the Author

Earle Martin was an Episcopal priest for twelve years before leaving the ministry and receiving a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Houston. Following a brief time at the Family Service Association, he was for many years in private practice in psychotherapy, and is now retired. His first wife, Katherine, whom Charlie called “My Nanny,” died in 2001. He lives in Houston with his wife, Kristi, and their dog, Nimrod.


Charlie Stubbs and Earle Martin live on the same street, just two blocks from each other, and are the best of friends. Charlie, who lives with his family and his cat Annie II, is now twenty-four. He has been coming to Earle’s home at least twice a week for his entire life.


Roxana Wieland is an artist who specializes in watercolor, mainly portraits. Her paintings reside in private collections throughout the United States. She resides in Northern Michigan. For commissioned portraits, she can be reached at


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“Charlie changed my world and my life.”
– Carol Selby, his teacher for six years