Ron Sparks Solution Architect, Author, Poet


From the Kitchen of Fern Hicks and Charlene Hicks Sparks


My mom was a great cook.  She loved to cook for the entire family and we had some really great food traditions.  One of my favorite dishes mom made was her holiday Buckeyes, a great snack to pop in your mouth to curb the hunger beast. Most of my mom’s recipes came from her mother.  I remember, every time I visited my grandmother a sa kid, she would bake or cook one of the “Hicks...

We Buried My Mom Today


We buried my mom today. I write as a cathartic release, a way to deal with the emotions that threaten to consume me.  I am not sure what I am trying to say in this blog,  it is very stream-of-conscience, but I need to talk about my mom.  I can’t NOT do this, so here it is. My mom died seven days ago and it still feels surreal to me.  Nothing in life prepares you for laying your mother to...

Rest in Peace, Mom


At 12:21pm today my mom, Charlene Delores Sparks, passed away peacefully in her sleep, surrounded by her children and loved ones at Florida Hospital, Celebration Health near Orlando, Florida. She was 62 years, 9 months, and 8 days old. I am not going to type an emotional blog here – not yet, maybe never.    Many of you read my blog for facts about my moms condition and this is, for obvious...

Mom Needs Kidney Dialysis


As you know, mom has been battling a septic fungal infection for a few weeks now.  That infection has prevented her from recovering completely and has stopped the surgeons from finishing her skin grafts so she can go home. The infection is extremely difficult to control.   Fungal infections are notoriously hard to fight because, as I said in my last blog, they so closely resemble a normal human...

Mom’s Fungal Infection


I blogged the day before yesterday about how well Mom was doing.  Her fever was under control and her bacterial infection was under control. Mom was awake, in pain, but communicating with me and she was looking better than she had for weeks.  Her vital signs were stable and she was almost ready to get the skin graft on her belly that would allow her to finally heal and recover so she could go...

Mom’s Latest Status


This post won’t be terribly long. It’s been a while since I updated everyone on mom’s status.  There really hasn’t ben a lot to tell until now. Mom has been in ICU for over two months now.  If you remember from my last post, Mom suffered a setback when the vac on her belly, meant to help close the wound, caused a rupture in her intestines.  She was doing great until that...

Update on My Mother


It’s been a month since Mom went into the hospital.  I wrote a blog many of you enjoyed – describing her plight and why this dangerous surgery was necessary.   Since then, the ubiquitous Facebook updates I was posting have slowed down, but Mom’s care has been a constant roller coaster of good days and bad days. Many of you have reached out to me, my father, sister, brother, and...

My Hero: My Mother


My mom is the strongest, nicest, most compassionate, most loving, and most tenacious woman I know.  She is, simply, amazing. Right now, she’s lying unconscious in ICU at Florida Hospital, Celebration  Health, near Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.  She endured six long, extremely high risk, hours of surgery yesterday and, despite the odds, emerged on the other side. A little back story...

Ron Sparks Solution Architect, Author, Poet

Ron Sparks

Ron Sparks is a technology professional, science fiction and fantasy author and poet living in Zurich, Switzerland. His latest book "ONI: Satellite Earth Series Book 1" is available on


A man of many passions, I lay claim to a myriad of interests and hobbies. Among them, I am an amateur astronomer, an avid motorcycle rider, a whiskey aficionado, a (poor) surfer, a scuba diver, a martial artist, a student of philosophy, a proponent of critical thinking, a technologist, an entrepreneur, a cancer survivor, and I harbor a lifelong love of science fiction and fantasy. Feel free to strike up a conversation on the social networks below.

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