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The Backward Flying Angel

Although The Backward Flying Angel seems simple at first read, it can be read on many different levels and from the point of view of different generations.  Thoroughly enjoyable.

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Golfers, grandparents, parents, and children can relate to these true stories.

A sweet, poignant story for all generations. The reader can see the images as a grandparent, parent, child, or grandchild and feel the emotions.


The Backward Flying Angel Cover By Jim Sparr

The Backward Flying Angel
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In the summer of 2014, the fire chief in Wichita, Kansas invited me to be the keynote speaker at their annual medal awards ceremony.  My speech focused on what had always been my number one organizational goal: Firefighter health and safety.  I ended the speech with two words:  Be safe.  Later that evening, a retired captain commented, “You’ve had an interesting life.”

I didn’t give it much thought until that following winter back in the Colorado Mountains.  A longtime friend and golfing buddy had passed away and I was impressed by his eloquent obituary.  Someone informed me that he had written it himself.  That got me to thinking.  Do I want to be remembered by what someone else thought about my life or how I remembered my life?   I recalled that I hadn’t done a good job in the keynote speech, coupled with the fact that I have a tendency to get into trouble without something to obsess over.  One dreary winter day, I stared at the gold plated fire axe the Fort Lauderdale Fire Benevolent Association gave me as a retirement gift and thought about Jack Nicholson in The Shining. So began my memoir.

Naturally, my memoir called for an examination of my life and how I became who I am.  I realized that my family, friends, coworkers, heroes, religion, education, and life experiences all had an impact on my world view.  The most treasured memories focused on my grandmother, parents, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. That’s when I decided to begin with a smaller book that dealt with my family.  The Backward Flying Angel is a compilation of true stories about how one’s view of life is shaped by life’s experiences, family, and institutions of religion and education.


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