They say every face in a crowd has a story to tell, this is my story..

The news shows and newspapers all called it 'Road Rage'. To me that sounded like a disease, an affliction that can make you kill. A sorry excuse to take the claw end of a hammer and slam it repeatedly into the skull of a human being. In April of 1999 my little brother passed away. Doesn't passed away sound so gentle, even normal? David's death was neither. It was murder. He was found lying in a strangers driveway in a pool of blood. He had been punched, stomped and beaten over his entire body. I still have so many questions. I wrote this book at first for therapy and then for answers. I have found a few. I mainly realized l lost a brother tragically and senselessly. Like every other face in the crowd I have a story..and I want to share my story with you! PUBLICATION DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED LATE SUMMER/EARLY FALL :)

Friday, July 16, 2010

Friday Fragments

Where do I start? Michael (my stepson) was in a motorcycle accident 3 weeks ago and continues to be in critical condition in ICU. The good news is he woke up yesterday and recognizes everyone and can shake his head yes or no. Because of the ventilator he still cannot speak. Thank you to all who have sent good thoughts and prayers his way..they are to just get out of ICU would really put my mind at ease!
Yesterday my family had yet another trauma; my 8 year old grandson Dominic had a 50 pound pole go through his leg..Miraculously no bones were broken and 80+ stitches later; he will be okay. He is in a lot of pain and very scared but he will be fine! I put a photo of him and Michael all the way down and while you are scrolling down there you will see the link to the wonderful Mrs.4444 who hosts Friday Fragments every week and also a link for over 40 bloggers!
While my husband and I have been occasionally going to work and spending every other second at the hospital; our 2 dogs are being terrible. They have a doggy door and our homeless lady to make sure they have food and water but they have now peed on every pair of shoes I own and all over the house. Do you think they want me to stay home? LOL!
I am so behind in my writing and blogging and am so sorry I will be back to visit all of you real soon; I promise..
My garden is growing like crazy and I have barely had 2 minutes to give it any attention..the rotten squirrels are eating my tomatoes and I do not have any time to go get anything to keep them away..maybe this weekend I can send someone..
Baby Peyton is already 6 weeks old and Adriana is walking..My sweet daughter brought her to the hospital so I could see her walk just when I needed a smile the most..


  1. thanks for stopping by my blog today.
    I hope the blogging can give you a little needed distraction from all that is going on.
    All the best.

  2. Glad things are going better with Michael. Hope things continue to go well for him.

  3. Way to go Michael and Adriana! Hope they are walking together soon. XO!

  4. I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

    I'm visiting via Follow Friday 40 and Over and am your newest Follower :)

    ~ Jill

  5. Oh, jeez! Still in ICU?! I'm so glad he was conscious and aware, though. I'll keep him in my prayers.

    And your poor grandson! Sounds like a freak accident! 80 stitches?! Poor kid. Glad it wasn't worse..

    Here's to more time with your pups!

  6. Oh my goodness, sending prayers and good thoughts your way for your grandson and stepson!

  7. Continued prayers for your nephew and whole family, and then your grandson with his 80 stitches! You have way more than you can handle! I am glad though that your granddaughters were there to give a smile. Take care.

  8. Hoping (and said a prayer) for all of you. God Bless!

  9. Well DANG Girlfriend, you've got quite a full plate there. I'd say this black cloud hanging over your family's head needs to get pushed away big time. Many prayers to your step-son, but at least he's awake now to help the healing. Your poor grandson goodness I hope he's going to be alright too! This homeless person you gave her a roof over her head maybe she could start picking up some slack for you like at least chasing away the squirrels for heavens sake. How old is she? Thanks for stopping by. Your family & especially you are in my prayers & wishes of good things for you. I am your latest follower. Nice to meet you my friend. Take care. I'll be back to read some of these goings on.

  10. Oh my goodness!! You have been put through the wringer! Our oldest son's best friend (like our own son) was hit by a tractor trailer about a month ago...also almost died, and had to have his leg amputated. Being on the road anymore is so scary!! Sending my prayers for your stepson and your grandson!

    Thanks for stopping by for Follow Friday 40 and Over! I'm already following you with all of my blogs. :)

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  11. I'm sorry to hear about all these accidents, but it's great that they are recovering. Family comes first of course, so just let that garden grow.

  12. @XMAS Dolly, our homeless lady is 83 and I did a post on her called "the stranger in my recliner" there you can get the low down on Sophie!
    @Tree; I feel like I have been rung out. What a horrible tragedy for your son's friend and yes it is so scary being on the road these days and being in the ICU just brings up horrific memories for me of my own brother..I will be so happy once he is stable enough to be out of there!
    @Matty; right now I have no choice but to let it grow and I am looking forward to enjoying it one day soon!

  13. I'm so sorry to hear about the accidents. Praying for your family and ((hugs)) to you.

    I'm a new follower of your lovely blog. So glad we connected.

  14. You have been through alot. I was reading about your brother too. You are an awesome writer!

  15. wow... thats enough to drive someone a little nutso! hang in there!!!

  16. Wow. When it rains it pours. Sending you and your family good wishes.

  17. Sorry to hear your stepson was in accident. My son was in motorcycle accident on 7/5/10. My son is fine the motercycle is totaled. God was with my son. Thank for following my blog. Im now following back.

  18. Doreen - sounds as like you are going through quite a rough patch. So sorry to hear it...stopping by from "The Missing Piece" ... hope to come back and visit. Good wishes to you and your family at this tough time.

  19. You most certainly have a story to tell! I'm terribly sorry your family is going through these difficult moments. Thank God your stepson and grandson are doing better. I wanted to thank you for stopping by my blog for the Over 40 bloghop, just became your new follower. I also am writing a book and am really impressed with what you are doing here. Best wishes.

  20. I am so sorry to hear about the accidents but glad to hear that everyone will be ok.. My husband quit riding after he saw an accident also. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment... You Rock!!!

  21. Sending lots of positive thoughts your way. Glad that everyone is on the mend. :-)

  22. Doreen,
    Thanks for visiting my wordpress blog through Over 40 Blog Hop. When I came over here today, I realized that I'd been here Friday was a week ago. I began following you through my blogspot blog that day(it's easier).
    I am so sorry that so much trauma is in your life at this time, but it sounds like things are heading in the right direction :)but I am sorry about the latest accident!
    Bless your poor doggie babies. They surely don't understand...
    You mentioned in your comment that you were trying to figure out how to follow my blog ( Kathy) To add it to your blog list, you go to blogger dashboard, click design tab, click my bloglist, type in the address, then click add to list. It's a little more complicated since this blog is on wordpress instead of blogspot.
    I follow your blog--and all blogspot blogs through my 2nd blog which is on blogspot, because it's easier for me. I am known as maddie/cadesmimi on that blog. I know, why can't things be simple???
    My prayers go out to you and your family. May things continue on an upward trend!

  23. I'm sending you a virtual hug. You and your family are in my thoughts.

    What a tough time. Please take care of yourself.

  24. Oh my goodness you need a hug! I came to thank you for following my blog, and I'm a current follower of yours, when I saw this post and then started catching up on previous posts. I've got you and your family in my thoughts.

    Take care!

  25. As a mama who's spent months with her boy in the CCU, know that I am praying for your dear step son ! What a week you've had - enough - time to heal and for everyone to get better !!!!!

    thank you for stopping by Lavender Hill....
    your newest follower,

  26. Doreen,
    My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. So much senseless pain and grief. I am glad to hear that your family members are improving.

    The pups are worried you are lost they want you to find your way home. But it is one more frustration you could do without.

    When I was in the hospital they allowed him to bring one of our rovers to see me. Did us both a world of good. As your step son heals they might allow a visit in the courtyard if there is one. Pet therapy is so very powerful.

    I am your newest follower. Thanks for commenting on my post at

    If you would like some chuckles one of my other blogs has many stories of "Baby" and her antics. Baby is our black lab puppy

  27. Doreen, You dear sweet person. With all your pain, work, and grief, you stopped and commented on my blog. Things seem to pile up in bunches but thank goodness where there's a peak, there's a valley. I can see the mountains from my window and have often thought about the majestic peaks. If those little valleys were not in-between, there would be no mountains ..... just one long ridge. Your valley will soon give you respite. Good luck to you.

  28. Hi Doreen, this is Mary from JamfiesCreations1. Thank you so much for the wonderful message. I now follow your blog.

    Blessings, Mary O

  29. Oh, what a stressful time you're having! You deserve to have someone pack up a nice afternoon tea, with all the pretty sandwiches and cookies, and bring it down to the hospital so you can have a little something special to help get you through. So glad there's some good news in all of this!

  30. Oh what a tough time for you and your family - I so hope both your stepson and grandson make full and speedy recoveries. So glad you got a little ray of sunshine brought to you by your very lovely daughter in the shape of your granddaughter walking.

  31. I'm so sorry to hear about what happened to your brother and look forward to your book about these events. But I'm glad there's better news regarding your step-son. I hope he'll be up around and taking this as a life lesson to be more careful. Thanks for your comment and visit to my blog. I'm following you now, so I'll be keeping up with your dogs and ongoing saga, smiles. We've all been there - so whenever you can comment back or update your blog - people will understand. Take care.


  32. prayers,prayers,lots of prayers coming your way! Katherine

  33. Hi! Thanks for stopping by and following my blog.
    I'm glad things are getting better for your son and grandson. What a lot to go through!
    I hope through your book about your brother, you will be able to get some questions answered.
    I look forward to reading more!
    Laura @

  34. Hi,
    Thank-you for stopping by my blog.
    I am following your blog back.
    Have a wonderful week.

  35. Thank you for stopping by. I will be praying for your Michael and following you.

  36. You have really been through it lately! Prayers for Michael. I have three dogs who misbehave when I'm away...Well, let's face it, they misbehave when I'm home too! Thanks for stalking me through Over 40...I'm stalkin you back...

  37. I found your blog finally. I knew I should so I pursued it. I have a brother that was murdered his home...shot. I am praying for your sweet grandson. I had to laugh at the dogs peeing on your shoes. I had one that would punish me by peeing in my closet. He would wait until I returned home first and then...go pee.

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  39. Hi Doreen
    Firstly I'd like to say it's an honour to follow you & I look forward to sharing in your writing (and catching up on previous posts).
    Secondly, I hope Michael continues to make good progress and that your grandson makes a full recovery and can put his trauma behind him.
    My heart goes out to you regarding your brother (hugs) - you must be a remarkable lady to have come so far - and I wish you every success with your story.
    Thanks for paying me a visit :) it's appreciated.
    Hugs, Gill

  40. Hi I just found you through Friday Follow over 40 I am your newest follower, love your blog and how true everyone does have a story, yours is incrediably sad...I am so sorry