The story of Eddie Hamilton and Matty Jacobs continues. Our boys have graduated from high school and are preparing for college--at different schools. We start with a graduation trip to London, continue through their work at Dad's church and then the dreaded separation.
Things start off quite smoothly and the arrangement works great for the first two years. It's during the boys' junior year of college when a major surprise appears and changes the entire family's life forever. Will the boys survive? Will there be a "happily ever after" in spite of the turn of events?
Saga in six parts describing the lives of two gay men surviving the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl Era of the 1930s-40s. Research, along with the comments from an oral history project were the inspirations for this tale spanning several decades in the US.
This story is autobiographical in nature, but I have made some modifications to protect the identities of those included in it. All the names have been changed, and in some cases things such as gender, locations, and sometimes familial compositions have been altered.
All that being said, this is MY truth, and it's time I released it so that I'm free to create from a place other than brokenness and sadness.
This will be dark, but there are spots of light in the great black. No void is truly empty when one gazes into it. The light from our eyes illuminates more than we realize.
Both relationships and friendships are tested when a chance encounter with a boy in Scotland leads to the protagonist having to make choices that will have a significant impact on the lives of others. The majority of characters are teenagers who must interact with dysfunctional adults and address contemporary issues that everyone faces in society, including the nuances of a niche-religion and how assumed beliefs can lead to an unexpected result when the characters and timelines eventually collide. This is a story where coming out of the closet isn't as big of a deal as confronting complex relationships and coping in the digital age.
Elijah sometimes feels as though he doesn't belong. He's still in the closet, and he is the only Jewish boy in the whole dorm. During the end of the school year, Elijah's friends make him feel included when they gift him a Jewish ornament, a menorah, to hang from the Christmas tree in the common room. When it goes missing overnight, the consequences threaten to spoil the holiday spirit for everyone. As Elijah pieces together what happened, he discovers more than one truth.
In the land between the rivers, near the banks of the river Tigris, lies a sleepy village where something dark is stirring. Epheriel, the angel assigned to watch over this village, senses hatred and ill will toward the village hero Jair, though it knows not from whom. Epheriel wants to protect Jair, who is the most beautiful mortal it has ever seen, but is it worth revealing divinity and risking the wrath of Heaven?
Colin is certain of his faith above all else, but when he finds it questioned, he is forced to make a decision that costs him dearly. Losing Daniel, a young man raised on the streets, has him reevaluating his relationship with his church, and with himself.
When Rick's friend and former girlfriend, Elizabeth, asks him to return to his hometown, so he can become the best man to her wedding, how can he say no? However, her older brother, Freddy, is also back in town and isn't too pleased with Rick's presence. What's his problem? Is he just protective of his sister? Or is there a deeper meaning behind his scowl that makes Rick wonders if coming back home to Middle America was a good idea?
Poems of suffering and peace from a nearly forgotten master. Hans Ehrenbaum-Degele was killed in action in July, 1915, 26 years of age. His partner and friends brought out his Das Tausendste Regiment ("The Thousandth Regiment") posthumously in 1917. Whether or not his work has been ignored because he was Gay, it's time to bring his name forward and place it with the other great WW1 poets, where he has always belonged.