Dennis F. Depcik

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CBS Sunday Morning - Valentine's Day 2016: Featured in story about the power of handwritten love letters

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Wouldn't it be Something

This is a true story of an improbable love born and nurtured in letters from across an ocean between an Army officer stationed in Europe and his sister-in-law's much younger kid sister, a pen pal relationship that changed this "insignificant kid" to the most important person in his life, a relationship that grew from a high school girl's crush and a young man's reticence to a marriage of forty-one years and a love that stayed strong for a lifetime.

"I love it! It flows. It 'feels.' It sings, laughs, and cries!!! Everything a good story should do - a great story should do! Thanks for letting me be a part of this." 

Virginia C. Foley, author of Righteous Indignation, I Think I Hear Sleigh Bells, and Letting Go.

About Dennis F. Depcik

Born and raised in  the blue-collar Bridgeport community of Chicago, IL, Dennis was the third son of four children and the first in his family to enter college. Shortly after graduating from Loyola University of Chicago, he entered the U.S. Army, completed Officers Candidate School (OCS) and served as an Armed Forces courier delivering classified material throughout Western Europe during the height of the Vietnam war.

It was during his Army tour of duty, that Dennis began exchanging letters with his sister-in-law's kid sister, Mary (Maggie) Brown. It was through these letters that this "insignificant kid" became everything to him - the woman he loved for a lifetime.   more

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A Wanted Death - Dennis F. Depcik

The quiet awakens me.

As I lie motionless on the family room couch, my bed for the past twelve months; I stare at a tiny spider moving slowly but deliberately across the ceiling just above my head. I wonder where he’s going and how long it’ll take him to get there, marveling at his persistence. Then it hits me - why isn’t the baby monitor breathing? 


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