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Theodore McDowell
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Gender: Male
Born: April 2, 1957
Interests: gardening, jazz, art, sports
Member: Premier Author
Joined: June 2021
INFORMATION
In 2004, I suffered a traumatic brain injury in a car accident. I was disabled and forced to retire from the practice of law. The injury led to periods of depression, mania, and substance abuse, and these cycles had a traumatic effect on my identity, family relationships, and spirituality.

I joined FS to develop emotional and artistic connections with other writers and experience a sense of community with fellow poets and writers.

Most of my poems on FS come from two collections of poems entitled Yearning for Human Touch: Collected Poems and Stories by Theodore McDowell (published on Amazon on May 5, 2022) and Wrestling a Blessing from God by Theodore McDowell (published on Amazon in June 2021).

My first work, Wrestling a Blessing from God, attempts to express in a gut-wrenching and moving style the deep despair during the period of trying to cope with the traumas and damage and stabilize my life. At the same time, a theme of grace transforms pain into hope. God, in His grace, allows me to wrestle with the Spirit, but in the end, God weaves my anger, weaknesses, and gifts into a song of love. I am forever in God's firm grip.


My second most recent book, Yearning for Human Touch, takes a different look at my traumas. Yearning for Human Touch is a collection of poems and stories that explore human touch and intimacy as a healing experience. I examine the yearning for human relationships and deep connections in response to personal traumas in my life, such as my traumatic brain injury, bipolar disorder, and substance abuse. Emotionally gut-wrenching and haunting, the poems and stories emphasize the impact of these experiences on my identity, family, and spiritual life. The search for intimacy and healing emerges from a deep sense of loneliness, grief, and alienation. At the same time, as with the first book, a theme of human compassion and grace transforms pain and isolation into hope and reconciliation. In the end, God weaves my suffering, loneliness, and yearning for human touch into a song of love.

I also have a new novel being published on Amazon in 2023 entitled The Aspen Grove.

I live in Atlanta with my wife of thirty-seven years and have five adult children scattered across the country.
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FanStory wrote to Theodore McDowell: Congratulations! Thank You is the new Poem of the Month!
September 10, 2022 at 12:13AM
    Gloria ....: Nice one T. :))
    September 10, 2022 at 3:15AM
    Sally Law: Congratulations, Teddy dear! Sal :))) XOs
    September 10, 2022 at 10:31AM
    Sandra Nelms-Ludwig: Congratulations, Theo. This is for sure one to include in a new book!
    September 10, 2022 at 10:37AM
    sandramitchell: Huge Congratulations, Theodore!! xx 🎈🎉🍾😊
    September 10, 2022 at 11:14AM
    MissMerri: Congratulations Tim! I'm always delighted to see your amazing poetry honored. MM
    September 10, 2022 at 2:03PM
    Mrs. KT: Congratulations, T!
    diane
    September 10, 2022 at 3:25PM
    lyenochka: Congratulations, Tim!!
    September 10, 2022 at 11:40PM

FanStory wrote to Theodore McDowell: Four Daina Poems finished third in the contest "My First Latvian Daina"
August 18, 2022 at 12:13AM

FanStory wrote to Theodore McDowell:
The Music of Our Love was posted today. It is a Milestone Post. Post number 200!
July 10, 2022 at 12:03AM
    Letrice Gandy: Hi my name is letrice I don't know if you know me. I don't know if you got a chance to read any of my poems some other people told me to contact you. Just read so of my poems you will understand please. I really like your. You are a good writer
    August 6, 2022 at 11:58PM

FanStory wrote to Theodore McDowell: A Kimono and a Persian Carpet finished third in the contest "Love Poem Poetry Contest"
July 6, 2022 at 12:13AM
    Irish Rain: Congratulations!!
    July 6, 2022 at 12:41AM
    lyenochka: Congratulations, Tim!!

    July 6, 2022 at 1:35AM
    MissMerri: Congratulations Tim. This is an amazing poem.
    July 7, 2022 at 7:53AM

FanStory wrote to Theodore McDowell: Congratulations! June 2022 Recognized Writer!
June 14, 2022 at 7:48AM
    Sugarray77: Congratulations Tim!!! Well deserved, my friend!!!

    Melissa
    June 16, 2022 at 8:28AM
    MissMerri: Yay!! I?m so happy to see your extraordinary talent receive this recognition Tim. Congratulations!
    June 16, 2022 at 8:30AM
    MissMerri: Yay!! I am so happy to see your extraordinary talent receive this recognition Tim. Congratulations!
    June 16, 2022 at 8:31AM
    Pam Lonsdale: Well deserved! Congratulations.
    June 16, 2022 at 9:00AM
    Beri Bee: CONGRATULATIONS! Fantastic Award!
    June 16, 2022 at 9:07AM
    Ric Myworld: Congratulations!
    June 16, 2022 at 9:09AM
    sandramitchell: Congratulations, Tim!! Well deserved!

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    June 16, 2022 at 9:23AM
    juliaSjames: Congratulations!

    Julia
    June 16, 2022 at 9:55AM
    Theodore McDowell: I am truly honored. Thank you for all the congratulations.
    June 16, 2022 at 10:18AM
    John Ciarmello: CONGRATULATIONS, my friend. So well deserved! you are such a talent
    June 16, 2022 at 10:45AM
    Mrs. KT: Congratulations, Tim!

    diane
    June 16, 2022 at 12:17PM
    Irish Rain: Congratulations!!!
    June 16, 2022 at 8:46PM
    Jay Squires: A better recipient could not be found. Congratulations, Tim!
    June 16, 2022 at 11:41PM
    Wendy G: Congratulations! So well deserving of this honour.
    June 16, 2022 at 11:57PM
    karenina: Lift your face to the sun and bask in the glow of
    this recognition.

    Congratulations!
    June 17, 2022 at 1:43AM
    Katherine M. Kean: So well deserved. Congratulations and enjoy. Kate xx
    June 17, 2022 at 8:26AM
    Ulla: Congratulations!!! So well deserved. Ulla:)))
    June 17, 2022 at 9:02AM
    lyenochka: Wonderful news! Congratulations!!
    June 17, 2022 at 1:29PM
    Sally Law: Congratulations! I am thrilled for you, Teddy dear. WOW!! Sal XOs
    June 17, 2022 at 3:35PM
    Lobber: I feel overwhelmed and jealous that a single man could possess so much talent and continue to pour out one?s heart with unrelenting emotions. You are flawless in your art and so sharing in a world that only you can imagine. I shudder at what you fail to reveal.
    - Jer aka Lobber
    June 17, 2022 at 10:05PM
    Susan Newell: Congratulations, Tim. Long overdue.
    June 18, 2022 at 8:20AM
    evesayshi: Congratulations, Theodore, for this noteworthy recognition and honor to a gifted writer and and sentient spirit...Eve
    June 18, 2022 at 4:41PM
    Pamplemousse1: Congratulations! I can't think of a poet more deserving. Keep digging and pushing the envelope with your writing.
    June 22, 2022 at 9:28AM
    Carol Clark2: Congratulations! Well deserved honor. Blessings.
    June 23, 2022 at 12:08AM
    Senyai: Congratulations Tim! Well deserved I must say :-)
    June 28, 2022 at 11:56AM
    Raul1: Congratulations!
    July 15, 2022 at 8:40PM

FanStory wrote to Theodore McDowell: Congratulations! Honorable mention finish in the reviewing contest!
February 1, 2022 at 9:04PM
    karenina: May all your "mentions" be honorable!
    Congrats!
    February 2, 2022 at 1:19AM
    Mrs. KT: Congratulations!

    diane
    February 2, 2022 at 8:39AM
    Frank Malley: Thanks, Theo. Poetry is a very difficult art within which to achieve credible standards. I find it persistently difficult, but I learn in the process. Frank
    May 2, 2022 at 8:42PM
    lyenochka: Congratulations, Tim!
    June 17, 2022 at 1:28PM
    Raul1: Congratulations!
    July 15, 2022 at 8:41PM

FanStory wrote to Theodore McDowell: Chiseled Beautiful by God finished first in the contest "Emotion"
January 9, 2022 at 3:10PM
    karenina: As well of should have!

    Well deserved.

    Congratulations!
    January 10, 2022 at 3:05AM

FanStory wrote to Theodore McDowell: Congratulations! Choices is the new Story of the Month!
January 7, 2022 at 12:13AM
    karenina: Congratulations to you!

    Well-deserved!
    January 7, 2022 at 2:39AM
    RGstar: Well done. Good to see your writing paying off.
    Best wishes.
    January 7, 2022 at 3:01AM
    Ric Myworld: Congratulations!
    January 7, 2022 at 8:36AM
    Ric Myworld: Congratulations!
    January 7, 2022 at 8:36AM
    Mrs. KT: Congratulations!
    January 7, 2022 at 10:17AM
    Sally Law: Congratulations, Teddy. Stellar achievement! Sal XOs
    January 7, 2022 at 11:05AM
    Gloria ....: Congratulations to you. :))
    January 7, 2022 at 1:54PM
    juliaSjames: Congratulations!

    Julia
    January 7, 2022 at 2:23PM
    jenintorre: Congratulations Theodore on your so well deserved win. I loved your story.
    January 7, 2022 at 5:19PM
    jenintorre: Congratulations Theodore on your so well deserved win. I loved your story.
    January 7, 2022 at 5:19PM
    lyenochka: Congratulations!!

    January 12, 2022 at 12:30AM

FanStory wrote to Theodore McDowell: A Mannikin and Bleached Bones finished third in the contest "Free-style poem: human suffering"
January 4, 2022 at 12:10AM
    karenina: What? You were in a contest and I didn't vote? LOL.
    Congrats on third!
    January 8, 2022 at 12:32AM

FanStory wrote to Theodore McDowell: Bruises finished third in the contest "75 Words Flash Fiction"
December 13, 2021 at 12:13AM
    MissMerri: CONGRATULATIONS!! Hooray for this recognition.
    December 14, 2021 at 12:50AM
    lyenochka: Congratulations, Tim!!

    December 14, 2021 at 4:49PM
    pome lover: Good Goin'!!!
    January 3, 2022 at 2:44PM
    karenina: Way to go.
    January 8, 2022 at 12:32AM

FanStory wrote to Theodore McDowell: Joe Cocker: So Beautiful to Me finished third in the contest "My Favorite Musician/Band"
June 30, 2021 at 12:13AM
    karenina: Congratulations. --Karenina
    July 7, 2021 at 11:36PM
    Urial: Thank you Theodore!
    November 6, 2021 at 2:10AM
    Jesse James Doty: Congratulations, Tim, I love Joe Cocker very much!'
    He is my favorite singer!!!
    December 5, 2021 at 6:02AM

FanStory wrote to Theodore McDowell: Nostalgia for Fall finished first in the contest "Poem about wind or air"
June 21, 2021 at 12:13AM
    lyenochka: Congratulations!
    June 24, 2021 at 5:33PM
    karenina: Congratulations! Superbly written. I hope this is the first of many "FIRSTS"--Karenina
    June 29, 2021 at 4:58PM
    Senyai: Congratulations!
    July 12, 2021 at 7:55PM

FanStory wrote to Theodore McDowell: On the Pier--To My Wife finished third in the contest "Bio"
June 15, 2021 at 6:10PM
    Senyai: Congratulations, Theodore!
    June 16, 2021 at 3:06AM
    karenina: It was first in my book. Congratulations! I have become your fan!

    Karenina
    June 17, 2021 at 2:18AM
    Gypsy Blue Rose: Welcome to our fanstory family :)
    June 18, 2021 at 5:08PM

 
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#9 Ranked Poet
#18 Ranked Reviewer
Poetry 9
Reviewing 18
PORTFOLIO
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Do You Still Love Me?
The question doesn't feel safe

My Ten-Speed Bike
A ride on the boardwalk

On The Metro
A night on the metro

Awakening as New Lovers
Fragile as Robbin eggs

The Photograph Before I Was Born
The dysfunction of favoritism

Saying Goodbye
Saying goodbye to my daughter

Memories of Mom
Fragmented memories of Mom

A Mean and Dirty Sax Solo
Transformation

ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Do You Still Love Me? reached "All Time Best" status.
September 26 at 11:57PM
Do You Still Love Me? reached "Recognized" status.
September 26 at 8:49AM
My Ten-Speed Bike reached "All Time Best" status.
September 23 at 11:57PM
My Ten-Speed Bike reached "Recognized" status.
September 23 at 8:49AM
On The Metro reached "All Time Best" status.
September 20 at 11:57PM
On The Metro reached "Recognized" status.
September 20 at 3:49PM
Awakening as New Lovers reached "Recognized" status.
September 16 at 11:48PM
The Photograph Before I Was Born reached "All Time Best" status.
September 14 at 11:56PM



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