Wind Trails on the Water Merlyn Norris

ISBN: 9780743311816

Published: October 28th 2010

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Wind Trails on the Water  by  Merlyn Norris

Wind Trails on the Water by Merlyn Norris
October 28th 2010 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 0 pages | ISBN: 9780743311816 | 10.69 Mb

This is a warm, funny, homespun ramble in Ozarkana. Merlyn Norris, who loved the region, lovingly crafted a string of stories centering on rich life around the Lake of the Ozarks and its surrounding country. The late Mr. Norris reflected on theMoreThis is a warm, funny, homespun ramble in Ozarkana. Merlyn Norris, who loved the region, lovingly crafted a string of stories centering on rich life around the Lake of the Ozarks and its surrounding country.

The late Mr. Norris reflected on the truths of life (and death) as they were attested by the random and beautiful winds making ripples across the lake. In fact, as he would sit on a hill with his down-home buddies and spin tales, the men could not help but marvel that similar winds of fate blow across the lives of every human being in nature.

It is a phenomenon that leaves most of us, men and women, silent and awed. Not so Merlyn Norris—he saw it as his opportunity to string together people and events he remembered from his travels. Often, the wind trails across their lives were as astonishing as the ripples on the lake were awe-inspiring and beautiful.When Charlie Barton listens to the stories Jim Chris tells about growing up on a Missouri farm, he thinks thats all they are--tall tales meant for amusement.

But when Charlies life is crumbling, he discovers that all along Jim Chris has been giving him a recipe for true success in life.It was my joy to know Merle Norris as a member of a writers group where he shared the beginnings of this book. How I remember laughing at the tall tales of Jim Chris and Charlie Barton and delighting in the rhythm of this work. I loved it from the beginning and was honored when Merle asked me to edit the manuscript and offer suggestions on how to pull it together as a cohesive story. I was doubly honored, when, after Merles death, his widow, Frances, asked me to finish the rewrite Merle had abandoned those last weeks of illness.

Im not sure I made this book better. But I did work hard to maintain the integrity of the story he set out to tell. I didnt know in the beginning how much of Merle was in the characters of Jim Chris and Charlie Barton, but I suspect more than he was even aware of. Somehow I can picture all three of them sitting out at the lake, maybe passing a jug around and watching the Wind Trails on The Water. I think theyd all be happy to know that someone is now reading their story and maybe sharing a chuckle or two.--Maryann Miller, author/editor



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