All of us have known someone in the midst of deep, relentless despair, someone whose challenges in life seem so intractable, so overwhelming that there doesn't appear to be a way out. Sadly some people feel so hopeless that their will to live evaporates. Others somehow manage to move forward toward whatever light glimmers at the end of a long, dark tunnel. Brian Shanley is living proof of what it means to have hope -- real hope -- in the throes of agonizing anguish.
Brian Shanley grew up in Attleboro, Massachusetts, attended Providence College, and, for graduate school, Salve Regina University, where he now serves as associate dean of admissions. Shanley lives with his wife and son in Newport, Rhode Island.