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The Angel Effect: A Walk Between Raindrops
by Ray Duarte (Author), Arlene Uslander (Editor)

Product Details
Paperback: 246 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 27, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1493753428
ISBN-13: 978-1493753420 Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces


          As we all watched, listened, and prayed, a huge tragedy in Haiti unfolded; bringing me recollections of yet another time which seems to have been more a warning of what could happen to us here in California. The earthquake in Haiti comes at a time when my story "Fate Glistens" has just been published as part of an anthology of stories about FATE. 
          "Fate Glistens," is  a true short story about a moderately strong earthquake that struck the suburb of Los Angeles - Sylmar, California; and how that 6.5 temblor on Tuesday morning, February 9, 1971, impacted me and my family. 
          A story written from the heart sometimes carries a double-edged sword, because as an author, when you write from your heart, just to see it in print makes you feel that the work is done.  However, in reality, the manuscript has just been born and it is through the process of countless rewrites that it finally reaches a state readable by others. 
          But the second edge of the sword I carry is a story behind the story. Five months after the Sylmar quake, I received my degree in Nursing and my license as a California Registered Nurse. I became a critical care nurse-specialist in dialysis, and as a result of the Sylmar earthquake experience, carried with me deeply seated concerns: What would we do as healthcare professionals if a larger quake were to strike San Francisco or Los Angeles?
          In 1986, I formulated Task force One; to ask and hopefully answer some of the many questions each possible scenario would present. My committee and I met for nearly a year. I published my article "Seismic Risks in Nephrology" in October of 1988 (Dialysis and Transplantation Magazine, a peer- reviewed publication). 
          On December 7th of the same year, Soviet Armenia shook with a 7.2 magnitude quake—25,000 people died. The realities I had imagined were greater than the fears I had harbored. I put together and readied an airlift response in less than 72 hours after that quake. One plane with 17 dialysis machines, water, generators, lighting, supplies, one surgeon, one nephrologist, 2 dialysis technicians and 4 nurses readied for a flight to Armenia.  We knew that dialysis acute care would be required for hundreds buried under tons of concrete, and as they would be extricated after hours of immobilization with crushing injuries causing them to be in kidney failure, only dialysis for most of them would reverse their life-threatening conditions, helping some to survive. Our plane with supplies was accepted by the Soviet Union, but visas were not granted and therefore, I and my team of specialists were denied entry into the Soviet Union.
          I did not realize it at the time, but my article "Seismic Risks in Nephrology" became the first article in Global Medical publications to connect earthquakes with dialysis.  It has been referenced several times over the years, including references in the New England Journal of Medicine (March 22 1990). 
          I am forever grateful to Author/Editors Arlene Uslander and Brenda Warneka, and to Publisher Rebecca Buckley  because  without their hard work and dedication to the publication of true Fate stories, my story "Fate Glistens" would not have been published in the anthology: "The Mystery of Fate: Common Coincidence or Divine Intervention?"  This inspirational book, which includes stories from all over the world, about how Fate (which I think of as Divine Intervention) can be ordered through, the publishing company,, and through book stores.



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  • "Fate Glistens" (Published in ?The Mystery of Fate: Common Coincidence or Devine Intervention?? ? Edited by Arlene Uslander, Brenda Warneka ? February 2010)
  • "Forever Smile"(Published in ?Chicken Soup for the Soul: Love Stories? ? Edited by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen ? February 2008)

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