Tracy met Bob in November of 2006. Nine months later, they were led to the end of Tilghman Island for the rendezvous planned for Tracy when he was three years old. Then, over the next three years, Bob learned about Tracy’s life and his relationship with the Tall Shiny Silver Figure. During this time Bob had humorous articles published, wrote a few ‘rehearsal books’, and drafted chapters of Tracy's story. In June of 2010, Bob and Tracy became the Innkeepers of Black Walnut Point Inn, and the real adventure began. Tracy and Bob began revitalizing the Inn, and two years later the couple was married legally.
Aside from running the bed and breakfast, Bob and Tracy knew their actual job was telling the story of how they got to live in such a heavenly place in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay. This was an unusual question, as neither Bob nor Tracy had any previous thought of running an Inn, and had no experience doing so. Tracy had also grown up in West Virginia, Bob had grown up in Maine, and neither had ever been to the Bay side of the Eastern Shore of Maryland. However, if anyone asked, even if they happened to drive to the end of the road (as often happens on the point), their job was to tell the story of how they got there.
Seven years later, Bob and Tracy seriously set about writing the story down. Starting when Tracy first met the Tall Shiny Silver Figure when He showed Tracy the picture book of his life, the story took on a life of its own. As Bob took notes, organized, and interpreted Tracy’s life experiences; more memories, lessons, and truths were revealed. Because the story of Tracy’s relationship with the Tall Shiny Silver Figure bridged forty years, the scope of the book grew, as did the characters and anecdotes. The result is Dual Citizen, which captures the humor, sorrow, and eventual triumph Tracy experienced in reaching the all-important page of the picture book he was shone when he was three, which vantage point looked from the end of the dock at Black Walnut Point Inn.
Because of the nature and purpose of Dual Citizen, the authors are available to host events concerning the book. By design, the story of Tracy and his relationship with the Tall Shiny Silver Figure prompts questions, and a need for more clarification than the book can hold within its pages. The history of this relationship is simply that, a record and much more of the story is revealed when it is discussed in person.
Therefore, if your church, self-help group, community book club, or seminar is interested, Tracy and Bob are prepared to present readings followed by question and answer sessions, and even church dinners that the book may inspire. Please email or call to discuss what may work best for your group, and the authors will be happy to plan and schedule an event that is sure to entertain, provoke and encourage, which is why Dual Citizen was written.
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