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A Bright and Steady Flame

The Story of Aging and Enduring Friendship

Luanne Armstrong

In 1974, after escaping an abusive marriage, Luanne Armstrong struggled with poverty and caring for four small children. During this time, the author and Sam Moore began their friendship; they were both young, single parents in crisis, and needed to change their lives. They supported each other through the child-rearing years, careers, and environmental, peace and feminist work. Their friendship endured and strengthened during the colourful, sometimes strange, but also community-altering movements that rocked the seventies and eighties throughout BC: back-to-the-landers, draft dodgers, hippies, drugs, plus political movements for peace, feminism, and equality.

Now in their later years, they are again both facing an identity crisis, and, again, they do so together, their long friendship a source of immense strength and comfort. This book delves into the hardships of aging, grief and pain, and how friendships can sustain all of us.

A Bright and Steady Flame gives insight into how deep and powerful a friendship can be. Armstrong’s new book speaks to our compelling human need and ability to build long-lasting community. This is a love story that celebrates, for all people, the solace that true friendship can provide.