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The book signing by Jack Sheedy for his book, Sting of the Heat Bug at the Hickory Bookshop will be held on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 2PM. Jack Sheedy believes that miracles are random, and he has received his fair share. He also knows that miracles don't always happen. In 1985 Jack Sheedy's older sister Peggy, a Type 1 diabetic, went into an insulin coma when she was just 40 years old. As Peggy lay ill, Jack, a devout Catholic, repeatedly asked for a miracle, but his request was not granted. Three months later Peggy died and Jack's faith was shaken. She was just 10 months older than Jack and they were unusually close. Jack referred to Peggy as his "Irish Twin". Wherever she went he would trail behind. The bond they shared was like none other.As children, Jack and Peggy spent hours listening to the "heat bug," the cicada, high in the trees on hot summer days. Jack once asked Peggy if the cicada would sting. She replied that it would sting if you bothered it. When Jack asked her how she could tell if you were bothering it, Peggy simply told him because it stings. Jack decided to write about Peggy's death in order to make sense of why it happened. Jack wondered - had God abandoned him or Jack had abandoned God. Jack needed to learn "why did the heat bug sting him". He realized that he could not write his book until he reached a point when he no longer needed pity from others. Jack took positive control of his life and found his faith again. He became more involved in church and community activities. Sting of the Heat Bug contains Jack's recollections of a childhood in the post WWII era and coming of age during the 60's. His recollections take the reader on one man's journey through the ups and downs of life. As he wrote his book, Jack learned that at some point the heat bug stings us all. We won't see it coming. We won't know why it stings. We won't know what we might have done to bother it. But if we're lucky, we will survive it.