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    Red Dwyer’s Killing us Softly is a monumental book of heartfelt and practical advice for getting through and surviving the onslaught of cancer and death of a spouse.
    With the use of real time journal entries and blog posts, the author reaches out to readers in a unique way to guide them through all the emotions, responsibilities, and processes of being the caretaker of a marriage partner.
    Self-care and the care of the children are her primary focus, as she becomes the sole head of household and cup of love for her dying spouse and surviving family of nine children, three of whom are autistic.
    The book is supremely well-balanced in a way that has never been offered to the public before. The journal entries and blog posts draw us into her intimate life as she grieves privately yet exhibits her strength throughout and beyond the dying process. The focus is on helping the reader maneuver through the seemingly herculean feats of love and physical care which are assigned to the surviving spouse once the diagnosis of cancer is definite.
    From discussion on diagnosis and decisions to be made, through treatment and endgame, Red Dwyer holds our hand and shares with us her advice for not only surviving but also claiming our lives as we traverse this difficult and often hidden journey. She discusses the role of spirituality in the lives of the caretaking spouses, and the details of cancer treatment as a partner in the comfort of her loved one.
    Almost all of us are faced with treatment options at end of life, and many of us don’t face them until we are feeble and sick and not entirely in a place to make those decisions. While cancer has specific decisions to be made, Dwyer discusses the choices we all make when faced with extended treatment of a terminal illness or allowing nature to take its course.
    From diagnosis to hospice care, endgame and beyond, this author will be ultimately helpful to millions, who before this point have persevered and survived in silence.

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Flash in the Pan

Paper peonies and polyester pansies look out of place in the cut crystal vase centered on the nicked and stained butcher block table. For the third time, she waves dust from the sunbeam piercing the filmy, dining room window.

She straightens her hem across her lap, wondering why she cannot wear a wristwatch. Her watch is in the pillbox purse on the table in the foyer with her matching hat and gloves. Her mother would skin her alive if she knew there was a pinhole burnt in the middle finger of the left one.

She looks out the white chintz curtain, unseeingly. The doorbell ringing startles her.

She takes a deep breath and closes her eyes, hand on the doorknob. She swings the door open, spreads a sugary smile and welcomes the guests inside. As always, the company is for her mother. Lucky for her, this is the last time.

(c) Red Dwyer


Welcome to the newest M3 feature: Flash in the Pan. Over the course of the next few months, I will be assembling a book of flash fiction. For the month of July, the limit will be 150 words. The end of each post will give you the featured word if you would like to play along.

Tonight’s word is company…if you would like to join in the fun.

Why is the company there? Why is it the last time? Does flash fiction remind you of the Reader’s Digest?

(c) Ann Marie Dwyer 2012
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  1. Dammit! Your love button isn’t working again, is it you or me?

    This one is dark, just the way I like it, love it.
    Valentine Logar recently posted..Growing up Texas-My Fathers StoryMy Profile

    • I will be interested to see how many people see it as dark. You know me, so probably know my line of thinking. I think I am finally getting the hang of this short fiction thing.

  2. Do you use flash cards for flash fiction?
    Does Flash Gordon make an appearance?
    Bearman recently posted..Democrats and Justice RobertsMy Profile

    • Cards, yes. Gordon, not so much. I admit I had zero knowledge of superheroes until well into my twenties.

  3. ‘Flashes’ of brilliance, Red!
    spilledinkguy recently posted..Water LilyMy Profile

    • Glad you liked this. I am still in the water-wings stages of flash fiction.

  4. Oooh how ominous is the last line – I imagine hearing an evil laugh soon after! Flash fiction is so much fun :)
    Christy Birmingham recently posted..Canada Day Gets Its Own PoemMy Profile

    • That is one more vote for dark! Great to see you today. I hope you had a lovely Canada Day. {HUGZ} Red.

  5. Are there no limits for you woman!
    Well done. By the time I get my work to you…let’s assume that will happen….you will have completed 85 books and will be too famous to give a crap.
    Lorre recently posted..Based on a true story. Or is it?My Profile

  6. Ohhh I say dark too! yes dark dark.. kind of a happy dark though.. huh? I like it – great idea for a series :-)
    Always with Loves
    Lizzie Cracked recently posted..Gratitude is Not That Hard, Mid-Afternoon Mental MomentMy Profile

    • I think everyone is tapping into their inner darkness for this one :) Sweet. <3 Much love, Lizzie. xxx

  7. I’m not a fiction writer, Red, so admire those who can write fiction…this is wonderful and I loved the ending! I’ll look forward to reading more! :)
    LScott recently posted..HAPPY BIRTHDAY, USA! (Double Haiku)My Profile

    • I did not discover I could even write fiction until two years ago. Flash fiction has always been tough for me…terminal verbosity. I am hoping this takes off! xxx

  8. oh man i could see her closing the door with a sly smile…wow i always admire people who can weave stories in few words…loved it
    Soma Mukherjee recently posted..My Friend Deb ( Debbie Adams)My Profile

    • Hey! Me, too! It is a lot tougher than most imagine. I am determined to get a few winners out of the deal, though ;) Glad you liked this one, Soma. xxx

  9. Hi Love – i am just learning this Flash Fiction thing :)
    i see this as light …..
    i dunno why
    or why i don’t see it as dark ?

    i just see it as really great ….:)
    Love and more love xoxoxoxoxo
    Cat Forsley recently posted..What I’ve learned from my favourite artists . Cat Forsley ©My Profile

    • This one was just enough enigma to be either light or dark based on your frame of mind. For me flash is very much like poetry, just without the meter. You have a small space to ignite the story idea in your reader’s head. While my poetry has a tendency to be so explicit as to leave little wiggle room, this is really broad brush strokes with enough detail to trigger word association. I rather like it. It needs some practice because I am very new too it…compliments of my talented friend, Wendy Reid. {HUGZ} Red. xxx

  10. Cool :) i will learn :) xx
    gonna check your friend out
    Have a great night sweetheart xoxoxoxo
    Cat Forsley recently posted..What I’ve learned from my favourite artists . Cat Forsley ©My Profile

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