“The physical wound from abuse is temporary. The emotional scar, however, is permanent.”
The 9/11 World Trade Center tragedy forced me to think about life and that which is truly important. Soon afterward, I left the corporate world and the Chicago suburbs to return to the place of my youth -- the very place
to which I swore I’d never again return.
I came back to Phillips, a small town nestled in the Wisconsin north woods. Surrounded by the national forest, Phillips is a town comprised of friendly people supported by a hardboard factory and a logging industry. Mother was alive when I arrived in 2001. The following summer, I took her golfing on the 4th of July. Independence Day was also Mother’s birthday. Golfing with her was the most enjoyable time we ever spent together. She referred to me as “the white Tiger Woods.” Several years later, my mother passed away. She died from alcohol poisoning. For she died as she had lived. The words written within are as painful to recall as they were to live. Childhood is precious, a time of innocence. That’s what I’m told anyway. I wouldn’t know from personal experience.
Down by the Riverside is the personal story, as told by author Randall (Randy) Bucek, of his agonizing experience growing up with an alcoholic mother in their family's tavern - 'Leo's Riverside.'
Posted by Ann Lucas on 18th Jul 2016
Randy shares a beautiful story about growing up suffering the effects of alcoholism and abuse. With raw, gut wrenching emotion he brings us into his world as a child where fear and love are in constant conflict. Readers who experienced painful childhood (and those who have not) will find hope in the possibility of healing and ultimately, the power of forgiveness.
Posted by Melinda Brown on 29th Jun 2016
Down by the Riverside was one of the best books I have ever read! I was on the edge of my seat the entire book! I gave it to my sister to read and told everyone I know to read it! Can the story continue please!?