ABOUT ‘What the Wind Blew Away’

A Short Story About Loss & Healing

The eBook is Coming in December

There are many things I can’t do. I have no superpowers (physically or intellectually). I don’t know everything. And never will. But. I know that stories are the best way to convey messages you want to resonate deeply with people.

And I think they–stories–are also a compelling way to teach compassion and maybe even come to grips with our own feelings. Creation–in art, music, literature–is often attributed to a muse. A familiar spirit that guides and maybe even sits on a shoulder. One day I looked at my oldest daughter’s wedding pictures again while burning a DVD of them. One of her best friends, battling cancer and gutting it out though she was terribly sick, was one of her bridesmaids. In the weeks following the wedding, she had setbacks. The cancer had spread. And we lost Ashley. She was a brave and bright soul. As I looked at pictures of her at the wedding, I recalled how hard she hugged me after my toast to the new bride and groom… and I thought about loss. And how we heal. Ashley was on my shoulder as I wrote this short story to explain how those we love — when they pass on — they’re never truly gone. The important part of them stays with us. Always.

Some of the reader comments about, What the Wind Blew Away:

“Wow, what a bittersweet yet beautiful story of love and loss and healing… Thank you for such a poignant and touching story Dennis!” -Lisa Wolfington

“Loved your story. It made me think of loved ones that are no longer here. They will always be with me. Thank-you.” -Marsha Mooneyhan

“Beautifully written, Dennis.” -Michael Koontz

“A beautiful story of loss and healing; so touching and lovely.” -Nina Anthonijsz

“Talk about tugging at the heart strings.” -Vicki Tyley

“I love your story; it’s a touching and poignant piece.” -RC de Winter

“Thank you, so much. It’s a beautiful story; a sweet and touching read. I need to explore that connection [in the story] I am glad you wrote this as it’s nudging me to explore what it is.” -Amy Dionne

“Left me speechless and filled with precious memories from when Mom was around. Thank you for this beautiful story.” -L. Moncivaiz

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