Today is the five-year anniversary of the passing of our father. It's hard to believe time has flown so quickly, harder to fathom still the state of the world today. I've tried to comfort myself by rationalizing that since his death he hasn't had to experience the insane political division that has divided our country. And now, my attempt to salve the ache of missing him has been obviously modified. Good thing dad doesn't have to experience the health and economic destruction caused by Covid-19, the Beast.

Dad was born in 1933 and is considered part of the Silent Generation born between the two world wars and raised among economic depression. That fit him. He had the sensibilities of one deeply affected by the Great Depression and by WWII. Determined, filled with drive and will power, and generous. Also cautious and wary that in the snap of a finger all he worked for would be taken away. 

I was born in 1964 and am at the tail end of the Baby Boomer Generation born during the post-WWII baby boom. If you believe the models, this fits me. Independent and responsible but also cautious with money and slow to trust. 

But just like the daily horoscope and the Chinese zodiac, while cookie-cutter descriptions of people might contain snapshots of truth, they do not encompass the full picture. 

Now, we are on the cusp of a new generation, perhaps to be labeled the Covid Generation. Will they stash facemasks in their back pockets and purses, ready to pull them out if they get too close to a stranger? Will they be able to gauge six feet without a tape measure as my grandmother could eye half-a-cup of flour? Will they look at their elders strangely when we explain how we used to shake hands in greeting?

It's hard to know how this generation will be affected by the Beast but one thing is clear. As dad was shaped by the events of his generation, and as I have been shaped by the events of mine, those born of the predicted Covid-19 baby boom will be shaped by this dark time.   

The world has survived many epidemics, among them the Black Death, Yellow Fever, Polio, Spanish and Asian Flus, and AIDs. Likewise, we have rebuilt after countless natural disasters such as tsunamis, earthquakes and hurricanes. Through them all, our super powers have always emerged. The ability to adapt, to unite, and to help others. This has always been the super powers of mine and dad's generations, and of the generations that came before us, between us, and that will come after us. This is the best part of the human race. 

As we look back on this modern plague, it will again be demonstrated that no model can easily define us. We are not snapshots but panoramas of greatness with the innate ability to adapt, unite and help others. Super powers that know no generational divide. Dad saw this many times during his life. He would have liked to have seen it again. 

In memoriam to Roger Dean Lewis, June 25, 1933 - April 14, 2015. A man of all generations. A man with many super powers. Please visit this dedication to our father here

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When Joanne Lewis is not practicing law, she is writing. She pens murder mysteries, historical fiction and historical fantasy books and is the author of several award-winning novels. As an author, she hopes to entertain, to educate, and perhaps to enlighten. As an attorney, she is most proud of her work as an assistant state attorney and as a guardian ad litem representing the best interests of children.

Her books are available on Kindle, as paperbacks, and as audio books.

Her latest release is Bee King, a historical novel that is about the first person in the United States diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, and takes place from the start of the Civil War until 1910. Just like the people who inhabited Five Points in lower Manhattan during the 1800s and the turn of the century, Bee King traverses the pentagonal streets where abolitionists battled copperheads, immigrants clashed among social, religious and political strife, and doctors and psychologists strained to help patients. Told in Five Points (sections), Bee King is dramatized through conventional literary devices as well as through newspaper articles, a manifesto, and other non-traditional tools.

The Forbidden trilogy consists of the novels: Forbidden Room, Forbidden Night, and Forbidden Horses. Forbidden Room is her best-selling novel.

In Forbidden Room, the first book in the Forbidden trilogy, new attorney Michael Tucker has few clients, yearns to be like his famous grandmother and cannot afford to move out of his parents' home. Sara Goldstein is an heiress accused of killing her uncle. When Sara hires Michael, he gets the chance to defend an innocent person, a beautiful lover and notoriety like his grandmother. But is it more than he asked for? Is Sara innocent or is she a murderer?

Forbidden Night, the second book in the Forbidden trilogy, delves further into Michael and Sara’s complicated relationship, as well as into Soldier Boy’s psyche, into their family histories, and into the creation of the carousel horses. The question posed in Forbidden Room, the first book of the Forbidden trilogy—Is Sara innocent or is she a murderer—is answered.

Forbidden Horses, the final book in the Forbidden trilogy, travels to the eighteenth century and takes place in Austria to reveal the troubled history of the creation of the carousel horses.

Michelangelo & Me is a series of five novellas in the genre of historical fantasy.

In the first book of the series, Michelangelo & the Morgue, seventeen-year-old Michelangelo defies religious and political powers in order to capture a serial killer who is murdering the artists of Florence. In Sleeping Cupid, the second book, Michelangelo’s believed-to-be lost statue narrates his journey from fifteenth century Florence, Italy until the present day where he lives in an attic in a sleepy Florida town. Future books in the anthology include Space Between, School of the World and Michelangelo & Me.

The Lantern is a historical novel about a modern-day woman's search to find a girl from 15th century Florence, Italy who dared to enter the competition to build the lantern on top of Brunelleschi's dome. Across time and space, three lives collide as they battle abuse, disease, fear and prejudice in pursuit of their dreams. Along the way, they intersect with some of the most famous figures of the Renaissance including members of the Medici, Filippo Brunelleschi, Donatello and a young Michelangelo.

Wicked Good, a different kind of love story, begins in Bangor, Maine. Fifteen-year-old Rory is not defined by his diagnoses of Asperger's syndrome and Bipolar Disorder and lives life to the fullest. Archer, his adoptive mother, is Rory's biggest fan. Rory searches for his birth parents to find out why he is the way he is. He discovers his roots in Salem, Massachusetts where the Salem Witch Trials had occurred, and in Gloucester, Massachusetts where fishermen went down with the Andrea Gail during the Perfect Storm. He also learns his true roots are closest to his home in Bangor. As Rory discovers truths about himself, Archer learns about herself too.

Make Your Own Luck is the unforgettable and moving novel of Remy Summer Woods, a young attorney who refuses to believe thirteen-year-old Bonita Pickney killed her father, Patrick Pickney. Remy risks her relationship with her own father as well as her life to prove Bonita's innocence. Along with learning what happened the night Patrick was murdered, Remy discovers hard truths about her family and herself.

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