Bobbie J. McLaren was born in South Florida in the 1950s, in Northern Palm Beach County. She graduated from Palm Beach Gardens High School Although much to the surprise of many, In 1972. Always writing something, Whether poetry, short stories, or gospel Music, she has always had a need to Create. Now living in North East Alabama Atop Lookout Mountain, she is involved with writing Vacation Bible School programs for her church and working with drama. Learning to paint and to sketch in addition to full-time employment keeps this author busy. She shares her home with two cats and her life with her family that lives all around her in the Fort Payne area.
In a time before fast food, microwave ovens and home videos; there existed a world where adventure was as close as your next thought. Entertainment wasn’t where you go or how much money you spent, but what you did. Playing outside was the normal thing for most children, in fact to stay “in the house” was sheer punishment. Being grounded usually meant no television or use of the telephone. These are stories of a very imaginative child and the love of a father. A world that seemed to move more slowly and a time that watched history change on a daily basis as never before in the twentieth century, with joy and sorrows, tears and laughter. “The Sounds at River’s Edge” is viewed from the eyes of a child spanning only four years, but what years they were! It’s a wonder any of us survived.
Duck Springs, a small town in rural America is having their first-ever Whistling Contest for the young children in the area. No one is more excited than Tyler James, a six-year-old boy who whistles all the time. He just knew he could win one of the silver whistles if he tried really hard. Until… a bully causes him to wreck his scooter and knocks out his front tooth!