The Short Stories of Roger Summers

The stories will leave you feeling better about the world around you. They will make you feel better about yourself.

Roger Summers and I go way back together.

In another lifetime, we were working journalists, helping to fill the pages for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

At that time, the morning/evening editions of the Star-T had the largest daily circulation in Texas.

There were a lot of pages to fill.

I worked the police beat.

Roger Summers

Roger prowled the courthouse.

I wrote about the bad guys being arrested.

Roger wrote about their trials.

He was the best newspaperman I ever knew.

He wrote honestly.

He wrote beautifully.

He personally covered two of the biggest stories of our lifetime.

He covered the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

He covered the trial of Jack Ruby, the nightclub owner who murdered the alleged assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald.

He could capture the heart and soul of any story with a single paragraph, sometimes a single sentence.

He knew he was not simply writing a newspaper article.

He was writing about lives, about real, honest-to-goodness human beings.

Some were scoundrels.

Some had hard, bitter, and poignant stories to tell.

And Roger knew how to tell them.

Those days are far in our past.

But Roger is still using his words and now his imagination to write about the the frailties and foibles of the human condition.

He was written two wonderful short stories.

The first was “Tortillas for Juan.”

He explains: Juan was a boy who grew up in a hard scrabble rural area where he had limited opportunity but whose good fortune was that he had two teachers – twin sisters – at the two-room schoolhouse he attended who made sure he not only learned readin,’ writin’ ‘n’ rithmetic but responsibility, resilience and the “gumption” needed for him to have the chance to succeed and make his mark.

The latest is “The Button Jar.”

Bertha is a seamstress who brightens the day in her rural community for years and when she retired and moved to a care facility she found a way to do the same for those who lived there. She brought joy using her collection of buttons – and her imagination.

They’re on Amazon.

Read them.

The stories will leave you feeling better about the world around you.

They will make you feel better about yourself.

The stories may be fiction.

But they capture the essence of life, its hardships and its triumphs.

Bertha and Juan cease to be mere characters in a story.

They teach the lessons of life.

They become friends for life.

They will remain with you long after you’ve read the final page.

Friends are like that.

Please click HERE to find The Button Jar on Amazon.

Please click HERE to find Tortillas for Juan on Amazon.

 

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