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I’ve been a listener nearly all of my life. As a physician, listening was essential to making an accurate diagnosis; it was natural. As I listened to patients and friends, more people chose to share stories. Listening to them showed a bit more of the culture of Marsden.
This collection started years ago as a back porch conversation with a fisherman in coastal North Carolina. Other stories were added and evolved into a collection that I hope reflects the uniqueness and diversity of the people of Marsden. Each of these stories started with a kernel of truth, bouncing around until the finished story was ready to come out onto the page.
A combination of luck, encouragement from writing enthusiasts and a period of enforced inactivity was the push needed to finish.
My interest includes medical carpentry: a merging of medicine, computer art, and carpentry. My favorite project is creating finger labyrinths for relaxation therapy in patients. I’ve donated the labyrinths to autistic children and chemotherapy patients to help them relax. Check out my travel blog at http://year-of-adventure.typepad.com/yearofadventure/ for more on the labyrinth project.