February 19, 1969



I was caged.

Then, I was driven.

Driven to Cherokee.

A hazy memory of riding caged in the back of a police car.

Two shadows in the front seat, the county sheriff and a female escort.

Patsy Cline’s “Crazy” buzzing from a tinny transistor radio.

Outside, the Iowa landscape bleak.

Cloudy and cold.

Condensation and frost riming the windows.

Piles of dirty snow dotting the countryside.

I, cargo.

Destination: Cherokee’s other place, the outline on the hill.

Shifting, crossing my legs…

Please, can we stop?

Hot and steamy inside.

Shivering, my teeth rattling.

Please…I have to go!

Hear something, George?

Naw, nothin’ important.


Cargo has no voice.

Madness has no voice.

Listen, crazy girl…

Two voices: We have come to take you away, ha, ha…

“I’m crazy, crazy…”

Fragments, crazy-quilt impressions, acid flashbacks…

I, crazy?

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Welcome to Memoir Madness: driven to involuntary commitment (Text-only site)

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I have set up this site with the hope that readers will eventually buy Memoir Madness, my memoir, on Amazon, either in print or Kindle.

My story depicts my life during a six-month period (December 1968 - May 1969), in which I spent two months in a mental institution -- against my will.

I have posted some sample excerpts here.

You are welcome to poke around here and even comment (no spam, please).

Excerpts of this memoir have also been posted to the media-rich Memoir; on that site I have added artwork, pictures, and relevant embedded videos. I have also included additional articles, essays, news clips, and ads. I may continue adding new text and other media to that site.

But for anyone who would just rather read the text, this fast-loading, bare bones site has been reserved for text-only excerpts with relevant memoir and author information.

After all, in the end, the writing has to stand on its own merits.

Other than the image of my 19-year-old self, my current author's photograph, and my book cover, you will see no adornments to this website.

The background is a low-resolution image.

If you are a casual reader, you might enjoy the excerpts with all the bells and whistles. In that case, just click here.

Getting around here is easy; no matter where you are on the site, the panel on the left offers relevant internal links.

Once again, welcome to my site!

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