elsie nurmi rides to her minnesota school in a prairie wagon speaking no english, yet she becomes a u.s. protocol officer escorting dignitaries such as astronaut frank borman and edward marcus (neiman-marcus) abroad. she meets heads of state, a pope, views moon launches, and preps presidential visits. Yet when diagnosed with alzheimer's, she begins her most dreaded—and transcendent—journey.
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else at ebb tide tells the story of a woman whose soul transcends disease. she fails all cognitive tests, yet her spirit-soul appears to be actively aware. one afternoon with shocking lucidity, elsie cries out: "i can't stop him. he won't listen to me." when asked who, she answers, "my brother." the next day, her daughter barbara learns this brother died that very afternoon. ... how could she have known?
traveling down untested roads, barbara begins to explore a different language—one of intuition, mental telepathy, inner listening, and love—encountering a new world that continues until her mother's death ... and beyond.
elsie at ebb tide is a story of love and a willingness to explore the deepest communication possible: soul to soul.