For all the alumni of St. Joseph/St. Mary's Asylum
Perhaps few authors are wholly original as far as their plots are concerned; indeed, Shakespeare seems to have invented almost nothing, while Chaucer borrowed from both the living and the dead. And to come down to a somewhat different plane, the present writer is even more derivative, since for these books he has in generally kept doggedly to recorded actions, nourishing his fancy with log-books, dispatches, letters, memoirs and contemporary reports. But general appropriation, is not quite the same thing as outright plagiary, and in passing it must be confessed that several passages and descriptions have been taken straight from the text of authors listed herein, whose words did not seem capable of improvement. Among them my inspiration, my beloved Grandfather, Welby Thomas Cox, Jr. who edited and watched patiently.
There was a historical period in America during the late nineteenth and most of the twentieth century when our homeless and orphaned children were institutionalized…some of these places have been chronicled in the press as cold, indifferent and even cruel toward the children. We remember well some of those written into infamy like a character from Dickens, or the play and movie "Annie," which stole the title for its theme song from my book. But, some of the children got lucky like Buddy Quinn and found their way into the Asylum.
Later, after the adoption of Roe vs. Wade, the mothers of these unborn children took them to the abortion clinics…Jewish names like Friedman, Steinem, Helen (Girlie Porn) Brown, Michaelman and their band of radical feminist and the American’s for Civil Liberties (Jewish front) leading militant working class union women, gays, blacks who supported the coalition…relaxed and smiled at a job well done! The Feminist Army murdered over 50 million babies in the period 1973-2005. Was this the clandestine Jewish retaliation against the Catholics and the Goya’s… whom they blamed for failing them in World War II. Pope John Paul II chose to apologize for the holocaust but he never spoke out against the homosexuals abusing Catholic children and women. A Pope more comfortable in dealing with the war-time atrocities by the Nazis against the Jews than in addressing the most critical issue of the 20th century for the church…and some call him a saint…this author calls him a collaborator to evil.
The place where unwanted children comes alive, producing the most lovable characters that truly existed in a home at Branson, Tennessee…St. Joseph/St. Mary Asylum. You will not be able to put this novel down…Major Teed's research is impeccable as he weaves it into a heartwarming and sometimes painful, but always loving story of orphans and orphanages, with respect for the devotion of the Sisters of Charity, the Diocesan and Dominican Priest, who in my lifetime of close scrutiny, never displayed any of the abusive and scandalous sexual conduct, which have been so much in the news and a part of our lives these past thirty-five years. To all those wonderful and dedicated religious, whom I have had the good fortune to know and love, my deepest devotion and gratitude.
All the characters in this novel are fictitious and any resemblance to actual persons, whether living or dead, is entirely coincidental…except for those individuals listed as a part of the index who are believed to have lived at some time in their lives.