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Wick or Fuse

About the Book

The genesis for this book occurred one early morning when I “awoke” to see Patsy Ramsey at the foot of my bed.  I recognized her from the media coverage surrounding the murder of her daughter, Jon Benet who was 5 years old.

As most would be, I was confused why the apparition of Ms. Ramsey either entered my dream or stood at the foot of my bed.  We looked at each other for several seconds when she asked me, “Which would you rather be—the Wick or the Fuse?”    

This book provides an eye-opening  history of our present psychological state in America and how we have shaped the lens through which we see the world. It offers a sage message hoping to provoke critical thought, self-reflection and examination, with the ultimate goal to inspire actions—large and small.  Moreover, it provides simple, incremental ways each person can effect changes within themselves and the world around them.

About the Author

Francesca Flood
Hope Verdad

About Hope Verdad

Hope Verdad means hope for truth. It is a pseudonym for Francesca Flood who holds a Master’s in Pastoral Theology and a Doctor of Education. She is an author, speaker, life coach, and activist who hopes to change reality one person at a time. Life experiences have taught her, we are all capable of unleashing evil – but more importantly, we are hard-wired to be righteous and bring to bear our wick – our force of Light for the greater good.

Reader Testimonials

Joann Thompson
Joann Thompson

Wick or Fuse is a serious perspective check. It is not a warm and fuzzy account of our human behavior – but rather a reminder that we could easily be standing on a ledge and need a course correction. This book provides a look at who and where we are as a society and what each of us can do to create change.

David Winegar
David Winegar

This is an awesome book. A must read for everyone as a compass on how to live their life. After the Bible, you should read this book, then read it again. I keep it on my desktop and every once in a while read a section to keep me pointed in the right direction.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents




Acknowledgements                          3


Preface                                  4


Chapter One                               7

  American Sentiment:

  Where We Are, How We Got Here, Where We Go...


Chapter Two                              22

  One Nation…Indivisible…And Individual


Chapter Three                            32

  Under God…And Within Me


Chapter Four                             42

  With Liberty And Justice For All…

  Because I Matter And Can Contribute  


Chapter Five                             54

  Choose to Be the Wick

Causes Supported

The Innocence Project

Help Free the Innocent

The Innocence Project provides pro-bono post conviction legal assistance to individuals who are seeking to prove their innocence with DNA testing and works to enact the reforms needed to prevent wrongful conviction and incarceration.

The Innocence Project was founded in 1992 by Barry C. Scheck and Peter J. Neufeld at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University to assist prisoners who could be proven innocent through DNA testing. To date, more than 335 people in the United States have been exonerated by DNA testing, including 20 who served time on death row. The Innocence Project’s full-time staff attorneys and Cardozo clinic students provide direct representation or critical assistance in most of these cases. The Innocence Project’s groundbreaking use of DNA technology to free innocent people has provided irrefutable proof that wrongful convictions are not isolated or rare events but instead arise from systemic defects. Now an independent nonprofit organization closely affiliated with Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, the Innocence Project’s mission is nothing less than to free the staggering numbers of innocent people who remain incarcerated and to bring substantive reform to the system responsible for their unjust imprisonment.

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