is sometimes laced with a little trip to the dark side. In this short story, Mary Percy finds that life sometimes presents the most unexpected hero in a form you least expect.Mary Percy can see nothing that will change her mother from mending her ways. Her father’s death had resulted in unhappy results for all three of them. When her mother drowns her troubles with drinks, Mary hardens herself to maintain sanity at all costs. She decides to celebrate her father’s life and memory by capturing the poetry that he wrote so intensely atop a cliff close to home. But when she meets Brad, Mary unravels the most unbecoming truth about her father, about the strange nature of life itself and the reason why betrayals sometimes leads to truth in the most unequivocal way.
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