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W is for Winnie


A to Z Theme - Circle of Hope:
A serial story (written in six-sentence segments) involving twenty-six women living in the small Midwest town of Cottonwood Creek, their lives connected by the Women's Circle of the town's protestant church, Hope Christian Fellowship, to which they all belong.

Winnie
Winnie, 50, managed the Sundown Hotel and Café that she had inherited from her father, although the hotel hadn't seen all that much business since the new Super 8 Motel went up on the highway that ran thru Cottonwood Creek. Winnie had turned the unused third floor of the small hotel into a safe house for women who were victims of domestic violence and in need of someplace to go, and she often provided jobs at the café for them as well.

Uriel had originally thanked Vanessa for her kindness when she dropped by to visit, and told her she would think about her offer, but just a week later she called Vanessa from the restroom of the local gas station, nearly hysterical and asking if she could come and get her. There had been another confrontation at home and Vanessa arrived to find Uriel with torn clothes and badly beaten, having barely managed to escape with her life and what she was wearing. 

Uriel refused to let Vanessa take her to the Emergency Room to be checked out, so Vanessa called Winnie asking if she had room for a young member of their Women's Circle who desperately needed to get out of a bad situation at home, and of course Winnie said yes; her father had instilled in her the importance of giving back to the community and this was her way of doing what she could.

A half-hour later Uriel was wrapped in a warm quilt, sitting on the sofa at the safe house with Winnie and Vanessa on either side of her as Chief of Police Dan Olson, a good friend of Winnie's, took the report which would lead to the arrest of her husband, and the beginning of a much better life for Uriel.
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Read the stories of all the Circle of Hope women here.
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 I'm also joining Zoe at "Uncharted"
where the cue this week is "well"

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A list of links for the A-Z Challenge blogs
 I'm following can be found on my sidebar. :-)
 

34 comments:

  1. I am relieved to hear the happy news . Admire Winnie and Vanessa for their helpfulness. such inspiring stories , Josie! Thanks! :)
    Love,
    Moon

    https://aslifehappens60.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you, Moon! When people reach out to each other, good things happen! :-) It makes me happy that you have enjoyed my series!

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  2. You are an excellent story teller. How you can pack so much action and emotion into six sentences is incredible. I want to read the book.

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    1. Thank you so much, Val! When I read what I write it always feels like light fare, lacking in real depth, so I am glad to hear that it comes across better than that.

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  3. Oh, this is heart-wrenching, Josie, and Val is right--you do pack plenty into the 6!

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    1. As I'm sure you've experienced in your lifetime, RL, nothing is more painful than watching someone else suffer in silence, making up excuses to cover their situation at home. I am thankful that Vanessa reached out, and that Uriel allowed her to come in. My six sentences are admitted a bit strung on, if written properly might be a few more. ;-)

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  4. When it's time, it's time, and i'm glad she will survive.

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    1. Thankfully, for Uriel, the time to leave came before it was too late, which is sadly not always the case. She can build a new life now, and hopefully will pay it forward in due time.

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  5. I like the theme of the continuing circle, giving back some of what has been given to us. Nicely done.

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    1. Thank you, Lisa! The lifes of the ladies in the Circle of Hope are interwoven as is true in small communities, sometimes that can be a problem, but I wanted to illustrate that it can also be used for the good. I believe the younger members will carry on this tradition of caring following the examples the older members have set.

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    1. I do too, Brenda! She has taken what she has available... extra rooms and cafe jobs, and used them to help women who need a safe place and a fresh start. I believe that every one of us has something, material or otherwise, that we can use to help others. I know the strong stand you have taken on domestic violence through your writing, and I am proud to call you my friend! XOXO

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  7. nicely 'closing the circle', in this serial. Each story being interesting is good, the interconnections that create a broader, full insight to the characters, that's skill.
    very cool

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    1. Thank you, Clark! Six sentences allows for such an abbreviated storyline, that by connecting the characters a bit I can say more. I want to convey that the circle will continue on in a caring, supportive manner to not only the members but the community at large.

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  8. Glad this one decided to get help in the nick if time. Can hardly waot for the next three.

    And hush puppies I make with my aunt's recipe:
    http://lifefaithincaneyhead.blogspot.com/2005/05/aunt-billie-hush-puppies.html

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    1. Me too, Barbara! We know it doesn't always work out that way, abused women are often so emotionally broken that they can't find the courage to break free, but if people like Vanessa keep reaching out we can make a difference.

      Thank you for both the fried cornbread and the hushpuppies recipes... can't wait to try them! Not being raised in the South, these weren't something that showed up on our supper table. :-)

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  9. What an excellent idea to have a safe place like that. Very public-minded.

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    1. It was awesome that she could put the unused hotel space to such good use, a definite win-win-win for her, the community, and the women she was able to help!

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  10. I hope that there really are communities like Circle of Hope out there. I've lived in my hometown for all of my life and while not as intricately connected, we are a close knit community and respond well to each other in times of trouble. (We were the town that had the big PG&E explosion a few years ago, if you heard of that). Everyone came together to aid the victims in that tragedy. You do an excellent job of storytelling in six sentences but I don't count so if one went 7 or 8, I don't think I'd mind :) Great reading through the A to Z!

    Janet
    <a href="https://asmile4ufromjanet.blogspot.com/2017/04/april-2017-atozchallenge-unquestionably.html”>U is for Urgent</a>

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    1. It sounds like your hometown is one of the good ones where people come together to help each other in times of crisis. I do recall that horrible explosion. :( Some of my sentences are definitely run-on, but I took license in the fact that I needed to have enough storyline to made it readable.

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    2. No worries about the link, I can find it from that! I think we've all struggled a bit with adding our links into comments, maybe by next year we'll be pros! :-)

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  11. Thank goodness for good people who are not afraid to make a difference in this world.

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    1. Amen, Marcy! We can all make a difference in some way if we try, it doesn't matter if it's big or small!

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  12. Seeing you revel in your serialised stories I often wonder whether I should start writing them again myself! Beautifully and succinctly told Josie.

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    1. Thank you, Old Egg! I remember your series on the original inhabitants of Australia, it was such great reading!

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  13. Winnie rocks. I love the premise of the story. So many storylines can emerge from a story like this!
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    Eli@CoachDaddy

    X is for Xenogenous

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    1. Thank you! Yes, tales from Cottonwood Creek could go on and on. :-)

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  14. I am utterly bowled over by your empathy and emphatic writing.

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    1. Thank you so much, Neel! My stories are simple but I try to create characters that are real, and hopefully for the most part, good.

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  15. Another powerful and touching chapter

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    1. Thanks, Jo-Anne, we are winding down to the finish with this series!

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