Gari and Edward

On Gari's web site, there is a film made by Paramount Pictures with interviews with her doctors, and the Monroe Institute, whose audio pain control tapes she used instead of anesthesia during surgery.

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Gari Carter, ... author, lecturer, and much more!

Gari Carter, pictured to the right, clutching her pet rabbit, Edward, has captured our first "Featured Author" spotlight, and I am privileged to be numbered among her many friends.

Several years ago, a mutual friend surprised me with an "miniature" english spotted bunny. I named her Flo, partly because she bore an emotional resemblance to my sweet aunt Florence. Flo grew quite large over time. In fact, I eventually came to realize that "miniature" is a word sometimes used when persuading reluctant adoptee's to accept pet rabbits.

At a recent pot luck, I snapped this picture of Gari and "Edward" (column), who as you can see, also graduated well past the "miniature" stage.

Gari, as you will find out when viewing her web site:, has led a very interesting life. She had played tennis before she was in a devastating car crash, which crushed her legs and face. Her first book Healing Myself (Hampton Roads, 1993) tells the story of the ten years of recovery within and without from reconstructive surgeries.

These days, aside from a being a loving mother and grandmother, and an active volunteer for many of her 13 plus years on Siesta Key, she continues to write. Her latest book, about her great-great-grandfather, Troubled State, The Civil War Journals of Franklin Archibald Dick, has recently been published.

This book is a must read for all you American History enthusiasts and Civil War historians. It is the behind the scenes account of a deeply involved Missouri official (Missouri Attorney and Provost Marshal General), entrapped in the politics, power struggles and divided loyalties during the Civil War. Needless to say, a very interesting read. Click Selby Public Library in Sarasota for information about Gari's talks.

The book is available at local bookstores and Amazon. More information, videos, and photos are available on her web site.