The sounds of the trains: always rattling the buildings and inundating the solitude with their cruel tones of wrath. They were the sounds locked in the small brain of a child and resurrected in the period of a lifetime.
There were no Catholic candles to snuff the darkness and still this raging storm. There could be no safe haven here in this place where I was born.
But this happened so long ago and should have been forgotten. Yes, this was the place, the time, and yes, these were the people brought to my attention again and again, throughout my lifetime, wherever I lived, by the sound of a train. This is how it always plays itself out. This was good old Alliance, Ohio.
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About the Book
The Buried War is a bugle cry; a Reveille of rage and a eulogy for the lost souls of war. It is the story of my father, his PTSD as a WW II veteran, my own journey as a Franciscan monk and heartfelt struggle with depression throughout my life. It is the story of a family from Alliance, Ohio weathering the storm of incredible poverty and hopelessness while living with the insanity of a father impaired and afflicted by the war. It is the story of my search for purpose and meaning by following the way of St. Francis of Assisi even after leaving behind the robe, the cord and the sandals.
About the Author
Bill Beltz was born in Alliance, Ohio in 1948. He holds an Ed. M. in Psychology and Learning Disabilities. After spending several years as a Franciscan monk and teacher he is now an entrepreneur with a business that he has owned and managed for over thirty-five years. He is a Board Member of the Thomas Wolfe Society, a worldwide organization that encourages readership and creative writing and is also a contributor to the Thomas Wolfe Review. His wife Karen is a retired educator. One of his favorite hobbies is section hiking the Appalachian Trail. This is his debut memoir.