Today’s Headline

Page 63… in a fiction series

“Traverse City Police have arrested a 22-year-old man on drunk driving and manslaughter charges in a crash that killed publishing magnate Harry Stowe and his wife Mandy Boyer Stowe, who was pregnant with the couple’s first child.

Police said the driver, Ricky Dodge of East Jordan, was driving south on Mallard Point Drive and crossed into the opposite lane of traffic to pass another vehicle, striking Stowe’s Porsche 911 Carrera head on.   Evidence obtained by the Michigan State Highway Patrol at the scene showed that Dodge was under the influence of alcohol.

According to police, Mandy and Harry Stowe were pronounced dead at the scene.”

Miranda drank what was left in the bottle, vomited, and passed out cold.

To be continued…

*This story is based on some true events, however, has been fictionalized and all persons appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real people, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

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26 Responses to Today’s Headline

  1. Theresa says:

    I was not expecting this at all. So much tragedy. :(

  2. Tod Hennen says:


    Was this shortly after the previous conversation where Miranda learned of the pregnancy? I’m betting it threw here into a tailspin for a period of time. I’m curious to see what transpires following this.

    Some of this is probably difficult even now…


    • Linda says:

      Yes, it was right after the talk about Mandy and the baby… much more than Miranda could take.

      • Tod says:

        My heart aches for Miranda. I can’t imagine what she felt. Well, actually, I can. I’ve experienced a deep and sudden loss. Made me cry for weeks. Different but similar. An indescribable ache. I know that pain.

  3. Jan says:

    The hits just keep coming. Will this throw her out of her upward spiral, into a downward spiral? How terribly sad this makes me feel.

    • Linda says:

      We both know Miranda was “winging it” with her recovery from alcoholism all along. This was bound to happen eventually, but who would have thought it would be Harry.

  4. .endtransmission. says:

    Geez, this is some kind of roller coaster from H E double toothpicks.

    • Linda says:

      And you can stay on the roller coaster while the rest of us GROW UP AND TAKE THE STORY SERIOUSLY! ; <

  5. Debbie says:

    Oh no. You tried to warn us, but this is bad. God bless you as you keep us turning pages and learning. love and hugs!

    • Linda says:

      Life doesn’t give us any warnings… and Miranda’s default coping mechanism was alcohol. As you may have guessed, there are difficult times ahead. : )

  6. Linda, I saw the beginning of the first line in the email, but came here to read. My first thought on reading ““Traverse City Police have arrested ” was that Miranda was in serious trouble now and that maybe even Tiller wouldn’t be able to get her out. This turn of events was totally unexpected – as I’m sure it was to Miranda. So sad. And I know those tragic events stick with you for a lifetime, even after you move on. I do hope Miranda can move on relatively quickly and that she will learn from this tragedy. Peace, Linda

    • Linda says:

      It’s like we’ve talked about on and off since the story began, the tale has to be told all the way through, because it sometimes takes that level of crisis before someone is really ready to give their life to God. I hope Harry’s death will motivate Miranda to get better, but we’ll see…

  7. Ann says:

    This one completely floored me …. :-(
    Saddened beyond words,

    • Linda says:

      Life is full of tragedy. But believers have a source of comfort that others don’t. How terribly sad to have to go it alone…

      • Jan says:

        I simply can not imagine my life without God to lean on in tough times.

      • Ann says:

        So true, Linda

        Yep … Sometimes the hits come harder and more frequently than we ever imagined, but we do have a Comforter who is more than able to lift us over the rough spots. There are moments when the pain is such that I cannot pray, but I have the confidence that the Holy Spirit will intercede with “groanings that cannot be uttered.”


        • Jan says:

          I experienced this three years ago, when I was so sick, and so drugged, that I could not read or follow a conversation. The Spirit spoke for me, when I could not speak for myself.

        • Linda says:

          Thank you, Ann, for the reminder that I am never alone when I pray. I’m glad the Comforter is with me, too.

  8. Larry Who says:

    “…Miranda drank what was left in the bottle, vomited, and passed out cold…”

    If you aren’t delivered from an addiction, in your worst moments, you will return to it.

    Okay, I’m ready. Let’s turn the page.

    • Linda says:

      Very true. That’s why AA’s success rate has declined. Only God can deliver us, and a make believe higher power cannot.

  9. Jim says:

    Wow, there are no words!
    God Bless, Jim

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