Discussion & Signing with Author Thomas W. Farmen - Bessie's Story: Watching the Lights Go Out

The Hickory Stick Bookshop will host an author discussion signing with Headmaster Emeritus of Rumsey Hall School, Thomas W. Farmen to celebrate the release of his new book, Bessie’s Story: Watching the Lights Go Out (Bessie’s Story, LLC, $17.99), on Friday, October 26th at 5pm.

Bessie’s Story: Watching the Lights Go Out is an inspiring story about a charming, brave, chocolate Lab who gradually loses her eyesight.  The author leads the reader from the unexpected diagnosis of terminal blindness for his beloved four-year-old pet through the two-and-a-half-year transition to sightlessness.  In the process, Bessie unwittingly becomes an expert mentor and teacher for the high-wire act of growing older with grace and optimism.

Watching the Lights Go Out is a wonderful first-hand account of living with a pet who is going blind. The stories the author tells of his dear dog Bessie’s struggle with diminishing sight are amusing, heartfelt and uplifting.  This book is also a story of how an innocent, brave canine companion taught her human guardian how to live life to its fullest potential without prejudice or fear.  Keep on fetching, Bessie.  There are still plenty of balls to find!” -Ira Stone, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine     

“I’ve read many inspiring stories about people who never gave up.  Now I add Bessie’s Story: Watching the Lights Go Out to the list.  This wonderful dog’s creeping blindness compresses time.  In the process she unknowingly provides a vivid example of how important it is to ‘give it a go’ no matter how many years we have under our belts.  We all know time will bring the inevitable, but right now is all we have with each other and that is good.  Throw the ball one more time, Bessie seems to say.  I’ll find it.” -Frank Malone Jr., Father, Grandfather, Godfather, eighty years old

“Many know and understand the bond between dogs and their people. Fewer experience the total trust between a sightless dog and her humans. Watching the Lights Go Out beautifully describes the fierce, unwavering love for a dog whose gradual transition to blindness never hampers her enthusiasm for each new day.  This charming, poignant story teaches readers that aging, even with deficits, can be a joyful adventure.  Written with humor and insight, the author leaves you wanting to learn more about his beloved pal Bessie.” -Martha Fairbairn RN, career geriatric nurse

Thomas W. Farmen is the Headmaster Emeritus of Rumsey Hall School in Washington, Connecticut.   He and his wife Ashley worked in partnership at the school for over four decades and now live in rural New Hampshire.  Dog owners for all of their forty-plus years of marriage, the Farmens travel, pursue a variety of outdoor interests and are active volunteers. Ashley is a New Hampshire Granite State Ambassador.  Tom serves on the board for several non-profit organizations, including Special Olympics of New Hampshire, and is an ambassador at Mount Sunapee ski area. The Farmens have two adult sons.

For more information about Thomas Farmen and his book, visit his website.

This event is free and open to the public.  If you are unable to attend this event, you may reserve a signed copy of Bessie’s Story: Watching the Lights Go Out by calling The Hickory Stick Bookshop at (860) 868 0525. For further information about this event please visit www.hickorystickbookshop.com or email books@hickorystickbookshop.com

Event date: 
Friday, October 26, 2018 - 5:00pm
Event address: 
2 Green Hill Road
Washington Depot, CT 06794
Bessie's Story - Watching the Lights Go Out Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781732647015
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Bessie's Story, LLC - October 4th, 2018