Thursday, August 11, 2016
Please meet Crystal A. Casey's @Huggy_Dougie #Childrens character "Huggy Dougie : The Boy Who Gave Too Many Hugs"
In 2006 I began after six years of being married, trying to have a baby. I was not successful and began to seek treatment via a fertility specialist... My first miscarriage came in 2007, and then another one in 2008... .. I kept trying, the heart of me cried out to be a mom, not because it is what you are supposed to do (the white picket fence dream), but because it was my heart. I had so much love and laughter to give. I became pregnant in latter part of 2008 and quickly settled into watching “TLC, A Baby Story,” eagerly planning the future of my son. Dreams of all the milestones filled my heart.
At 32 weeks I was rushed to hospital, and via C-Section gave birth to a baby boy weighing 3lbs and ten ounces (17 inches long) ….
Quickly I realized it was not the TLC dream ending I had planned on. I was wheeled into recovery and my husband came to meet me in the room with a Doctor in tow. She came to my bed, and put her elbows on corner of the bed, and said, “Congratulations Mrs. Casey you have a baby boy and he has Down Syndrome! “Any questions?” my eyes were wide as ever, and I just shook my head as if to say no; my mouth refused to allow any words to come out. He was born with holes in heart and partial deaf. He spent his first six weeks of his life in the NICU.
2:22pm on June 17, 2009, God gave me the most beautiful joyous gift. His name is Fisher named after Simon Peter in the bible so he could be a Fisher of men, and it also fits because my husband is an avid angler.
My journey changed forever; so about me; my name is Crystal Anne and I am a proud mom of a child with Down Syndrome. I have never fought harder, cried bigger and laughed deeper…
He had open heart surgery at ten months old. He still has a few holes left but is doing amazing. He was healed of his deafness after three years of wearing hearing aids, today he has complete hearing. He is very happy and full of life. He is very high functioning and has proven to break most of every stereotype associated with Down Syndrome children. I am so proud to introduce him to the world via my character inspired by him known as Huggy Dougie.
As I have walked along this DS path, creative inspiration has birthed the ideas to write about the adventures of Huggy Dougie. I pray these stories inspire you, and show you a glimpse of the highs and lows of our journey. I am so happy to have the opportunity to share Fisher’s love and passion for life. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to share a piece of myself and my life with you.
Crystal Anne is a children's book author that is just beginning her adventure with Helping Hands Press, and her storybook persona, Huggy Dougie, based on her son’s journey through life with Down syndrome. Huggy Dougie’s adventures are the result of Crystal Anne’s adaptations of her son’s life as seen through both of their eyes. The author hopes that these adventures will provide entertainment and learning opportunities for both parents and children. Her hope is to inspire a passion for reading and creativity.
Being a parent of a special needs son is the greatest honor I have every experienced. Every day is full of surprises. Through my relationship with my son, I have learned so much about life and what it is that makes us who we are later in life. The wonder and innocence I find in my son's world is the inspiration for Dougie's adventures. Dougie is a loving boy, full of emotion and always seeking friendship. Thank you for taking the time to live in my world and help us introduce Dougie to your family!
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I Knew You Were Trouble
As messed up as Ty was, Grayden figured he could handle the heavily armed operatives moving up the dirt track. At least for a few minutes. It probably wasn’t good business sense, but he had to be sure Keegan was okay. She and her family had come into harm’s way because of him. He wasn’t going to leave them to the wolves.
He was not even halfway to the house before a crackle of gunfire from behind told him his brother was engaged. He kept running, straightening up to get a longer stride. The ground began to shake under his feet and he expected to hear an RPG blast go off in front or in back of him.
Instead he saw cattle horns glittering in the light of the burning Suburban. Dozens of them. Hundreds of them. Sweeping along the track towards him, hooves hammering the earth, eyes wild. He turned and ran back towards the flames.
“Get close to the wreck!” he yelled at his brother. “Never mind the shooters! Roll up to the flames!”
Ty stared at him. “Are you nuts? I’ll make a perfect target!”
Bullets ripped past Grayden as he dove for the fire. “You already are a perfect target!”
The steers roared past. Dirt and stone peppered Ty’s face. He squinted and watched them tear into the shooters. Gunfire brought down two or three or six or seven of the cattle. But they were a tsunami of horns and hooves and flesh and could not be stopped. Two women in black masks screamed as the herd crushed them. Another was standing and firing, hoping that would make the steers veer left and right of her, but a pair of horns drove deep into her stomach and chest and she fell. He saw a man get tossed in the air twice before he vanished.
“Where did they come from?” he shouted to his brother.
Grayden was curled in a ball six feet away. “I got a hunch it was the woman.”
“What? Your girlfriend?”
“Whatever she is. I saw cattle penned up way back of the farmhouse yesterday. This has to be them.” Grayden pulled his hat farther down over his face to block the heat. “She must have followed me to see what was up. Then gone back and opened the gate and freaked out the herd with those shotgun blasts. She’s crazy.”
“Sounds like my kind of crazy.”
“My kind too. A stampede is like a scene out of a John Wayne western.”
“Everything in our lives is like a scene out of a John Wayne western.”
“Are you guys just gonna curl up and die?”
“The steers are gone, Marshal, and so are the black hats.”
Grayden peeled himself away from the fire. “Much obliged, ma’am.”
“Don’t say that.”
“Don’t say what?”
“I’m 21. I told you that. A mature one, maybe, but still 21 so I’m not a ma’am.”
Grayden grinned. “I’ll try to remember.”
Ty limped up to them. “I’m shot to pieces. A few more and I’d be a screen door. Thank ya.”
“It’s more like he’s mine.”
Grayden had his 45 up and aimed and was slowly walking in on the bodies smashed by the cattle. “Those steer’ll be scattered from here to Texas. Are you sure you wanted to do that, Keegan?”
She tossed her long hair. “If I wasn’t sure I wouldn’t have done it.”
“Kind of a crazy idea.”
“It didn’t look like you had any better ones, cowboy.”
Grayden holstered his HK. “Thirteen bodies. I guess a few could have lit out ahead of the herd.”
Keegan snorted. “I guess not. I was watching.” She turned away. “But I’m not interested in seeing their skulls and shinbones and guts. This is one hell of a weekend you brought to Alberta, Marshal Grayden.”
“Yeah. Consider it part of the rodeo.”
“Oh, it’s part of the rodeo, all right. Who needs Brahma bulls when New Mexico comes to town?” She narrowed her eyes as Grayden walked up and stood beside her. “I knew you were trouble.”
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Whenever Elizabeth Manciano faced a tough decision or needed advice, Grandpa Frank was there. With his guidance, Elizabeth learned to think about the consequences of her actions, make ethical choices, and do the things she feels passionate about. It is not until she struggles to write Grandpa Frank’s eulogy, that she fully understands the impact he’s had on her life.
As Elizabeth remembers the times she shared with her grandfather, she finds herself confronting one more big decision. Will she once again find the courage to follow her dreams?
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"You should write because you can't not write, not in the hopes of getting published. The characters and message in the book should matter to you. If you're worried about what a publisher is looking for or if anyone will want to read it, than I think you're in the wrong profession. In my opinion, there are too many 'copy-cat' books out there and a lot of celebrities who get books published because companies know their name will sell the material. As an avid reader, I look for books that inspire, educate and allow me to use my imagination."
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I graduated from high school in 1968, did not attend college, and went right into the work force. In 1971 I met a man named Rev. Bill Drury, founder of a Christian Youth Organization called Teen Haven. In November of that same year I moved from the peaceful, rolling hills of Lancaster, Pennsylvania into the heart of North Philadelphia to work with him.
I spent seven years as a Bible teacher, camp counselor, rec room supervisor and bus driver. My experiences during that time opened my eyes and heart to a world I never knew existed.
When I left Teen Haven and moved as a single woman into the Germantown section of Philly, I met a Black man named Peter. Through many, many long conversations I learned about the history of Blacks in America and before slavery.
Thirty-six years and two kids later, we are still talking and I have a deep desire to share what I have learned with the hopes of introducing my readers to a whole new world of hope and understanding.
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As Mike and Rozene Carson enter their second year of marriage, Rozene applies to the Sweetland City Planning Commission for a building permit to begin construction on the much-needed expansion of Gentry’s Family Restaurant. But things don’t go quite as expected, when he commission delays their decision. Without the building permit, Rozene’s small business loan would not be approved.
At least Rozene could look forward to their four adopted girls’ return home from college to begin their spring break vacation. But that’s not to be, either. Rozene faces more disappointment when she learns that the two oldest girls have other plans and would not be spending the next ten days at their forever home along the banks of the Sweetwater River in Sweetland, Arkansas. Was her brand-new family breaking up so soon?
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She was late. And every parking space around the Rosebriar County Courthouse was occupied.
“Of course they’re filled,” Rozene Carson muttered, frustrated. “It’s visitor’s day at the county jail. Why didn’t I leave earlier, like I’d planned?”
Upset with both herself and the situation, she drove to the end of the parking lot, exited onto 5th Street, and made a left. She waited at the stop sign at Main for traffic to clear, made another left, and pulled into a vacant slot at the Rosebriar Department of Social Services building.
Making sure her cellphone was set to vibrate only, Rozene dropped it into her purse, grabbed her oversized tote, and dashed back across the street to the courthouse. She stepped off the elevator at the fourth floor and scurried down the hall to Meeting Room 7.
She paused before pushing through the double doors, hearing the murmur of voices on the other side. So much depended on the outcome of this meeting, and she had to show up late. Not a good beginning.
As she reached for the highly polished brass handles, Rozene sucked in a deep gulp of air and breathed a silent prayer. Okay, Lord, I think I’m going to need Your help in here.
Inside, a number of people were milling around a side table bearing several air pumps of coffee and hot water, assorted tea bags, all the trimmings, and a huge box of Krispy Kreme donuts. Claire Chase, the only other woman in the group, greeted Rozene with a warm smile.
“Hi, Rozie. Welcome.”
Keith Bradford, the Sweetland Planning Commission’s City Council Liaison, reached out to shake her hand. “Don’t worry about it, Rozene. We’re still waiting for Clinton Jeffers and David Hamilton, your architect. They’re probably having the same parking problem.” He chuckled. “We may need to think about holding our meetings on a non-visitor day. Help yourself to some refreshments, and we’ll get started as soon as they show up.”
Why was she so nervous about this meeting? Yes, there was a lot at stake, but she’d known the members of the Planning Commission her whole life, all native Sweetlanders like herself.
Unable to resist the siren call of Krispy Kreme, she poured herself a cup of black coffee and placed a delectable, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate-glazed donut on a small paper plate.
Cory Morris, the youngest member of the commission, and a brand new father, stepped up beside her.
“Hello, Mrs. Carson. How are you doing today?”
“It’s Rozene, Cory, or Rozie, if you like. Everyone else here calls me one or the other.”
“Thank you, M—I mean, Rozene. I’d like that.”
“Good. Now, tell me about that bouncing baby boy of yours. What did you name him?”
“Levi James,” Cory answered. “He’s a wonder, Rozene. I can’t stop looking at him. He’s going to be a redhead like Shelley.”
She smiled. “Let’s see, he’s about two weeks old now, right? Is Shelly holding up okay?”
“She’s feeling the night-time interruptions. So am I. But Shelley’s learned to take short naps while the baby’s sleeping, so she’s coping.”
Before she could respond, Keith interrupted with an announcement. “Okay, everyone, our late-comers have arrived, so let’s get started.”
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