Katrina is unique: her psychic powers allow her to recognize energy waves with her mind. But her ability comes with a price, and she must treat the symptoms arising from using it. While writing a letter to her daughter, Emma, as an apology for the stress Katrina put her through, she gets a call from her estranged father. He requests her to visit him in Washington DC. During the visit, her disciplined father opens up as he takes her to Arlington National Cemetery where he reveals two secrets. One is about her late brother, who passed from a rare brain cancer, and the other reveals why she has the ability. Her father details the events that happened to him as a young private where he was assigned to help recover the remains of a UFO crash near Corona, New Mexico. Events related to the assignment would have a great impact on him, and later, his family.
Born in Italy, Paul arrived in the United States at the age of three. The family settled in Chicago for a couple years, then moved to the southwest suburb of Hickory Hills.
After graduating public high school, he was admitted to the University of Illinois, Chicago for architecture. He earned a professional degree in 1981. Afterwards, he applied and was accepted to United States Air Force Officer Training School where graduation resulted in a commission as a second lieutenant. He stayed in the Air Force until he was granted an honorable discharge in 1995.
After sixteen years of working in a few private firms, he applied to the United States Army Corps of Engineers in 2012. Paul is a design manager for projects associated with bases in the Middle East.
His first, novel, The Disclosure Paradox, was self-published 30 October 2019. It enjoys high ratings on Amazon and Goodreads with approximately 400 copies in circulation.
He lives in rural West Virginia where his wife, adopted grandson, and two older rescue mutts work and play on six acres of woods, high grass, and wild flowers.
My first visit to Arlington National Cemetery was not long after I moved to WV. I was struck by the topography; it was an exercise to walk the entire site. One of the many monuments I looked for, and found, was the one I describe in this passage. Every American should make the trip to this place. When I was there, two separate funerary details were in progress. The gun volleys echoed throughout the otherwise quiet cemetery.
What Doesn't Kill Her
It was Katrina’s first visit to Arlington National Cemetery. Her father had been there several times–some for official duty as part of an honor guard during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Getting out of the sheltered underground parking, Katrina buttoned up her light jacket. Edwin welcomed the fresh air on his face; a contrast to the staleness of the retirement home. A spring landscape greeted visitors paying respect to the fallen. Blossoms graced the hallowed grounds to herald nature’s renewal. Katrina was struck by the symbolism. Death was not the finality most people fear.