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A Husband’s Memoir of Trauma and Triumph Chronicles the Uplifting True Story of Love and Resiliency

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STRUCK: A Husband’s Memoir of Trauma and Triumph Chronicles the Uplifting True Story of Love and Resiliency

  
One of life’s biggest clichés became reality when film and television writer Douglas Segal got a phone call that none of us ever wants to get. Segal’s wife, Susan, and their daughter, Alyce, had been randomly hit head-on by a city bus, and Segal had to deal with what frightens us most: a sudden disaster that changes everything. 

STRUCK: A Husband’s Memoir of Trauma and Triumph is an intimate and honest chronicle of how Doug, Susan, and their family put their lives back together after the unimaginable happened. After being pulled from the wreckage, miraculously alive (also miraculously, Alyce was relatively unscathed), Susan faced the almost insurmountable challenge of recovering from a hangman’s injury (the same that paralyzed Christopher Reeve), many broken bones, life-threatening internal injuries, and brain damage.

After the accident, Doug began sending email updates to friends and family. The love and support they received help him get through each day. The list of recipients began to grow as others heard about the accident and were moved to send messages of prayers of support. Alternatingly humorous, heartbreaking, and hopeful, STRUCK is built around those email updates and is an inspiring example of how people show up for one another in times of crisis. 

“Revisiting this dark chapter in our lives was personally harrowing, but it was also cathartic,” Doug Segal says. “There was a temptation not to reveal all, but I felt that if this story was going to touch and inspire people struggling to survive life’s challenges or coping with loss, I couldn’t hold back on the intimate details; I had to put it all out there.”

“What happened was so nightmarish, it’s the kind of thing you think only happens to other people—until it happens to you,” says Susan Segal. “It’s not easy to feel so revealed, exposed even, by the book, but I hope people will see it as not only a story of my survival against all odds, but also, as Doug calls it, ‘a love story of sorts.’ ”

At its heart, this is a story of a husband’s relentless devotion to his wife, the resilience of family, and the changing yet enduring nature of love. As with the most unforgettable memoirs, STRUCK is at turns both tear-jerking and surprisingly laughter-inducing, vacillating between the tragic effects of the accident and some of their comic consequences.

“We came back from this experience somehow stronger as a couple and as a family,” Susan says. “I hope everyone who picks up the book comes away with a greater appreciation for their own loved ones, and for life itself.”

As Susan and Doug now say, everybody’s got their bus—we all will face serious challenges at one time or another. STRUCK shows how it is possible to create a community of love and support, and how that community makes all the difference.

“An extraordinary love story. Doug Segal’s fluid, honest, insightful, funny, and very public look at his and Susan’s marriage couldn’t have been made up even by the best Hollywood writer, of which Doug is one. It’s a real-life story about what it takes for a woman to survive getting hit by a bus. ” — Rabbi John L. Rosove, author of Why Judaism Matters

About the Author
Douglas Segal served as co-producer of the feature films Three Kings and City of Angels. He also worked on the feature films Fallen, 12 Monkeys,and Scooby Doo, and produced the feature film Bulletproof Monk. On the television side, Segal has written and produced shows for Fox, Fox 21, the CW, and Disney and has been a writer, producer, director, and/or showrunner of series for Animal Planet, History, A&E, and The Travel Channel. Projects he has been involved in have been nominated for Golden Globe, Grammy, and People’s Choice awards, and many have won Teachers’ Choice and Parents’ Choice awards. A graduate of New York University, Segal also authored the children’s book I Can Go to School. He lives in Los Angeles with Susan and their children, Michael and Alyce.

For more information on Doug and Susan and Struck, visit https://www.douglassegal.com
and view this heartwarming interview: https://vimeo.com/274994077

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Seattle Mayor has 2nd Thoughts on Defunding Police

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Seattle Mayor has 2nd Thoughts on Defunding Police

 

2nd Amendment Foundation spokespersons are available to discuss this article wherein outgoing Seattle Mayor seems to have second thoughts on Seattle’s so-called Summer of Love with the mantra of defunding the police.

 

 Did Outgoing Seattle Mayor Experience Epiphany, or ‘Well, DUH’ Moment?

 

By Dave Workman, 2nd Amendment Foundation

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan has pointed a finger at “city leaders” whose rhetoric and actions have resulted in the city becoming a “no man’s land” according to a Seattle Times columnist.

 

Writing in the Seattle Times Wednesday, columnist Danny Westneat talked about an observation from outgoing Mayor Jenny “Summer-of-Love” Durkan, who said during a press conference on the city’s violent weekend, “When city leaders talk about cutting a department by 50%, you will lose employees.”

Durkan was referring to the far-left City Council, whose majority “embraced last year” rhetoric about stripping half of the police department’s budget. Ultimately, the council cut 11 percent of the budget, Westneat reveals, amounting to $46 million. But the morale-pounding experienced by the agency has resulted in the loss of 270 officers over an 18-month period.

The result has been an uptick in violent crime, including homicide. That Durkan acknowledged this may seem surprising, but what does she have to lose? She is not running for re-election.

Westneat poked the council for being “without any coherent plan to address the worst spate of gun violence in recent memory.”

That’s not just a problem in Seattle. It appears to be a dilemma facing other cities where police budgets were reduced and officers have departed.

But Westneat’s use of the term “gun violence” may strike a nerve with Evergreen State Second Amendment activists, since not all the violence involves firearms. A question posted on Facebook explains the problem: “What do you call it when someone is: Bludgeoned? Fatally stabbed? Strangled? Beaten to death?”

It’s a fair question because “gun violence” seems to affix blame on the instrument rather than the perpetrator.

But reports about a spate of recent rock throwing incidents along I-5 and I-90 didn’t blame the rocks.

Since Seattle’s adoption of a special tax on guns and ammunition back in July 2015 ostensibly to reduce gun violence by raising funds to finance intervention programs—the tax took effect in January 2016—the murder numbers have gone up, not down. Last year, 52 people were murdered in the city.

Another question for which nobody seems to have an answer is how many of the individuals involved in last weekend’s violence, during which five people were killed between Friday evening and Sunday night, were legally carrying firearms? Liberty Park Press received several charging documents relating to violent crime in Seattle and surrounding King County. Several of the suspects now facing charges were allegedly in unlawful possession of firearms.

That would preclude having legally obtained those guns, so there was no background check, and any discussion about so-called “universal background checks” is moot because that’s already the law in Washington state, thanks to Initiative 594, adopted by voters in 2014.

If they were in unlawful possession, they also didn’t have concealed pistol licenses, either due to past disqualifying criminal behavior or because they were under 21 at the time of the crime, or both. In one case of murder in January, the suspect allegedly told detectives he had “purchased the gun several days prior (to the killing).” That doesn’t mean the background check law needs to be strengthened. It means criminals won’t bother with background checks even if the law is somehow made stronger, and they certainly won’t be encumbered with waiting periods, as law-abiding citizens are now.

Westneat’s column says Seattle has become a “no man’s land” thanks to the “city leaders” to whom Durkan referred in her comments. They’re the same people who want to end state preemption so they can create their own gun control laws within the city, although the documents from the County Prosecutor’s office should convince them that local gun control would be as much a failure as the state laws it would presumably replace. But history suggests that won’t stop Seattle from trying. It’s far easier to demonize millions of law-abiding gun owners than it is to admit your policies and politics have failed.

Durkan might share some of the fault, too. Some have argued she provided no clear leadership last year when one councilmember allegedly let a mob into City Hall after hours during the state lockdown.

Now the city has a crisis on its hands. It’s not an “epidemic of gun violence” but a void of leadership that has allowed the left-leaning council, by words and deeds, to create an environment easily fitting Westneat’s description of “no man’s land,” critics have intimated.

It seems to be a malady that masks and vaccines can’t solve.

End of article.

 

Where may we get more information on this case? Saf.org

 

Where may we get information on buying guns and training on how to use them? Saf.org

 

EXPERT GUESTS AVAILABLE TO INTERVIEW ON THIS TOPIC:

ABOUT CAM EDWARDS (In Eastern Time)

Cam Edwards of the Second Amendment Foundation – Cam Edwards is the editor at Bearing Arms-dot-com and the host of the Cam & Company podcast, which focuses on Second Amendment news and information. Cam is originally from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and has worked in radio, television, and online media for over two decades.

He currently lives on a small farm with his family near Farmville, Virginia and is a member of the board of Citizens Committee to Keep and Bear Arms.

ABOUT GLEN CAROLINE (In Eastern Time)

Veteran grassroots gun rights organizer Glen Caroline is the Director of External Affairs for the Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. With 29 years of front line experience in the Second Amendment movement, Caroline spearheads grassroots and training programs for both organizations. Glen comes to the SAF/CCRKBA after serving for years as managing director of the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action Grassroots Programs and Campaign Field Operations division. Glen’s entire professional life has been dedicated to the cause of the Second Amendment and the preservation of Americans’ liberties.

 

ABOUT LEE WILLIAMS

 

Lee Williams is also known as “The Gun Writer,” and has been writing about the Second Amendment, firearms, the firearms industry, and the gun culture for more than 10 years.

He is the Chief Editor of the Second Amendment Foundation’s Investigative Reporting Project, and is a frequent contributor to Ammoland News and Armed American Radio. He also serves as a board member of Florida Carry, Inc. 

Until recently, he was also an editor for a daily newspaper in Florida. 

Before becoming a newspaper editor, Lee was an investigative reporter at newspapers in three states and a U.S. Territory. Before becoming a journalist, he worked as a police officer. Before becoming a cop, Lee served in the Army. 

He’s earned more than a dozen national journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. Lee is an avid tactical shooter.

2nd Amendment Foundation spokespersons are available to discuss this article wherein outgoing Seattle Mayor seems to have second thoughts on Seattle’s so-called Summer of Love with the mantra of defunding the police.

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Tim Phizackerley – Britain’s Fastest Hypnotist

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Tim Phizackerley of BritainsFastestHypnotist.com is a hypnotist, therapist, and mind coach specializing in treatment of addiction, PTSD, and trauma.

Tim uses rapid, deep hypnosis and other fascinating tools to end addictions, cure trauma, fix relationship problems and change lives. You can see reviews and video clips on his website here.

Featured in the national press, on radio and on TV, Tim’s work has benefited hundreds of thousands of people. He was also featured in the hit book From Rock Bottom To Sober Forever: The story of how a hopeless alcoholic, resigned to an early death, found complete freedom from her addiction.

In his practice, Tim Phizackerley is an expert in hypnotism and uses high-speed ultra-deep methods to solve problems that otherwise seem hopeless. His work on Post Traumatic Stress was recently endorsed by a team of professional neuroscientists as having yielded the best and most rapid PTSD treatment known. He has mental health treatment programs being used in UK schools right now.

He became interested in fear, trauma, and mindset because he is married to a three-time survivor of terminal illness and multiple transplantee. It was his desire to help her that led to his career as a hypnotist. He is passionate about people, has an international client list, and is a trainer of hypnotism for positive change. Hundreds of thousands of people have now used his programs.

The practical applications of hypnosis have been largely untapped by science or in the professional treatment for substance abuse. Advertisers are hurting people with hypnosis though and they use it regularly. Tim is keen to educate people on how to defend themselves by being aware of the methods in use.

Hypnosis is a truly fascinating/contentious subject and as Britain’s Fastest Hypnotist and with a wealth of unique and fascinating experience, Tim has countless incredibly interesting and useful things to share with you.

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