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Take a Sad Song and Make it Better
Author: Chris Danahy
Genre: Non-Fiction

Registry #: non015


The author writes:

This is a story about life and my journey through it. It's not a life of grandeur or heroism, but a rather common life that encountered some difficult circumstances along the way. I thought about writing this story for a few years, but I never started and often wondered why I hadn't and if I ever would. I now know that I didn't start because I didn't know where to begin, so I'll start at the beginning. I was born in 1950 and I'll take you on a journey through the second half of the 20th Century that would be rejected by publishers as not believable if it were submitted as fiction. I wish it were fiction, but every word is true. Born as a member of the Baby Boomer Generation, I grew up in Saugus, Massachusetts during the Cold War of the Fifties. The turbulent Sixties brought assassinations, a real war and many changes to the world and my generation as I went through adolescence. In the Seventies I met Peggy, got married, joined the establishment, started a family and settled down to chase the American Dream. Life was rolling along nicely in the Eighties. Peggy and I had two healthy children, both boys, who were eight years apart in age. Peggy was the sixth grade teacher at an elementary school right across the street from our house and I was a successful salesman in the medical field. Our two boys were eleven and three at this time and life was very good. I thought I was sitting on top of the world, when suddenly that world began to crumble and the American Dream turned into a nightmare.

I hope this story will be helpful to others when they face adversity in life. I know it's been therapeutic to me just writing it because the last fifteen years were a blur as I went through them, so this has reacquainted me with who I really am. Sometimes I think we all lose sight of that.


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