The Impossible Dream #Monday Musical Memories

The song I’m featuring today is from one of my late husband Bill’s favorite musicals, Man of La Mancha. During our long-distance courtship while he was living in Fowler, Colorado, and I here in Sheridan, Wyoming, he mailed me a cassette on which he’d recorded the soundtrack. I still have that tape but prefer to ask Alexa to play it instead.

Man of La Mancha is based on Miguel  De Cervantes’ 17th century novel, Don Quixote. Apparently, as a knight, Don Quixote attempted to reach an impossible star.

So did Bill. After his first stroke in 2006, he worked as hard as he could to get back on his feet. But after his second stroke a year later and seven more months of therapy, that star rose beyond his reach. He said, “They’ve given up on me. I don’t think I’ll ever walk again.” You can read our story in My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds.

Now, here’s Susan Boyle’s lovely rendition of this song. May that impossible star be within reach for you.



New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.


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Author: abbiejohnsontaylor

I'm the author of two novels,, two poetry collections, and a memoir with another novel on the way. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at

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