Simple Dreams is a Vietnam-era love story that offers an alternative to the stereotypical portrayal of veterans from that war. We meet a former Marine hospital corpsman, Bobby Shelly, and his wife, Sue, as teenagers, then as newlyweds in a small West Tennessee town. We follow twenty-one-year-old Bobby into a close-range battle, Operation Indiana, and its aftermath—weaving together choices made in the wake of that battle and the powerful ripple effect of those choices fifty years later. Simple Dreams is drawn from a documentary video, Bobby’s Gift, currently in production. It reveals the essence of a unique relationship: the resilience required for recovery, and the art of gratitude at the heart of healing.
Trish Tolbert is the eleventh generation of a southern storytelling family that has farmed in Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee for over three hundred years. Raised in Memphis, Tennessee, during tumultuous times, she carried her love of storytelling into her professional career with nonprofits, fundraising for great causes, and pioneering “storytelling as a fundraising tool” with the Nature Conservancy and other global organizations. Trish is now seeking work as a development communications writer or community outreach manager while growing her production and editing skills.