A Distant and Clear View - A novel by Thomas Michael Barnes
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Tom Barnes is a retired Coast Guard warrant officer, a retired employee development specialist from the Smithsonian Institution and he spent a little time teaching public high school business courses in Northern Virginia after he left the Service.  He is a totally disabled veteran.  
This book was written as a fictional attempt to understand and illustrate the unique problems of  people in authority who wrestle with addiction. Since all communities employ policeman and since police work is vital and highly stressful, it is imperative that policemen stay mentally stable at all times.  This is a fictional account of a policeman in a high stress and crucial position within the local law enforcement community and how he deals with betrayal, addiction, professional and personal needs while at the same time trying to remain open to his own humanity.  The work is based on several policeman that I have known throughout the years who have struggled with various addictions and compulsions.
Educated within the Catholic school system of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia during the 1950's and 1960's, Tom left Bishop McDevitt High School at the end of his junior year and entered high school seminary at the Marist Fathers Seminary in Penndel, Pennsylvania in August of 1969. He graduated from high school there and then entered Saint Charles Borromeo diocesan seminary in September 1970.  He was 17 years old at that time.  He stayed at Saint Charles in Overbrook until just after his 20th birthday when he left seminary.  He eventually returned to college and earned several degrees. 
His education is extensive.  B.A. in Liberal Arts from Mount Saint Mary's RC College, Emmitsburg, MD 1975B.S. in General Business from University of the State of New York, Regents, in 1995M.Ed. (Secondary Education) Beaver College, Glenside, PA in 1995M.A. (Human Resources Management) from Marymount University, Arlington, VA in 2000M.A. (Human Performance Systems) from Marymount University, Arlington, VA in 2003  Tom studied for a short while toward his Ph.D. in Adult Basic Education at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA earning 26 credits toward that degree.  He took classes at both GMU and Virginia Tech.   When he was declared totally disabled by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Tom saw that study was no longer possible.  
Tom would welcome the opportunity to hear from you and gain your insights into these short stories once you have read them through to the end. 
He can be reached at:  
Sentinel at Landmark
6300 Stevenson Avenue, 614                 
Alexandria, VA 22304  
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