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July 2021 Newsletter

“Don’t become a mere recorder of facts, but try to penetrate the mystery of their origin.”  ~ Ivan Pavlov

Hello again,

Life is full of questions. Why does a computer screen suddenly turn yellow? Or why is there mold on a bathroom wall that isn’t associated with water? How does a fifty-some-year-old oddly become allergic to nuts and require a few trips to the Emergency Room? 

Well, if you haven’t realized yet, these are the questions that I have asked myself the last two months. At the end of it all, I have decided that these distractions can be discouraging but not detrimental to my goals. Even so, I am behind schedule on my edit of Snake Oil, but the project is still on the tracks and ready to move forward.  

Despite that, I am excited about my upcoming projects. After chatting with my editor, we both concluded that a sequel to Snake Oil is doable. Moreover, I have contracted with a gifted young illustrator (Melanie Casillas) to create the covers for my four-part novel series entitled The Unity Project (which embraces the stories of four sisters during WWII). 

Here’s the first mockup for cover one. Exciting, huh? I can’t wait to start on that project.  

While we’re on the topic of questions, I want to share with you a true story that occurred on March 10, 2015.  At 10:30 p.m. in Spanish Fork, Utah, a red car hit the barrier and fell into the icy waters below the railing, upside down. The neighbors nearby heard the crash but did not know where the accident occurred.

Fourteen hours later, a fisherman passing the waters called the police and reported the overturned car. Four Salt Lake City police officers and three firefighters rushed to the scene. As the four cops entered the water, one of the officers heard a woman’s voice calling for help. Another officer heard the voice a second time and responded, “Hang in there; we’re trying what we can.”  The four men worked in the freezing water to turn over the vehicle for over twenty minutes.

When the men turned the car upright, they found the driver dead and an eighteen-month-old strapped to her car seat.  The medical examiner determined that the mother of the child died on impact fourteen hours earlier. 

Later that day, all four officers confirmed that they heard the woman’s voice clearly, especially the cop who responded to the pleas for help. So, whose voice did the rescuers hear? Where did that person go? Why are there no traces of someone in the area directing the officers to the car?

The officer who spent the most time in the water stated he was not a religious man, but this may have changed him.

Now that is a true mystery.

Well, that’s all for this month. Please reach out and email me or visit our FaceBook page to chat about this story or anything else that’s on your mind.

Until next month,

Harper