FROM A YELLOWED PHOTO
Unearthed, Unabashed, Unfettered
Gary C. Banker
“Mr. Banker,” taught for many years in the Superior school district. He inspired thousands of students. Here, he inspires again.
Intriguing, intense, insightful poetry by one of Superior, Wisconsin’s most beloved teachers. These 56 pages of thoughtful poetry, accompanied by lovely vintage photos, take the reader deep into reflection on, and appreciation of, some of the delightful moments in life. The graduate of UW-Superior and veteran of decades of teaching in the Superior School District shares his gratitude for all he has been given and treats the reader to his unique and imaginative world view. Bringing his countless hours of teaching English to eager students, Banker’s experience with the written, poetic, word shines brightly.
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A Book About the 3-Rs: Recovery, Relationships, and Redemption…. And of course, baseball. And the Cubs, those lovable Cubs.
Catching Lightning Without the Bottle is about the 3-Rs of…. Recovery, Redemption, and Relationships, set against the backdrop of a miraculous baseball season for Blake Benson, a former Chicago Cubs star now relegated to third-string, very limited duty, as he has gradually slipped into reduced capacity through the abuse of booze, lack of commitment, and loss of interest.
After a tragic plane crash claims the lives of all his teammates, he rebounds to rediscover his inner-self through sobriety and becoming a player-manager for the hastily assembled new team. Together they struggle to, “Catch lightning in a bottle,” as Leo Durocher said in 1941, preserve the 10-game lead the late team members bequeathed them, and keep the Division Title from the hard charging St. Louis Cardinals.
The big question is, can Blake do his part without the bottle?