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Rocking Chair Reflections on "Hope Lives"

Good morning everyone. I want to speak on the story "Hope Lives" in A Scribe's Sentiments. For a limited time only, you can get the electronic copy of my short story anthology for less than one dollar. But act fast and click here.


Although there are currently reports touting that the unemployment rate is low, there are still so many people out there who live close to poverty, even homeless. All I have to do is travel close to the downtown area to see them.


I have never been homeless but I have been in dire straits. Where I had to take things day by day and whose income depended on government funding (ie, unemployment benefits).


"Hope Lives" is a remastered edition of a story I wrote back in 1996. It is the story of Willie, a man who had it all until a nasty divorce caused him to lose everything. The story begins with Willie feeling very ill and desperate to collect money to get some over-the-counter medicine. However, this all did not go well as shown in this segment:

Willie barely uttered the query for help before people barked at him to “get out of the way” or “go to a shelter”. To add further insult, his hands were stepped on because he wasn’t quick enough. Willie cried out in pain, which caused him to feel even sicker.


“My Lord,” Willie exclaimed, “death must be better than this Hell on Earth.”


Willie closed his eyes, waiting for the pain to go away by any means necessary.


Luckily for Willie, all of humanity wasn't cruel, for a random stranger found Willie in time to get him medical treatment. Upon his recovery, Willie gave his word that he would repay Hope's kindness.


Willie took the small steps to secure a job, even a small apartment. Later, Willie's divorce attorney presents news that turns Willie's life upside down.


Does the information provide fortune or misfortune? Will Willie ever see the helpful Hope again. Find out this and more in A Scribe's Sentiments.




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