SAN ANTONIO – Jim McDonough and his wife loved to watch the buzzards in their North Side neighborhood.

“They would circle around and wouldn’t flap their wings and she was fascinated by that,” he recalled.

“We had to give their leader a name, and that was Barney Buzzard.”

Barney was a character he encouraged his wife to write a book about, but she never got the chance. She entered long-term memory care in November 2017 due to a battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

“I was a sole caregiver. All of a sudden I had a lot of time,” he said.

With that time, McDonough decided to write Barney’s story himself in the form of a children’s book. He chose that genre based on experience.


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