Fragments in the Wind is a full-featured collection of stories, plays, essays, and poems - a rich offering for any reader who is willing to explore a variety of themes with honesty, intelligence, curiosity, a deep abiding concern for humanity, and the kind of humor that can soothe and guide us in this often topsy-turvy world of love, nature (of all kinds), and human potential. Topics range from family love to religion to survival to transcendence beyond material concerns. Some encounters are so unforgettable that we must reproduce them in some way and reflect on what they meant to us. Life is to be lived, and an unexamined life is t worth living. We can choose some of our role models, and others just emerge when we least expect them, leaving us with much more than all our deliberations. Sometimes we capture the meaning of our experiences; other times the meaning unfolds with time.
Bill Rhodes always wanted to be a writer. His career as a plant breeder/geneticist was a way to make a living, and once he retired from Clemson University as professor of horticulture, he found his favorite pastime was writing about most everything that interested him. After retirement, Bill returned to his home state of Arkansas, where he felt a comfortable familiarity with his surroundings and an obligation to all of those home folks whose values had sustained him all his life.