Togethermore: Rejection and Reunion



A story of a man who after 50 years wakes from his amnesia life and finds his birth family. Follow along as he struggles to fit in and yet retain as much of his constructed life as he can. But more than that, this is a story of humanity. Of finding who you are at the core of your being. Of finding how hurt is often expressed as hate and love is often expressed as sacrifice.


Roderick currently resides with his older sister on the edge of Ocala Forest in Umatilla Florida.
Ocala Forest is a 400K long-leaf pine forest filled with bears and panthers. Roderick lives just 200 feet away. His house is in the middle of no where, surrounded by horse farms.
Each day starts with roosters crowing and a pack coyotes howling as they run along the perimeter of the forest. Brown and green anole lizards leap around on the fauna in the yard. It is not the ocean bound idea you think of Florida but rather a more restful setting where Roderick is able to hone his writing skills.

He often has biscuits and gravy at the Mason Jar restaurant; a local favorite. Or lunch with his sister at the unique, pro-American, veteran-themed cafe; Combat Cafe.


After a hostile reception by some, I had to post this to Facebook:

Let's try this again. I wrote an autobiographic book of my life story of finding my birth family. An autobiographic is NOT an autobiography. But even an autobiography WILL contain other people than just the one person...unless people think that one person's life never intersects other people's lives (how silly).

Further, my book clearly states:
"What you are about to experience is an account of merely one life as it intersects and intertwines other lives. You are going to read about someone else, but it might as well be you."

So, this book was NEVER about "just me". It is actually hurtful to me that people who I consider important to me think that I shouldn't include them in the seminal story of my life. It makes me feel like my existence isn't important to them...which is the entire point of the book; LIVING vs EXISTING.


A writer need not get "consent" from anyone to write about their own life, especially as it intersects other people's lives. It makes me want to tell such people to never interact with me again...if I am that meaningless to them.
Interestingly, I've told many of the people in this book I was going to write it. At the time they laughed it off and said humorously they didn't care as long as they get some profit. I don't think they understand that I'm a person who does what I set out to do.


The book isn't about airing dirty laundry. It's about REALITY. A major point of the book is about how I have built such a perfect little world; an unrealistic world that doesn't really exist. And yet here are people telling me that they want to perpetuate that fabrication. I don't like to hurt people or shame people. My point was to show the human side of life, not some untruth.
Let us not be afraid to be human.


I dislike drama. This book is not meant to stir up drama. The names and places are placeholders. If you have issues with the names, just pretend all the names are "Bob". I even wrote in the book's disclaimer:
"The names, words, and events in this account may or may not be who and what you think so maybe you should just absorb it all and look beyond trying to make it into something more or something less than it is intended. Enjoy!"


If there are any inaccuracies, they are not intentional. The book is from MY perspective. What I thought or my impression of events. I haven't purposely tried to be inaccurate and tried to only supply relevant accounts that lead the reader along to the goal. Forgive me if you think I have misunderstood anything.

With all that being said, I hope everyone enjoys a book about LIFE. About LIVING.

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