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Your life turns upside down when there is a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s in the family. After my father was diagnosed, 3 years ago, my plans to complete my book about American fashion: Wild West Redressed American Fashion in Photos 1860-1910 was put on hold. So was just about everything but my blog, www.thepinkflamingoblog.com. Dealing with senior citizen parents, financial disaster, and working with early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s has changed the direction of my life. A book about senior parents, dealing with finances, legal problems, medical problems, and everything in between is now in the works.
I’ve had to delve deep inside of me, to grab onto my Christian (Episcopalian) faith, questioning what I believe, trying to keep the parents afloat, financially. A year long devotional needs to be edited. I’ve written a book on essays about faith and personal disaster. I suspect another idea is germinating.
Through all of this, I still maintain my obsessive fascination with Wyatt Earp, Tombstone, and the Wild West. One of the leading experts on the life of Earp, and Tombstone, I’m the only woman to have authored major scholastic books on the subject. My book A Church for Helldorado is based on the transcriptions of the Endicott Peabody 1882 Tombstone Diary, only the 2nd Earp era diary to be discovered, to date. I always wanted to write murder mysteries, finally coming up with a story-line. In the past year, I’ve completed 2, and am half-way through my third. My agent and I are now discussing marketing and placement. It takes place in modern day Tombstone.
Unfortunately, I remain a life-long political junkie. Having been Republican all my life, I am so upset with the changes in the party that I am quite close to either going Independent or Democrat (if I can do it). I am an expert on the anti-immigration movement, tracking white supremacists, etc.