Afterglow: A Test of Human Spirit

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BalboaPress, Jun 5, 2012 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 158 pages
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How would you react if, in the midst of a heated argument, your daughter ran out of the room and stabbed herself three times in the stomach with a Bowie knife? This is what happened to me…but wait…there is more.

Afterglow is my story, a mother’s story. It begins at the funeral of my youngest child, Melanie. Page by page, I share the story of my early development, leading up to adulthood and two unsuccessful marriages. As my children grow, I learn that both my daughters have a genetic disorder called Ataxia. All during those volatile years I yearn for a foundation of stability for myself and my children. The Fates led me to spend a significant amount of time with a Seneca Elder who taught me many lessons about life. At the time, I didn’t realize how significant these lessons would prove to be.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1
1
Chapter 2
5
Chapter 3
7
Chapter 4
10
Chapter 5
12
Chapter 6
18
Chapter 7
23
Chapter 8
29
Chapter 12
53
Chapter 13
56
Chapter 14
61
Chapter 15
63
Chapter 16
69
Chapter 17
72
Chapter 18
79
Chapter 19
102

Chapter 9
34
Chapter 10
38
Chapter 11
46
Chapter 20
136
Epilogue
145
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About the author (2012)

Jean Vaughn is retired from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.  She was the editor of her bureau’s newsletter and wrote a monthly column on her Native American experiences for the local union newsletter.  In her retirement, she is a guest lecturer at the local community college, addressing international communications during travel.  Her writings and lectures come from a place of deep joy, passion, and commitment in the belief that we are here to help each other reach our full potential.

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