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The City Walls are All Pulled Down

Our Rob or Us



I'm glad to say that my story "Arrow" will be reprinted in Dean Francis Alfar's Outpouring: Typhoon Yolanda Relief Anthology in support of the Philippine Red Cross. (Yolanda is the Pinoy name for Hainan—they were the same storm) The Philippines is a big country, and I never went further south than a week in Cebu, so I don't really have a personal connection with the Visayas or Tacloban. But the three years I had in the Philippines changed me very fundamentally, and my outlook on life. It was where I learned that doubt is at the heart of faith, something that doesn't seem to have sunk in for many of my countrymen, and I think it's the reason I still feel a stranger here, and never more so than in my family's home state of Georgia.



I wonder if any of my old school chums will ever read it. A lot of them are in it, in borrowed pieces. I'm not naming names, but if they do, I hope they see where the pieces fit into the puzzle that I'm still trying to piece together. I tried to do that story "right", and be honest with myself and everyone I came to know and the history that walked in ghosts ("little men") around us. But even if it was a failure, I hope it does some good.

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asakiyume
Dec. 6th, 2013 02:00 pm (UTC)
I am so glad to hear this. Let me know where I can buy the book--it's a cause I'd like to support, and I'd love to have your story in print.
barry_king
Dec. 6th, 2013 02:04 pm (UTC)
Will do. Dean says he'll be distributing through Amazon and others.
art_ungulate
Dec. 8th, 2013 04:14 pm (UTC)
One of my stories will be reprinted in the anthology, too. I'm very much hoping the antho helps with the recovery.

This in your post caught me: "doubt is at the heart of faith" - something I've known for decades, but only put into words a few years back:

Doubt is the keystone in the arc of faith.
barry_king
Dec. 11th, 2013 12:36 pm (UTC)
I'll bet Thomas is your favourite gospel.
art_ungulate
Dec. 11th, 2013 03:49 pm (UTC)
When I was Catholic, yes!
arwensouth
Dec. 9th, 2013 11:19 pm (UTC)
I really do envy you your life experiences. I know there are worlds out there I can't even imagine, and yet you've lived in them. It's no wonder there are stories bursting out of your head!

barry_king
Dec. 11th, 2013 12:38 pm (UTC)
It's all in the head, my lady. ;)
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