and the scandalous disclosures that surfaced later. There is a
chance that if my son had never been injured many of these dysfunctions
would have never come to the surface. In life, when people
know who they are and who they can trust, they develop confidence
and good judgment. If they do not have those things, they tend
to become destabilized and flawed. In my life, there was always
this churning cloud of mystery, doubt, and deception. Shedding
light upon those dark places was both scary and uncomfortable, and
yet it was very much worth the effort. The journey depicted here
was laden with unfathomable sorrow and dejection, but also with
great love and courage. Every person has a presence, or an influence,
with which they can make their existence known in the world.
Providing this account gives my son, Jordan, that chance. Some
time ago, my children and I faced an appalling tragedy. During this
time, and on more than one occasion, we were given sanctuary and
hope at Penelope House in Mobile, Alabama. We are appreciative
for the encouragement, assistance, and counseling received as part
of our case management. They also made referrals for us at other
local agencies that provided needed support and resources. When
it seemed that very few people could be bothered with us, the staff
was there showing an unending supply of compassion and respect..."
Let me know how you are doing.
The single greatest influence in her life was the remarkable time spent with her paternal grandmother; it was under this influence that she thrived. Her grandmother introduced her to not only fine Literature, but also the Arts and the Opera. And it was beloved grandmother who told her that if she wanted to be a great writer she must first learn to be an avid reader.
Early adult life would be peppered with indecision, failings, and the haunting of things not learned in childhood. But as is the case with most sincere artist, out of the angst of life came a great capacity for creativity.
Shelby considers her writing a gift...a joy, a tremendous responsibility, and something that helps to define her life.
She lives in very picturesque Central Oregon with her two children.