Follow Randy Mink in this autobiographical anthology as he takes you through four different periods of his life. His book, Front Porches to the Picture Window, will bring tears to your eyes with his heartfelt stories as he writes in his Hemingway style, writing the simplest and truest sentences he knows. Then, he'll change those tears of sorrow to tears of laughter with his humorous stories written in a style that has been compared to Lewis Grizzard.
He will take you from his youth to later years filled with darkness, depression, and suicidal thoughts as he pursues his dream of becoming a writer. He bears his soul for all to see during his misdiagnosis of Early Onset Alzheimer's and a massive heart attack where he was clinically dead and visited heaven, only to be sent back to finish his work as a writer.
He does all this through faith, persistence, and never giving up on his dream of writing, all the while being the caregiver to his mother, who also has Alzheimer's. After the death of his mother, he retired from his job of thirty-eight years to return to the front porches of his Appalachian roots to finish all the books he had been writing throughout his life, now as an old man himself.
Randy returns to his old home of his youth set for demolition. As an old man now, he gives words of wisdom to the young boy who was once him, to never give up on his callings and gifts as they stand together looking out the picture window where he had stood years before looking and wondering what the future held. He finds the innocence of his youth in the young boy, which he has been missing his whole life. It's a story of faith, hope, and love from which all readers can relate and draw encouragement for their own struggles and dreams.