Rick Russo called a few months back. He asked if I'd be interested in helping with a project to benefit Waterville Hospice. I was glad to assist, but I didn't expect the experience to be so moving.
Six Maine writers with Colby connections—me, Rick, Wes McNair, Bill Roorbach, Susan Sterling, and Monica Wood—interviewed people who had been helped by Hospice programs. The interviews were transforming for all of us; the stories that emerged attempted to do justice to the strength, courage, and resilience of the subjects.
I wrote about Debbie and Ed Crocker, a couple from Skowhegan whose son, Erik, was killed in a car accident when he was 17. I can only hope that, God forbid, I am tested in the way the Crockers have been, I show the generosity and compassion they have shown. From the depths of despair, good things can come.
The book is a benefit for Hospice. It was published by Down East Books. You can read more about it or you can buy it online
Please excuse the shameless promotion; it's a good book about good people and it's a good cause.