I WAS STANDING IN MY GARAGE AT SIX THIS MORNING WHEN I HEARD A FAMILIAR SCREAM. I ran out to the driveway to watch a fawn run in terror across my front lawn and driveway, screaming as it passed ten feet from me. Death was following it twenty yards behind in the form of a dark-hued coyote. Silent and swift, chasing the fawn across the meadow behind the old farmhouse next door toward the pines. I didn't see the end. This is the third time I've heard a fawn scream. Twice from dogs, once from a coyote. It's a sound you don't forget.


Not fifteen minutes after this scene, two young deer appeared in my back yard. Grazing, watchful. Like drivers who pass a cop giving someone a ticket on the side of the road. He's busy with that guy, we're safe for a while.

Of all the stories my colleague and partner in crime, Oscar Bronx, has to tell (and they are legend), the one he just learned about his own life has got to be the most shocking. Oscar set out on a quest a week ago to forgive Falco, the psychopathic actress he called "Mom" when he was growing up, and from whose abusive cult he fled 40 years ago.


His quest was not looking promising. Though indigent, alone, and on her death bed in a public nursing home in New York, Falco was the same narcissistic psychopath she ever was--and the heartfelt forgiveness he wanted to experience didn't happen. His dream of fixing, once and for all, his "mommy issues" so he could find his own happiness with the woman he loves, seemed unreachable.


And then his friend and private investigator, Mickey, called him down to Norfolk, Virginia to learn something that would turn his entire life, and his quest, upside-down and inside-out. Lucky for us, Oscar agreed to log his experiences on his podcast, which includes telling personal stories of his childhood that he has kept secret for most of his life.


Click on over to his podcast, A New York Yankee in the Heart of Dixie, and take in all five installments of Episode 5 here, beginning with Episode 5-1 and ending with Episode 5-5. Each segment is about a half-hour long, so settle in for an amazing storytelling experience.


When you're done, check out his other episodes, and keep coming back as he adds more.

When a fella falls in love he's liable to go to the ends of the earth to secure that good life. And so Oscar has gone back to the Big Apple to poke a hornet's nest in the hope something good will come of it. From what he's told me of his "psycho" mother and how she raised him, it seems that it might take a little divine intervention to achieve his goal, which is simply to forgive her. That will (according to theory) fix his "mommy issues" that are the only thing standing in the way of exchanging vows with his beloved.


He'll be posting, as I understand it, each evening when he gets back to his hotel after visiting his mother in the nursing home. Despite his being one of the most prolific storytellers I know, he's kept the stories of his own childhood close to his vest, but his girlfriend has urged him to make this whole trip a "public testimony," so I'm expecting some revelations in the coming days.


His first report is Episode 5-1 of the New York Yankee in the Heart of Dixie podcast, and it's a fascinating introduction to what it's like to grow up in a weird and sometimes violent cult.


Anyway, you're all invited to click on over to the podcast and follow along. Not sure how long this quest will take; all I know is that when he wants something, he can be pretty determined.

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