Laurence A. Cushing Bittersweet Canyon

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Bittersweet Canyon

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Enter the realm of the mysterious and treacherous Bittersweet Canyon, where life is as bitter as it is sweet. Where Indians cast their spells to discourage the white man s trespasses, and where lovers fall under its magical allure. Where the perils of war, the search for gold, legal battles fought and won, Indian legends, and even murder, are all part of the austere living eked out by sharecroppers in the 1930s. Meet the O Mearas, simple folk from Boston who venture into the unknown of the West to try their hand at ranching. Mathew, one handed but determined after a brutal accident, and haws wife Molly, descendent of the Carmody clan of Delaree, Ireland, who lives in fear that the curse of the Carmody s has followed her clear across the ocean. Follow the generations of Meyers born to Herman the German Meyer, Chicago stockyard worker and disillusioned father...Erma, his daughter, pregnant out of wedlock and destined to live life as a prostitute and drug addict; Erma s child, Rachel, permanently scarred by the sexual abuse forced upon her by her mother s livelihood; and, finally, Rosellen, Rachel s lovely daughter, forced by her mother (now married into the wealthy Western Calverts), to live life in a convent rather than marry the man she passionately adores. For Angus, son of ranchers Mathew and Molly, life begins as a struggle against hopelessness and the fear or losing control, then becomes a test of will as a Navy Ace trapped in the mountains of Vietnam. But it is when Angus meets Rosellen Calvert, debutant, that the sparks truly fly. , and Angus must learn not only to face his own demons but those of his entire family. For Rosellen Calvert, sent away by her crafty and deranged mother to protect her from the temptation of city life, meeting Angus, a young ranch hand on her father s ranch in Eastern Oregon, is everything she s ever hoped for. Who could predict that Rosellen would end up in a convent, pining away fro her love of her life as Angus marries another? Experience the thrill of both the bitter and the sweet as life and death, love and hate, and greed and desire weave together the lives of every person touched by the basalt rock and soaring spirits of Bittersweet Canyon.

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Laurence Cushing, now age 82, is the sixth of seven children and a true born and bred Oregonian. His great grandparents, Milo and Mary, were the3 first couple ever married in Wasco County while Milo was a Sergeant stationed at Fort The Dalles with General Grant. Cushing s father barely managed to eke out an austere living on the small, marginal wheat and cattle ranch which he rented on a sharecrop basis, and the one-room schoolhouse on the edge of a neighbor s field sometimes held as few as three students- all Cushings. Laurence graduated from Dufur High in 1942 and joined the Navy a year later, serving most of his two and one half year hitch as a Navy Sea Bee stevedore in Pearl Harbor. He received a B. A. from University of Oregon, a law degree from Northwestern College of Law in 1952, and married Deloris Simler in 1949. This union produced seven sons and two daughters, all receiving college educations leading to careers in engineering, patent law, teaching, business, contracting, and one as a commercial airlines pilot. After thirteen years of law practice, Laurence accepted an appointment to the Bench and, after many unopposed reelections, retired from the Circuit Court for Josephine County, Oregon, in 1989. He currently hears occasional arbitration and mediation matters for attorneys to help move their casers through the busy court docket, and enjoys a busy life in Grants Pass, Oregon.

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