I'm a recovering alcoholic, who is chronicling my life stories in a trilogy of books. The first one "Damaged Merchandise." spans ten years and my awakening into a life of writing and poetry. The prequel to this book, "War Zone," tells of my struggles with family and life during my first two years of sobriety. The prequel to that book is from childhood to addiction and is still being written.
Not only do I write about addictions and co-dependency, but I share my life as a caretaker for a cancer survivor, veteran issues and spirituality.
I was a 2006 United States Poetry Ambassador and write a weekly newspaper column showcasing the poetic talents of southeast Nebraska and northeast Kansas.
Besides working on my third book, a project I've been dreaming about for a few years is turning 10-12 of my poems into songs. The poems would all be about cancer survivors and their caretakers. If successful a CD would be produced and sold as a fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society. This is strictly a non-profit adventure.
My video "A Thousand Times," is the first and so far only "poem to song" conversion at this time. Any suggestions or ideas how to help with this project - please let me know.
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You're working with some very powerful yet very healing concepts Dave. Having served as a caregiver for a very challenging decade of my life, I can appreciate your current endeavors and wish you much success on your journey.
Thanks for being my friend, and I'm glad that you are from NJ. I know what you mean about the pain, suicide has always been associated with shame, blame, and the guilt is the worst. You are right, writing my book was very theraputic for me, and mostly my husband. He couldn't even tell anyone that his daughter committed suicide, and now he doesn't seem to hurt so much when he talks about it.
Thanks for your kind words,