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Available at Amazon and at my website...www.larrypatten.com
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Published in 2014. Available at Amazon.
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writer : larry@larrypatten.com
Larry Patten
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THE GRAVITY OF HAPPINESS

Nineteen-year year old James March cares for his dying mother. In their final days together, Mary March tells about a man named Joe and the four life-changing Christmas Eves they shared before James was born. After her death, and after discovering a bank account he never knew existed, James visits the town where his mother spent her memorable Christmas Eves. Though money is the outward reason for his journey, inwardly James seeks to learn more about his mother’s past and the man who may be his father.

THE GRAVITY OF HAPPINESS (93,800 words) is mainstream fiction, a "coming-of-wisdom" story for a young man whose mother, and future plans, has died. It’s also a secular nod to the Christmas tale (everything about Christmas is true, even the parts that aren't). GRAVITY is as easily read in July as December.

Christmas is referred to as “the most wonderful time of the year,” but it’s also a night that brings out the best, and the worst, in people.


SKILLS
Writing, Fiction writing
GENRES & SPECIALTIES
General fiction, Religious, Mind/body/spirit, Health, Hospice
MOST RECENT PROJECTS
Each week at www.larrypatten.com I write “faithful and foolish” reflections on the encounters between the Holy and human.

I also write weekly thoughts about my hospice experiences at: www.hospice-matters.com.

Here's a snippet, a tease, from this week's (November 16, 2017) on the sacred, sauntering work of hospice:

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SAUNTERING ALONG THE HOSPICE PATH

It was the pause.

The silence.

I won’t reveal details, but when I called a woman grieving her husband’s death, we talked about several things. Some were trivial. Some involved how her adult children were doing. Some concerned upcoming decisions that she faced.

Then I asked her a question.

And that pause came.

One of my responsibilities at the hospice where I work is to phone grievers after a loved one’s death. Many don’t want to talk for long, though they seem to appreciate the contact. Occasionally, the ones I call drive me batty! They answer and immediately say they can’t talk. Why? They’re at work or shopping or there’s a thousand good reasons . . . so why’d they even answer!?

However . . .

YOU CAN READ THE WHOLE DARN DEAL AT: http://hospice-matters.com/sauntering-along-hospice-path/

BEST-KNOWN PROJECTS
Two self-published titles, both available on Amazon:

A COMPANION FOR THE JOURNEY: 41 Reflections (mostly) On the Lord's Prayer.

ANOTHER COMPANION FOR THE JOURNEY: 40 Reflections (and Questions) on Faith.

SPECIALIZED TRAINING, WORK EXPERIENCE, HONORS
I'm ordained in the United Methodist Church, currently working in a hospice.