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Melody Page, a founding member of the Florida Medical Rights Associaiton, will be interviewed by a reporter from WPEC-TV in West Palm Beach, Florida on Jan. 22.
Page has been very active in trying to get Florida’s so-called “Free Kill” law repealed, and significant progress was made a few weeks ago. HB 6051 is in the House to repeal Florida's Free Kill law, which protects doctors and hospitals from lawsuits in cases where a person who dies of medical negligence does not have a spouse, or a child under the age of 25.
Page's motivation was the death of her father, Ken Sandberg. He died at a Broward County hospital after an inappropriate dose of a medication he was given to sedate him caused him to stop breathing. In Sandberg’s case, his wife had died just days before he did, and his children are in their 40s. This family, and many others just like them, have no legal recourse even when negligence is clearly to blame for a loved one’s death.
Learn more about the organization seeking to bring about change here: Floridamedicalrights.org.
Most people know The Waters on 50th in Minneapolis as a senior living community, but did you know it is also something of a storytelling mecca? The community's writing group is about to release its third published book.
Distinctly I Remember: More Stories We Love to Tell by The Writers Group at The Waters on 50th features the work of eight residents, ranging in age from 80 to 95. The book will officially release on Sat., Jan 25 at 2 p.m. during a launch party at the Waters on 50th, located at 3500 W 50th St, Minneapolis, MN 55410. The event will take place around the fireplace in the Great Room, and feature readings by several of the authors, followed by signings.
Noted Twin Cities poet and author Kathleen Novak served as both the writing coach and editor of the 40-page book, which is divided into three sections: essays people have written about home, essays about love and courage, and original stories ranging from funny anecdotes to serious reflections. “Our group demonstrates how stories bring people together, transform a difficult time and connect the present to the past as though the years had never gone by,” Novak said.
Two of the authors are being published posthumously. Dave Shryer and Janet Shapiro, longstanding participants, passed away during 2019. The other writers whose work is featured are June Kelly, Gerry Sell, Jeanne Dyste, Earl Carson, Helen Laird and Arminta Miller. Most of the authors of Distinctly I Remember also have stories in the first two books published by the group: Cardboard in Our Shoes and You Should Have Been There.
Calumet Editions author Elliott Foster has a presentation and signing planned to promote Panic River, his latest book, at Moon Palace Books in Minneapolis. The event takes place on Wed., Feb. 12, beginning at 7 p.m.
Panic River is the fictional story of Corey Fischer, an almost forty-year-old gay man who experiences long-standing rejection by a homophobic father, a lack of support from his distant mother, and betrayal by the person who should be loving him the most—his partner, Nick.
The book has received several favorable reviews. San Francisco Book Review said, “This book was a fascinating read about love, tough love, and all of the complicated relationships that happen when a person decides to be him or herself. Well-written with all types of little life lessons thrown in, this book was engaging and entertaining. A book well worth reading, geared towards young adults to adults.”
Midwest Book Review said, "Novel readers who choose Panic River for its theme of a middle-aged gay man facing his demons and much-changed circumstances will uncover the roots of these connections and will learn how they evolve. They will find Panic River a powerfully evocative, thought-provoking consideration of how life moves on, how freedoms evaporate and re-form, and how one man makes difficult choices that bring him full circle in an unexpected way.”
Calumet Editions just released Panic River on Nov. 1, 2019. Learn more about the book at ElliottFoster.com.
John Kerr signed copies of Mohamed’s Dream at Next Chapter Booksellers in St. Paul on Jan. 14. The nonfiction title shares the story of Mohamed Fofana, one of the young boys killed in a landslide at St. Paul’s Lilydale Park on May 22, 2012. The St. Louis Park boy, and another child, were on a school field trip hunting for fossils when the accident happened.
Author Jon Kerr is a longtime journalist and writer who also happened to be a neighborhood and environmental advocate for Lilydale Park when the landslide occurred. The book not only sheds new light on what went wrong, it shares how Mohammed’s family is working to keep their son’s memory alive.