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When Mel Carney left the family farm, he attended St. Ambrose College and Notre Dame College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in theater and English. He received his master’s degree in marketing communications from Webster College. He served in Viet Nam as an Infantry Platoon Leader in the field. When he returned to the States, he married his wife, Barb, and together they have three grown children, Stacie, Pat and Ryan, who have given them six grandchildren. Mel sells computer software to wholesalers across the United States.
on Dec. 18, 2012 :
Tomorrow's Road Home will take you home again; home to the family, neighbors, teachers, church and community that have indelibly shaped your life. Mel Carney's warmhearted Christmas Stories will remind you, again, of the life lessons you acquired as an impressionable child from the significant others who have, indeed, influenced your tomorrows.
(reviewed 77 days after purchase)
on Nov. 25, 2012 :
Home for me was the community of Belgian/American immigrants and first and second generation Americans I grew up with. While, I am not from a rural setting, the stories and the lessons learned in each short story, reminded me so much of my own life growing up as a young man.
The author has given each of us through his experiences the ability to go back to our own. We grew up with people who were defined by family, character, religious values. hard work, honesty, education, and honor in all things.
Take the time and read a great book of short stories. Find yourself through an author who reawakens the memories of home.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Nov. 10, 2012 :
Do you want to go home? Home to that place in memory where we can smell the bread baking, hear the old stories, and feel the warmth that family gatherings bring? Read Mel Carney’s first book and be transported to a world filled with all those good things and more. Meet Grandpa Septer, hear the tales of growing up in an era we all remember, even if we were never there. As I read through the various chapters I found myself wanting to enter the discussion, as if I were on Facebook. I wanted to answer the questions, because they made me think and ponder life, my philosophies, and how I have to face the world each day. Life was simpler back then, but it was also just as complicated. Mel brings out thoughts that have hidden in our memories, and makes us face them. All in all a very worthwhile read, entertaining, compelling, and thought provoking.
(reviewed 41 days after purchase)