Excerpts from my memoir, Life Begins At 66

Lying down on the couch next to the cloth covered frame, I went to sleep instantly. In the morning when I woke, I looked out the window behind the couch. Andy, my brother who had recently died was floating on a cloud coming directly toward me, he and the cloud flew right through the window glass. He got off the cloud, sat next to me on the couch. Stunned I was speechless.  I clearly saw the threads of his shirt.  He didn’t speak either.  Just gave me his crooked smile that showed he was happy.  Then he sat back onto the cloud and floated through the window, disappearing into the sky.

Not a believer in God or spirits, I looked for a logical reason for the vision.



The next day she required our class to read The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler. The book describes rape and mutilation of women. Researching rapes I discovered that more men than women are raped in the U.S.A. making the United States the first country in the world to count more rapes for men than for women.


A guard unlocked Gus’ cell to let a big black dude in who intended to rape Gus. To his surprise, Gus had a piece of pipe in his bed and almost beat the black guy to death with it. Sounds horrible, but that’s how you have to be when in prison. No one protects you. So you protect yourself any way you can. If Gus hadn’t done that, the rapist would have been selling him to other prisoners for a few packs of cigarettes. This story confirmed that what I read about prison rapes was true.

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