19 Years Ago This Weekend – Now Includes Sponsoring Member Author and Proofreader Jo Elizabeth Pinto Information

19 Years Ago This Weekend – Now Includes Sponsoring Member Author and Proofreader Jo Elizabeth Pinto Information

19 Years Ago

It was Memorial Day weekend and though serious storms were forecast, and those normally made me afraid, I was too excited to be worried. Had I known what sort of damage what I was about to do would cause, I’d have never walked out my door. But I had no way to know, so I went ahead with no warning whatsoever, and as I walked out the door behind Donnie and headed toward our friend Johns van, over a decade of destruction for me and a lot of those I loved was set into motion and there was no stopping it.

I’d met Donnie some years back through a van driver of mine, who just happened to be his significant other at the time, but while Looking back on things now, I truly believe she hoped we’d hit it off, hoped I’d see the troubles in their relationship and want him for my own.

I, being in a hideous living situation and wanting out, was immediately sucked in, and before I knew it we were talking on the phone, I was visiting at their house, and pretty soon, everything his then partner Leslie wanted fell into place.

When the two of them split, not only did I get involved with him, I assisted him with getting custody of his then two-year-old son, and shortly after that, I moved from the place I was living at the time, into an apartment in the same apartment complex as Donnie. Oddly enough that apartment complex is within sight of the one I live in now.

Today, as I sit here in the quietude of my tiny hide-away-hut thinking about days gone by, I cannot believe how absolutely stupid I was to have been taken in by him. All the red flags were there, alarms ringing loudly from every angle, yet at the time, I saw none of it.

Later, Donnie and I moved into a wonderful duplex type house together, each with our own half, and shortly after that, I went to The Seeing Eye for my first dog Campbell.

Many people have asked how Donnie and I met, and though that’s the very condensed version, I can tell you, it is with that story I plan to begin, the second book in my Pathway to Freedom Broken and Healed the Raw Truth.

I currently have a work in progress, which is The Blended Lives Chronicles a Battle of Choices due out in October 2024.

Once that’s published I intend to sit down and provided no disasters get in my way, I plan to work throughout fall, winter and spring, and if all goes to plan I hope to publish in late summer or early fall of 2025.

I must tell you this second book in the Pathway to Freedom Broken and Healed memoir trilogy will be quite dark, as the years of 2012 and 2013 were some of the worst years of my life.

If I was mentally ill before that time in my life, it was nothing compared to what I was by the time Donnie was convicted and sent to prison for sexual exploitation of a miner. He not only had over 100 pictures in his possession when the police came to search his part of the house on an accusation of child molestation, never proven because the filthy thing took a plea bargain, but after he went away and I began clearing the house of his things, I found undeniable proof he was guilty of that and more.

Though I tried to get the police to reopen the case, I was never able to make it happen and this along with everything else that happened during that time, sent me into some of the worst mental sickness I ever experienced in my life.

Now, I am as well as I am able to be in this stage of my life, but this entire month has been a bit triggering for me, I’ve made a few mistakes due to my mania being a bit out of control at times, and I can only hope I’ve not done any lasting damage along my way.

For now, this is all I’ve within me to share. Thats not to say there’s not more I could say it’s just at this point it’s all I’ve got the strength to write.

I thank you for reading if you did.

For now, I bid you a good day.

May Harmony find You.

Blessid Be.

Patty Fletcher lives in Kingsport Tennessee where she works as an author and social media marketing assistant.

Learn more at: http://www.pattysworlds.com

This essay was brought to you by sponsoring member author and proofreader Jo Elizabeth Pinto. See her information below.

New Young Adult Novel!

Braided Love

A house with a fence

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Book Cover Description

The front cover features a two-story farmhouse with a peaked roof and a covered front porch. The house is white with dark trim around the windows and a light blue door. There are two visible windows on the second floor and three on the first, with curtains partially drawn. The porch has two white columns and a bench swing. In front of the house is a wooden fence with three horizontal rails. The background shows a clear blue sky, a calm body of water to the left, and autumn-colored trees to the right. The title “Braided Love” is written in a cursive, golden font at the top, and the author’s name is at the bottom in a simple, white font. Taking up most of the back of the book, besides the following text, is a red Corvette.

Back Cover Text

“Summer on the ranch seems safe and predictable for Brenda. All she has on her mind are trips into town with Nick Haynes and the horsehair rope she’s braiding so she can start training her Morgan colt, Tenacity. Then Cathy arrives from the city with a troubled past and an uncertain future. As Cathy adjusts to life in the country, both girls begin to figure out what family bonds really mean to them in a world that isn’t as simple as it appears.”

About the Author

Jo Elizabeth Pinto was among the first blind students to integrate the public schools in the 1970’s when federal laws allowed disabled students to be educated with their peers. She has earned two college degrees, one in human services and one in nonprofit organization management. She freelances these days as an editor and a braille proofreader.

As an author, Pinto entertains her readers while giving them food for thought. In her fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, she draws on personal experience to illustrate that hope is always an action away.

Pinto lives in Colorado with her husband and their teenage daughter. Their family also includes Pinto’s guide dog Spreckles, a poodle/Maltese mix called Leo, and an aging family cat who answers to the name Sam-I-Am when he feels like it.

Her website is: brightsideauthor.com


  1. Jo Elizabeth Pinto Reply
    May 27, 2024

    I love you, Patty. You’re one of the strongest women I know. Remember that life moves in one direction–forward, always forward. We can’t look at the past and regret not knowing then what we know now.

    1. Thank you my friend not regretting just looking it over. It’s something that happens sometimes. It’s very stormy here today day and living literally within spitting distance of the place where he and I began how well it’s a bit triggering sometimes.

  2. Tasha Halpert Reply
    May 27, 2024

    You write well of what must be difficult, to say the least, for you to set down, let alone to remember. Thank you for your courageous sharing, all blessings, Tasha

  3. Hi, Tasha.
    Thanks for that.
    I sat down yesterday evening with a big glass of ice water after a good walk with Blue and decided to open the door just a crack to see what might be in that memory bank that I might be able to write of in some way. It’s long past time to write it and be done. Even my psych nurse practitioner thinks so. She and I talk quite frequently of such matters and she feels I’ll be able to release more anxiety once I’ve ripped the bandage off and let the wound receive the air.
    I’m finally to a point where I agree.
    Writing the fiction books has helped.

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