Love is the Thread centers on the friendship between two women, one snared in a life-long struggle with bipolar disorder, the other reweaving her life after an abusive relationship. Spirituality, encounters with nature, and vacations on the Delaware shore form the threads of a friendship as varied and closely knit as the stitches in a handmade sweater.
From the discovery of hidden colors in fresh snow to the satisfaction of teaching a young nephew to knit, Love is the Thread savors life's small glories, ultimate challenges, and all the moments of humor and tenderness in between.
Leslie Moïse writes memoir, historical, and fairy tale inspired fiction, a logical progression since her Ph.D. included an emphasis on nineteenth century women's fairy tales. She is also author of the historical novel Judith, which is based on the apocryphal Book of Judith. When not at work on her own writing, she loves to help others bring their stories to life. She lives in Kentucky.
This book/journal, which is
entitled In the Light of Darkness, is based on the author’s personal journey
through deep depression, darkness, despair, hopelessness, suicide and back
because of a lifetime of bipolar depression and eighteen years of sibling
violence (domestic violence) in his home. Along with the bipolar depression,
because of the abuse, he was also diagnosed with post-traumatic stress
disorder. Oftentimes, there is a direct correlation between the two, mirror
images of each other.
Both of these social stigmas are
largely overlooked—and this book was written to bring about and raise awareness
concerning these toxic taboos, which have been hush-hush and swept under the
rug of our social consciousness for far too long.
You may not always see the
bruises or signs of deep, dark depression, but look closer, listen, and talk to
people who are suffering. Show them you truly care and love them and that you
are there for them no matter what they are going through because they matter.
Let’s stop the madness. Tell someone and/or seek professional help.
This book is Wade Robinson’s story and is an
intriguing, in-depth, dark journey through life and death.
"Shattering, haunting, humbling and ultimately triumphant, this poetic memoir takes us deep into a damaged brain and the courageous crawl back to a reclaimed life," says Kathleen Adams, LPC, director of the Center for Journal Therapy & Therapeutic Writing Institute. "Language, once lost, returns to shimmer on the page, each poem and altar to the angel's promise that in trauma there is transformation. This collection will surely provide hope, identification, and voice for those who struggle with TBI, and those who love and serve them. It is a brilliant and urgently needed addition to the literature in therapeutic writing."
On October 3, 2005, Kapacziewski and his soldiers were coming to the end of their tour in Northern Iraq when their convoy was attacked by enemy fighters. A grenade fell through the gunner's hatch and exploded, shattering Kapacziewski's right leg below the knee, damaging his right hip, and severing a nerve and artery in his right arm.
He endured more than forty surgeries, but his right leg still wasn't healing as he had hoped, so in March 2007, Kapacziewski chose to have it amputated with one goal in mind: to return to the line and serve alongside his fellow Rangers. One year after his surgery, Kapacziewski accomplished his goal: he was put back on the line, as a squad leader of his Army Ranger Regiment.
On April 19, 2010, during his ninth combat deployment (and fifth after losing his leg), Kapacziewski's patrol ran into an ambush outside a village in eastern Afghanistan. After a fellow Ranger fell to withering enemy fire, shot through the belly, Sergeant Kap and another soldier dragged him seventy-five yards to safety and administered first aid that saved his life while heavy machineguns tried to kill them. His actions earned him an Army Commendation Medal with "V" for Valor. He had previously been awarded a Bronze Star for Valor—and a total of three Purple Hearts for combat wounds.
Back in the Fight is an inspiring and thrilling tale readers will never forget.