From ultra-light flying to vibrating bombs, The Cactus Flower offers an array of short stories, personal memoirs, and poetry that reflect the life of author Keith Neale Ward. The selections address the realities of family, the adventures of youth, the inspirational messages of life, and the knowledge gained from experience.
In the lead fiction story, "The Thinking Man," an interesting phenomenon occurs when "The Director" combines the occupants of two separate, but adjoining auditoriums. An inspirational entry, "Infinite Possibilities," tells the story of one of Ward's more unique engineering professors who challenges the law of gravity. In "A Shot in the Dark," Ward narrates the account of employing a unique solution to rescue his brother, Ricky, from a Cleveland pool hall.
In The Cactus Flower, Ward shares his experiences and the lessons learned during his lifetime. Some humorous and entertaining, others inspirational and moving, the stories reiterate Ward's contention that something special happens during every encounter, every day. The key is to share the joy of these experiences with other people.