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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

“What do you mean I can only have four? I need 24.” The young man twitched, put his hand in and out of his pocket twice and shifted his eyes somewhere off to the left and back.

“Look, I have four. Do you want them?”

“I need 24.”

Lester wondered if he was not understanding because he was too young to appreciate how expensive they were. “I have someone else who will buy them.” He tried to get the boy to make eye contact again. Lester wondered what he kept looking at in the distance.

“I need 24.”

Just as he was coming to the conclusion the boy was too stupid to take what he could get, Lester noticed the laser sight crawling up his torso toward his head.


Welcome to “Flash in the Pan”

This week’s word for Flash in the Pan is “understanding”. This idea came from a hatemailer. You can thank Consuela for this idea.

If you would like to play along with Flash in the Pan, use this week’s word in a flash fiction piece of 150 words or less. This week’s offering comes in a little light at 126 words. Be sure to link back to this post so others can join the game.

If enough people join Flash in the Pan, I will give it its own page and link out to all of your offerings. If you did a Flash in the Pan, but linked to M3’s homepage, I have no pingback from you. Your submission will not be added unless you link to the post where the word was offered, as I will group them according to the topics when I build the page.

What is the boy looking at in the distance? What is Lester selling? Do you think this is what Consuela had in mind with “understanding”?

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  1. great idea and I LOVED your story!
    Miss R recently posted..Where the fuck have you been?My Profile

  2. I may be wrong but I got a feeling this boy was in an ammunition shop,trying to buy cases of bullets looking out for any sign of police and in the end the shopkeeper sees that someone has already targeted this boy,most probably police
    Consuela wants you to write an epic( didnt ‘understand’ her comment the last time)..
    Soma Mukherjee recently posted..Trigger to TiggerMy Profile

    • Oh, that is great! I will just have to give Consuela some links. Mantra does not do requests ;)

  3. –I am never disappointed when I click over here, Red.

    I love your stories! <3
    My Inner Chick recently posted..A Letter To Her MurdererMy Profile

  4. Whatever he’s selling it could prove fatal! :)

    God Bless!

    prenin recently posted..Sunday – a trip to church…My Profile

  5. Red, this is an exceptionally executed story, (pardon the bad pun!) This is wonderful, and I never felt the end coming until I was there. Flash fiction is so difficult to write, an this story is seamless. Kudos! I look forward to many more!
    Gail Thornton recently posted..Poem – PublishedMy Profile

    • Thank you, Gail. I am only beginning with flash fiction. Thus far, my endings have been a surprise. I rather like the endings ;)

  6. Like your story. Hope to join one of these days. Love these challenges.
    tess kann recently posted..IS a Picture WORTH a Thousand Words?My Profile

    • Pick any one you like, Tess. I would love to see what you would do with some of them. <3

  7. My first thought was the same as Soma’s offering, but I’m also thinking that it is drugs, whereas the four has another potential buyer interested if Lester does not take them.
    Deb recently posted..For Andro: In The Darkness of the NightMy Profile

    • That is a good fit for the scenario. When I first read it, it was my initial take as well. Great to see you this morning, Deb <3

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