Collegiate years serve to create another book

    With the feverish pitch that Dwain Penn was publishing books, exceeding more than one major book per year, he continued to look for other subjects that would be appropriate to document.  As an avid letter writer for years, he collected letters he had received from others and with his four year matriculation at a state technical college (Southern Tech in Marietta), he amassed quite a sundry of letters from home and other relatives.

    To give comprehension to the contents of each letter, Penn decided to publish chronologically all letters written and received during his college career.  The working title was "College Days" which lacked originality.  It wasn't until the compilation was coming to a close that Penn came across some very emotional letters written and received from home.  He realized, as he typed out the bitter-sweet words of his mother, she understood his fear and trepidation about the future and the unknown.

    Like a fledgling bird pushed from the nest, Penn faced his problems head-on and was able to redeem his life, his work and his studies to graduate from Southern Tech with high honors.  His life was redeemed when he chose salvation during the summer of '77 as his mother lay in a hospital dying of cancer.  He redeemed his work by viewing education as a temporary occupation and ordered his daily hours like a stint in the military.  And he redeemed his studies by earning high grades, placing him on the Dean's List for nine of eleven quarters and obtaining membership in Tau Alpha Pi, a national honors society.

    Like the Georgie book, Facing Fledgling Fears is very precious to Dwain because it reveals the hurting heart of a mother who wishes God's very best for all of her children, but especially for her "baby" who has left home and is finding out how cruel real life can be.  Many of Mama's letters pour out great words of passion from her heart that may surprise many and yet confirm the attributes of unconditional agape love.

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EXCERPT:

[No attempt was made to correct grammatical and spelling errors]

Dearest Dwaine,

Just a few lines to let you know we havenít forgotten you.  Wont have time to write much for its getting late.

How are you to day?  Hope your cough is much better.  Iíve taken more cold.  My nose is runing and Iím coughing awful again.  Daddyís doing O.K. and Donna is in LaGrange.  We went over ther yesterday so I could see Olin Mills about fixing those pictures for me but they couldnít do it.  I donít know what Iíll do now.

Donna went over there Monday.  I guess sheíll come home to day.  Its foggie an cloudy here like it might start raining again.

Guess what?  Bobby had a lab test yesterday and they called her after she came in from work & said sheís pregnant again.  Isnít that great.  Iím so glad.  Said she would have to see her Dr. now to figure out went itís due.  David said he hoped it would come early in Dec. so he could turn it in on his tax return in 76.  I hope itís a little girl.  Donít you.

We went over to Maryís and Lorning [Loring and Mary Moore were neighbors when we lived on Garner Street] Monday nite and stayed until nearly ten.  Thatís why I taken more cold.  We stood outside a while when we started to leave.  We first went down to Uncle Williamís and they wasnít at home so we went to Maryís.  You wont believe how Lori has grown up.  She was so glad to see us.  Neither one of them wanted us to leave.  We really enjoyed the visit.  I still havenít heard any thing from Dianne and Pat.  Guess weíll try to see them this week end.  Well Iíll sign off and get this in the mail hopeing youíll get it before you come home.  Remember we love you very much.  Bye for now.  Will see you Fri.  Please be Careful.  Love Always, Mother.