Living Without Arms
Tricia Gleason’s 7th Adventure Novel
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Dr. Mark Henry Miller
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Living Without Arms
By Dr. Mark Henry Miller
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A Tricia Gleason Novel
A clergy retreat is purposed by good intentions. Not a time to tell lies on how well it goes. The exception to that is a retired minister, not coincidental his first name is Donald, shouts down Oregon Interim Conference Minister Nathan Spark. Makes it clear, “You are rubbish, to be dumped in a bin and left. There is not room for both of us on this earth!”, at which point he stomps from the room.
Nathan learns the “rubbish” remark isn’t new. His predecessor, the irrepressible Creighton Yale, heard the same rant. So Nathan decides it’s better to see about catching Redside trout out of the Deschutes River near Maupin, Oregon. As he casts someone walks up to him, holds a fly rod but no wading boots. The normal greetings. The last thing Nathan remembers is watching the Madame X fly floating the surface. When he awakens he can’t see, hands and feet bound. Doesn’t take long to become rubbish.
Almost a week without water or food, covered in slime from his excretions; would help arrive? In a cabin with no light?
When help arrives, dehydration is in control. The battle between living and death is neither academic nor metaphorical. Shit is shit.
Months later, no longer reeking with the bad odor, he and his new wife Tricia Gleason, share with Tricia’s congregation in Tillamook, Oregon, they are pregnant. The joy lasts until the 5th month when a sonogram reveals their infant-to-be-born has no arms. What to do? When they share with their congregation, one member stomps out about the disgrace of having an armless baby. She tirades, “God must be really furious with you; what have you done? You must be REALLY BAD!”
Apprehending the culprit putting Nathan in the cabin takes time. The most pressing matter is clear: having a baby with no arms. What should they do?