St. Petersburg, FL—Carlen Maddux, founder and editor of the Maddux Business Report, which closed in 2010 after publishing for 26 years, has launched a new website — www.carlenmaddux.com.
“This is not a business website,” Carlen says. “It’s a site that I developed in anticipation of publishing the book I’ve been writing over the past three years.”
Both the book and the website reveal the journey that Carlen and wife Martha found themselves on years ago; it continues today. “Many of our friends know that Martha was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at an early age of 50,” he says. That was in 1997. “Needless to say, our lives changed drastically.”
Martha, who died in 2014, was a spirited civic activist. She served six years on the St. Petersburg City Council in the 1980s. By that time she had successfully managed five local political campaigns, including her own. She also is a former chair of Pinellas County’s Juvenile Welfare Board. The year before her diagnosis, Martha ran for the Florida Legislature, which she lost by 20 votes in the primary.
“When Martha was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s,” says Carlen, “we felt as though we’d been shoved out of a plane 10,000 feet up, with nothing to grab but ourselves.”
But their story is not about the fallout from this degenerative disease, Carlen says. “Rather, it’s the story of a path that emerged during our darkest hours, a path that we neither planned nor foresaw.” It opened up in the backwoods of Kentucky, in the quiet presence of a Catholic nun.
“I was forced to slow down,” Carlen says. “That’s when I turned over the publishing reins of the Maddux Business Report to Nancy Howe.” Ms. Howe is the founder and owner of the Tampa Bay Newswire (www.tampabaynewswire.com).
Carlen traced this path halfway around the world to Australia; retreated weekends to St. Leo Abbey, the Benedictine monastery in Pasco County; embraced meditation; and landed all alone in the cabin of Thomas Merton, the prolific writer who became one of the 20th century’s most well known monks.
A Path Revealed is the working title of Carlen’s book; its publish date is not set yet. Along with the website, Carlen is launching a weekly newsletter today, Friday the 18th. It details some of the family’s challenges and lessons learned, which are recounted in Carlen’s forthcoming book.
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