Beginning Cal’s Story 8

It is still wordless Wednesday here, but I need to say a few words as I share the outline below for the first chapter of my next novel. Much of Cal’s story takes place among the trees and birds of Hawaii, so today I am grateful for capturing a Japanese White-eye or Mejiro hiding in the banyan tree that overlooks Cal’s school. If you click on the photo to enlarge it, you might see a little green bird.

Cal is Mia’s little brother and his story begins when Mia is in fifth grade and he is third. He too has problems related to his sister’s anger after the bullying. Bullying not only affects the victim, it affects the whole family. This is what my son and I both want you to know. This is why there will be a second novel.

Chapter I: Angry Times

I. Anger

A. Mia’s not the only angry member of the family

B. My thoughts

II. Pleading my case

A. To Dad

B. To Mom

III. Venting and Acting Out

A. Getting in trouble at school

1. My friends don’t understand

2. I cannot explain

3. It sucks

B. Mom deals with it

1. Talks to teachers

2. Talks to Dad

3. Talks to me

4. Arranges for time just for me

IV. They get me and I get them

A. Support

1. From family

2. From friends

V. Light bulb Moment

A. Mia does not have this support even after Mom talks to people

B. I give Mia support



  1. Phil,
    Yes, I get that acceptance should be the norm and I hope it is one day and I definitely want bystanders to be more involved.

  2. I can’t wait to read the follow-up as I thoroughly enjoyed “Delightfully Different”. I wish you the best of success as you continue this endeavor. Warriors are always needed to spread the world of acceptance (I have always had a hard time til tolerance….reminds me of putting up with.) and a call to make bystanders become allies. It’s a long journey, but one which will be successful and of assistance to many.

    • Bruce,
      I hope your eye sight continues to improve. The bird is small and good at hiding. He is on a small branch a little to the right of the middle of the photo. Honestly, the only reason I knew he was there is because I saw him fly in that direction, but I wasn’t even sure I got his picture until I got home and so it on my computer, so I understand the difficulty in seeing him. I love the tree as much as the bird so I used this picture instead of a close up of another Japanese White-eye.

    • Mahalo for stopping by. The bird is only 4 inches high and is able to easily hide since he is the color of the leaves. He is perched on a small limb near the bottom of the tree in the middle of the photo. The white around his eye can sometimes be the only way to find him.

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