Jim: Abandoned in Tall Grass

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AuthorHouse, Nov 23, 2011 - Fiction - 224 pages
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Dr. Weagley tells tales of times past. Academic degrees, business experiences, a military career, a devoted wife, and four wonderful children mix with his imagination to produce saga segues rooted in truth and faith.

Some of Dr. Weagleys stories are published and available: SEASCAPE, TRIBE ARPEGGIOS, WALLACE, and JED, each uniquely portraying justice and hope for the foolish, oppressed, and downtrodden.

JIM is a continuation of Dr. Weagleys efforts to appreciate those who unnecessarily suffer hardships in life, as if voice for the silenced.

Jim, an innocent 20th century protagonist, bounced against fates door, repeatedly. A loving family accidentally abandoned him while an infant barely capable of walking without a stagger. Rogue Apache rescued him from his plight in the 1890 Nebraska tall grass. His rescuers ushered a long march toward perdition salved by Grace administered by the Great Spirit. Jim avoided death, converted precarious situations into opportunities, and stood ultimately before a merciful God in order to receive a deserved blessing for a job well done.

Time and circumstance met patience and faith in Jims life, allowing Dr. Weagley to release his latent desire to tell character stories of the strong, gallant, diligent, and the fabled survivors who thrived in the face of distinct adversities.

Good and evil still reside side-by-side and only the dreamer can speculate with wonders that capture truth in the shadow shade of a Saving Grace.


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The sanctity of truth frequently evades when the flame fades to the darkness as if bowing to the will-o'-the-wisp corpse torch, a ghostly light term for a fantasy phantom sometimes seen at night or at twilight over bogs, swamps, and marshes.

During his life, the Reverend Doctor Ronald Lee Weagley donned many titles, not only son, grandson, nephew, boy, Ronnie, Private, Specialist, Lieutenant, Captain, Padre, Mister, Pastor, father, husband, Assistant to the Bishop, and “hey-you,” but also a few of the more colorful adjectives unprintable at this writing,. He lays claim to all and to none of the aforementioned, preferring additional more tranquil options: lover, husband, soul mate, dad, or friend. Our egos know our lists. Occasionally remorse delivers a taint tart’s bite of lemon for our palate as we wish we were more deserving of the privilege titles flashing in ones recall; but we are often know for what we do and not who we are actually.

Dr. Weagley was born Ronnie for some reason known only to his departed mother and father. His maternal grandfather Roy Franklin Hahn, who read the bible regularly, prayed incessantly, and invoked the deity at random, occasionally as a blessing and occasionally in wrath, contributed significantly to Dr. Weagley’s value system until later in life when congruity touched him in a religious environment.

A tour in Africa with the United States Army Security Agency as an enlisted Morse code operator /Traffic Analyst trailed with a business career as branch manager with a national loan company and over ten years in the United States Navy Reserve as a Chaplain. In addition, several years as a trucking company president’s staff member coupled with two academic degrees, two professional degrees and a myriad of continuing education experiences in homiletics, organization development, business management, pastoral ministry, and related areas, served him well in his vocation. Each contributed as if a straw in the flame of the wisp tale that declares light in darkness.

Dr. Weagley and his wife of fifty-three years, with four children, thirteen grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren, retired to retreat to a slower pace in service. Illness struck, pointing a new path. The paralytic virus Guillain-Barre Syndrome morphed his mode of operation from a stand-up robed preacher into a seated keyboard author telling tales, spinning yarns, and pontificating lucidly. His favorite phrase, “Seek and you shall find,” best captures as well as elaborates his life and his dreams while his sermons, services, and sincerity scream from the pages of his creative fiction works, rooted in reality, SEASCAPE, TRIBE ARPEGGIOS, WALLACE, JED, and JIM.

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