“We The People
of the Superior States
of North America”
“Hereby secede from The United States of America.”
Let it not be said that disaffected citizens of an existing nation cannot band together, in their like-mindedness, and create a land that is established with the blessing of God, to live together without beholding to a government which insists on ignoring the majority in favor of a raucous and gaudy minority.
- We do not enter into this union lightly or without regard to its obligation to the greater community of the planet Earth.
- We stand on the Word of God and adhere to its Superior guidance.
- We are people of good moral standing, who treat all as equal under the sun and expect the best from ourselves.
- We take complete and total responsibility for our actions, whether as individuals or together.
- We shall defend our borders with fervor, respectful of our neighbors (Canada) to the North and (United States of America) to the South.
We the citizens of Superior States of North America hereby reject:
- The blatant ignorance of the Constitution of the United States of America on which the country was established, but has been trampled upon by those currently in power.
- The aggressive suppression of religious freedom as previously contracted by the Founding Fathers.
- The inability to enforce the laws of the land as set forth by previous members of the United States’ Congresses.
- The notion that “political correctness” takes precedence over common sense.
- The Tax Code has become the personal toy of the Economic Elite, thereby creating an unsatisfactory disparity among the very rich and the very poor.
Within the Superior States of North America:
- Sound moral code will rule the day
- Compassion will rule the day
- Common Sense will rule the day
- From each according to his ability, to each according to his need
- The One True God will rule His people
“I was temporarily insane and disillusioned at the time.”
This is a postulate set forth by the goals & aspirations of Gwendolyn Hoff and her alone, with the hope of inspiring like-minded people to action. She is not a card-carrying member of the Tea Party and does not endorse continued participation as citizens of the United States of America.
The map as shown is subject to the approval by referendum by the entire individual states of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, North & South Dakota, Idaho and Montana. It is also subject to the approval by referendum of counties bordering the following states, Michigan, Illinois and Wyoming.
“If you believe in this cause, get a hold of me & we will talk.”
We The People of the Superior States
of North America
Alpha Omega M.D. – Final Episode
…Alpha O. Campbell, M.D. deserved a better fate. Gwendolyn Hoff has given it to him. Thank you for the privilege of writing this story.
A.O., God rest your soul. It has been one wild ride!…
In chapters 8 and 9 we are introduced to suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, who is an admitted sidetrack. The company town Blountstown is the Calhoun County seat, but it is mere fodder for the overall story. Company towns can really be like Blountstown.
All the above is a lead-up to our late involvement in WWI, where we meet Sir James Matthew Barrie, the prolific playwright and cousin to John Ferrell. John Ferrell’s supply ship, the Panama City, never sailed, was not sunk by U-Boat submarines, though the elder Ferrell did indeed die in 1916; such a blue-blooded way to die, helping your Scottish ancestors through a tough time.
Chapters 10 and 11 encompass that bloody 1st world war, along with the deadly influenza that started in Europe and traveled back to the US. 30 million people died worldwide and that is about the time that Alpha Omega Campbell began practicing medicine.
After the doctor and Maggie wed in 1918, they both had affairs that produced children. Maggie’s dalliance produced middle daughter, Laura. That little child was so fair-skinned, right banker Lewis? Alpha, for his part, did father a child; it’s just that whether it was with Camille Diaz is buried amongst the Careless Whispers. Camille is fictional.
Alice Paul did argue for the cause of the right for women to vote, which was a hard fought and contentious lead-up to the Roaring Twenties, but is window dressing for my purposes.
Those Roaring years of flappers and debauchery are bypassed here, as is the Great Depression. It seems the author does not deal well with hard times, which resurface in the closing chapters, a.k.a. the happy, or rather, calm ending. So From the Ashes emerges the mid-1930’s. We lose great characters Harv Pearson, Herb Love and Phoebe. We’ve already left the Endlichoffer’s behind and the elder Ferrells.
James Ferrell becomes the Dr.’s lawyer and we are (re)introduced to Carolyn Hanes (Constance Caraway – Private Eye) and her lover Sara Fenwick (Fanny Renwick). Like the incest episode between James and Agnes, this Lesbian relationship is a glimpse into life in the South, as well as real life. This statement is not meant to offend, it’s just that things happen down there that are “different”, perhaps more frequently or just a figment of a fertile fancy.
Chapters, Hospitable, Inhospitable fly us to Area 51 and an alien contact. Good ol’ Newt Swakhammer, what a guy? The government calls him a crank. But the year 1947 harbors UFO’s, as well as the brick & mortar of Laura Bell Memorial Hospital… born of Alpha O. Campbell’s spirit, the building itself is one large lightning rod; meant for good, yet attracting an onslaught of controversy and hardship.
As for the remainder of The Life and Times, not so many pages back, your imagination is the king. My imagination has splattered the backdrop of history from way-back 1896, all the way up to the dawn of John Fitzgerald Kennedy… Just the dawn, mind you, then you are reeled back to 1955.
Isn’t that rude? But look at the payoff. Instead of an old man in jail, we happen upon a Laura Bell Memorial Hospital with a future. What a shame that this was not the ending to the saga of one of the first Black doctors in Florida. In my rosy reality, we all have access to Alice’s Wonderful Looking Glass.
A.O., God rest your soul. It has been one wild ride!
Copyright © 2016 by Gwendolyn K Hoff All Rights Reserved
Alpha Omega M.D.
– Final Episode
Alpha Omega M.D. – Episode #333
… pure fictional genius…
Nearly all of the main Tallahassee characters were real people. I used their actual names and because of the volatile nature of the events, especially in the 1950’s, I may have the legal department pulling out their hair. If I had fictionalized their names, I could never have kept them all straight. Who they were and what was their relation to A.O. Campbell needed to be as is. Perhaps it is due to my simple mind, but George Lewis, Charles Wilson, Franklin McLoud, the Dr.’s nurses, the Dr.’s attorneys, the Prosecutors, Starke Prison and Audrie Franich, all appearing in chapter 1 & subsequently, are real.
Now, some of the machinations surrounding his trial and subsequent imprisonment, well that is a combination of speculation and fictionalization on my part. None of this tinkering affects the end result.
Carolyn Hanes and Capt. Robert Ford do have a big role in the book. Bob Ford did indeed pilot the Pacific Clipper at the outbreak of WWII and had to fly it back to New York counterclockwise. Carolyn Hanes is pure fiction. You may think she is my alter ego. That is left for you to imagine.
In chapter 2, the Ferrell family is foundational to the story line. Most all of them are true, in the fact that they did exist. I may have exaggerated their role, but they do and did contribute to Leon County past.
Laura Bell/Olla is a key to the complicated bloodlines of the Campbell family. She is the mother of Maggie Lou, though Maggie’s erotic conception may be subject to my imagination. Maggie Lou does go on to marry the doctor in 1916.
The Campbell family, headed by Willy and Amanda, is the all-in-all. Alfrey (A.O.) Campbell had four brothers and sisters. Hosea is the most infamous, but was he such a rascal, I do not know?
More than likely, the Campbell’s were slaves at some point, but the evil Jefferson Smythwick did not exist and his Fort Sumter South plantation occupies made-up ground. You must admit though that the escape by Alfrey et al was an exciting treat. Take that mean old slave owners!
Chapters 3 and 4 contain the fictional Southeast Anti-slavery Society, headed by the great Herbert Love. I call him great because he is the person, who I posit, providing for the Dr.’s education. In fact, I have since learned that A.O.’s extended family may have sacrificed holdings to finance his education.
Love never made Secretary of Agriculture in a McKinley administration, but he would have had the qualifications. He was engaged in farming of some sort, though he takes on a lion’s share philanthropy for my purposes.
Siegfried and Frieda Endlichoffer, the German couple across the lake from John Ferrell, are based on a personal acquaintance. They are a sweet augmentation to the Tallahassee landscape and what better neighbors could anyone have?
The Horizons of chapters 5 and 6 are the recounting of what was going on the last time we entered a new century. 1900 had as many amazing changes as we have in the year 2000. President McKinley was indeed assassinated in 1901 and that was preceded by the Galveston hurricane, the Great Plague and followed by the San Francisco earthquake of 1906.
Harv Pearson is a huge player in LATOBSD. He marries Judith Eastman in chapter 7, who is fictional and they start the Pearson-Eastman Journal, a make believe publication that gives this book the legs to reach out to the entire flat world… pure fictional genius.
Alpha Omega M.D.
Alpha Omega M.D. – Episode #331
…A double barrel dose of help: Kenty Johnson has money saved up and Kenty Jr. has the fresh blood of knowledge…
A.O. is taking his new lease on life in, in the spirit in which it is presented. Even as he watches familiar landmarks pass by as they ease up to his Virginia Street address. He is thinking about the future.
Maggie is waiting on the front steps of their house. What a welcome sight. There too are daughters Alpha, Laura and Zillah and their families. Maggie is seated in a wheelchair, one and all waving a hearty ‘welcome home’.
“Thank you, gracious Lord,” he proclaims tearfully.
But that isn’t all. There are other familiar faces.
“What’s Kenty Johnson doin’ here?” Dr. J. Kenty Johnson is with his son, himself a newly minted doctor.
“I needed a reliable source of information about your situation and Kenty came to mind. He filled in the particulars of your life, practice and such. AND he mentioned that his son was looking to make a difference in the Tallahassee community. And did we say that he fresh from medical school? A double barrel dose of help: Kenty has money saved up and Kenty Jr. has the fresh blood of knowledge.”
One month ago, Alpha Campbell would have been bloated full of irrational pride, having suffered in silence for the better part of a decade. He was determined to find a way out of their money struggles and did not need outside help.
We all know what path that led him down.
“Well boys, don’t you think it is time we roll up our sleeves?”
Upon hearing Dr. Alpha O. Campbell utter that inclusive statement, his nurses who were hiding in LBMH for fear of their lives, come sprinting out the front door.
Somehow, Laura Bell Memorial Hospital looked whiter than normal that day… From down the street, a car streaks to the emergency side entrance, a man screams out, “My wife’s water just broke! Please help!”
“Scrub up, you Johnsons; we have a baby to deliver… Edwina will get you gowns and get her to the second floor…”
… The LBMH wing for whites.
(The End of the Beginning)
Alpha Omega M.D.
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Alpha Omega M.D. – Episode #307
…“If she turns you down Mr. Ford, you could pick me?” volunteers Dr. Jane. It appears that Friez is thawing…
As far as anyone outside this hospital is concerned, Sara Fenwick is just another patient, is that understood?”
All heads nod.
“Are speaking about little old me?” Lyn asks with a coquettish tilt of her head.
“You got away with exposing secrets once before, acting all innocent and ignorant, so don’t think we aren’t watching you.”
“I’m flattered by the attention, Ben, but Bob and I are about to start another project as soon as we feel Sara is safe.”
“From this time forward, we control who knows what and when. The general public wouldn’t know what to do with information about Sara.”
Carolyn Hanes has to think over what she just heard. “Wife? That means we’d have to be married and the last time I checked–.”
“We can take care of that here in Washington. They have a chaplain and a chapel here at the hospital. What do you say?”
“Wouldn’t we be spoiling a perfectly good friendship?”
“If she turns you down Mr. Ford, you could pick me?” volunteers Dr. Jane. It appears that Friez is thawing.
“So do I.”
“He has a trick knee.”
“I can fix that.”
Hmmmm, I got it, she thinks. “All his underwear and socks have holes in them.”
“Lyn?” Bob steps in.
“Darn… socks I mean!” one last try for the doctor.
Lyn always has to feel like she is in control, even when she is not, hence her bantering with Dr. Friez. Even though this marriage thing is not her idea, secretly having considered it in rare quiet moments, she is cornered. “Since I seem to have competition Bob, I think it’s time we got hitched, fly-boy!”
The conference room erupts in raucous applause. The once stern and professional staff are quickly becoming like family. The coming years, the ongoing contact, with Sara at the center, will only reinforce that kindred ness.
At the gymnasium in another wing of the huge hospital, Sara is being coached by the choreographer for the Capitol Ballet. She will be happy for Lyn and Bob, because her memories of love and life are but a faint flickering ember. One night in Ceylon took care of that.