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An invented word I use to signify the connection between human spirit and the rest of evolution. The intent is to remind us that any distinctions to be made between humans and other life forms are incremental and inclusive, that we are expressions of a spiritual continuum. Emerging consciousness is, in my view, the universe getting to know itself.
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The first novel in a trilogy titled +15, Stained Glass is a story within a story. Journalist Kyle Welland has been handed a tobacco tin by his mother, which contains letters and memorabilia belonging to his great-great-grandparents, Christopher Newman and Anna Armstrong. As his own marriage enters the final phases of break up he finds himself immersed in researching the story of his ancestors’ 19th Century love-story. The juxtapositioning of the two life-stories casts both in high relief.
Anna Armstrong’s emotionally precarious life as the daughter of a rigid, abusive evangelical minister descends into sexual slavery and incest after her mother dies. In desperation she flees her family home as a young woman, only to be taken advantage of by other men. Her final sanctuary is within the harem of a high class establishment run by Madame Blavinsky in the gold rush town of Barkerville, British Columbia, where she arrives in the late 1860s. By then she has been the victim of many crimes, and has committed a capital crime herself. Despite her secrets, Anna has survived as a strong, indomitable spirit.
The son of a Manchester Industrialist and a staunch Anglican mother, Christopher Newman forsook his inheritance as a youth, choosing instead to become an Anglican priest. But he finds it increasingly difficult, even as he approaches ordination, to quell his doubts about Christian theology and morality. Embroiled in controversy, he chooses to move farther and farther from the institutional epicenter, finally emigrating to the gold rush town of Barkerville, British Columbia, as a missionary priest in the 1870s. He meets and falls in love with Anna Armstrong in Barkerville.