Sunday, June 7, 2020

In Silence


I wake up to the dogs playing in the rooms below before Kim puts Daisy in her cage. Then Kim goes out for her three- to six-mile run. All is quiet.

I hear the refrigerator purring quietly. The air conditioner trips on and goes off. Sun seeps into the window nudging me to get up. I do.

Kim, back from her run relaxes on the couch. Daisy asleep on the tile floor. She likes it there since it’s cooler than the carpet. Stella disappears. She is somewhere. She likes to sneak up on you. Cat like.

The sun beats on my back, warming me nudging me to begin my day. Already have. Doesn’t she know? Berries washed and placed in containers. Breakfast eaten. Time for writing. The keys on my computer making semi-regular taps on the keyboard. Not intrusive, just necessary.

There is strength in silence.

A time to reflect, to think, to gather thoughts as my mind drifts to this or that. Sometimes lightning fast, other times slow as I consider something interesting. Often times, one thought leads to another and another and . . . Quickly, without editing, without censorship. Grasping this or that.

Silence doesn’t mean agreement. Silence doesn’t mean disagreement. Silence just is.

No need to speak. No room for noise that isn’t necessary or purposeful.

Silence makes room for thought, clears the path of the troubled mind and soul. Silence makes peace of oneself, for oneself.

Silence is comforting, soothing. Silence is necessary.

We retreat into ourselves. Perhaps retreat is the wrong word. Perhaps we attack ourselves. Ruthlessly. Without care or concern, often times without compassion or tenderness. Without the thought of the heart or soul. Marking off one transgression and another. Balancing a good versus a bad. Our own worst critics. Sometimes wound so tightly we have trouble breathing. Silence can be scary as much as it can be comforting.

Still, I prefer silence. Wrapped in a favorite blanket, feet tucked under, nestled back in a soft chair. I’ll take my chances with my inner critic. Sometimes I win. Other times . . .

Sun and silence seem to travel together. Rain and silence can seem like strange partners, but partners just the same. All three necessary, and each giving a different flavor to each other.

And morning silence, for me, is different than evening silence.

I’d rather have light than dark. Soft shadows rather than the edge of harsh darkness. Too much out there in the dark. All is open in light. I disagree with Paul Simon when he calls darkness an old friend. There is something disquieting and uncomfortable in darkness. Not necessarily a friend.

And, however we deal with silence is okay. It is right and just and pure. Embrace it as a friend, a companion. As a necessary partner. Needed. Necessary. Peaceful. Something to think about . . .

Live Your Life, and Make A Difference!

To My Readers:
My new book, Betrayed, will debut Nov. 12, 2020! It is a contemporary psychological thriller using some of the same characters from my previous work. It takes place on the Navajo Nation Reservation in northeast Arizona.

Below is the book blurb. Pretty excited about it.

Integrity is protecting someone who betrayed you. Courage is keeping a promise even though it might mean death.

A late-night phone call turns what was to be a fun hunting trip into a deadly showdown. Fifteen-year-old brothers George Tokay, Brian Evans and Brett McGovern face death on top of a mesa on the Navajo Nation Reservation in Arizona. They have no idea why men are intent on killing them.

Betrayed is a contemporary psychological thriller and an exploration of the heart and of a blended family of adopted kids, their relationships to each other and their parents woven into a tight thriller/mystery.

“Once again, author Joseph Lewis has written a fast-paced psychological thriller mystery that immerses readers into a dark world few encounter.”
— Joan Livingston, author of the Isabel Long Mystery Series

“Betrayed is at once an emotional chapter in author Joseph Lewis’ continuing coming-of-age story and an intriguing thriller. Following both law enforcement and a group of teens searching for a missing boy on Native American land, Lewis’ latest also provides a unique view into Navajo culture. A layered story that explodes into a bullet-riddled climax.”
— Rick Treon, award-winning author of Deep Background and Let the Guilty Pay

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Twitter at @jrlewisauthor

Spiral Into Darkness:
Named a Recommended Read in the Author Shout Reader Awards!
He blends in. He is successful, intelligent and methodical. He has a list and has murdered eight on it so far. There is no discernible pattern. There are no clues. There are no leads. The only thing the FBI and local police have to go on is the method of death: two bullets to the face- gruesome and meant to send a message. But it’s difficult to understand any message coming from a dark and damaged mind. Two adopted boys, struggling in their own world, have no idea they are the next targets. Neither does their family. And neither does local law enforcement.

Caught in a Web:
A PenCraft Literary Award Winner!
The bodies of high school and middle school kids are found dead from an overdose of heroin and fentanyl. The drug trade along the I-94 and I-43 corridors and the Milwaukee Metro area is controlled by MS-13, a violent gang originating from El Salvador. Ricardo Fuentes is sent from Chicago to Waukesha to find out who is cutting in on their business, shut it down and teach them a lesson. But he has an ulterior motive: find and kill a fifteen-year-old boy, George Tokay, who had killed his cousin the previous summer.

Detectives Jamie Graff, Pat O’Connor and Paul Eiselmann race to find the source of the drugs, shut down the ring, and find Fuentes before he kills anyone else, especially George or members of his family. The three detectives discover the ring has its roots in a high school among the students and staff.

Book One of the Lives Trilogy, Stolen Lives:
Two thirteen-year-old boys are abducted off a safe suburban street. Kelliher and his team of FBI agents have 24 hours to find them or they’ll end up like all the others- dead! They have no leads, no clues, and nothing to go on. And the possibility exists that one of his team members might be involved.                           

Book Two of the Lives Trilogy, Shattered Lives:
Six men escaped and are out for revenge. The boys, recently freed from captivity, are in danger and so are their families, but they don’t know it. The FBI has no clues, no leads, and nothing to go on and because of that, cannot protect them.                             

Book Three of the Lives Trilogy, Splintered Lives:
A 14-year-old boy knows the end is coming. What he doesn’t know is when, where or by whom. Without that knowledge, neither he nor the FBI can protect him or his family.                                             

The Lives Trilogy Prequel, Taking Lives:
FBI Agent Pete Kelliher and his partner search for the clues behind the bodies of six boys left in various and remote parts of the country. Even though they don’t know one another, the lives of FBI Kelliher, 11-year-old Brett McGovern, and 11-year-old George Tokay are separate pieces of a puzzle. The two boys become interwoven with the same thread that Pete Kelliher holds in his hand. The three of them are on a collision course and when that happens, their lives are in jeopardy as each search for a way out.

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