Sunday, May 27, 2018

Families of Heroes

Every year I make a point of writing something for Memorial Day. This year I want to focus on the families of the heroes who fight for our freedom. Sometimes I think that even more than the sacrifices of our solidiers, we should be grateful for the sacrifices of their families. It can be harder to be left behind than to go out into the fight. The grandparents, the parents, the siblings, the spouses, the children, and friends all see their dear loved one defend our country, and they know the solider may never return and if they do they may never be the same.

The wait for those families must feel like an eternity. The worries must nag at them every day. The pain of longing to be held in their arms once again must fill their heart with sorrow at each moment they are not with them. These military families deserve our greatest gratitude for their sufferings. Without the support of the families, the solider would not have the courage to go out in the first place. 

I've said this before, but a great way to help these families is to send care packages to either them or the soldiers. A site that provides ways of assisting is Even hygiene items are needed overseas...things we take so easily for granted. 

And let's say a special prayer for the solidiers and the families of those who have given their lives for our country. May we never forget the ultimate sacrifice that made them heroes. Happy Memorial Day!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Where is the Next Book?

I'm just days away from it being a whole year since I published a book. Hard to believe it's been that long since one of my stories hit the shelves, but life has a way of carrying you along and one day you look back and realize how much time has really passed. It's been a year of much change, hence being absent from publishing, but I'm happy to announce that the two books you have been waiting for will finally be ready this year. Act of Hope is set to be realized in late Summer 2018 and The Amanda Case Files #3 with it's exciting continuation of the double agent mystery for Christmas 2018. [UPDATE: both books will be released 2019!]

Act of Hope focuses on a fallen away Catholic actor who is injured in a limo accident. He is forced to think about his life with the help of an eight-year-old fan who is always ready by his bedside. There is a letter writer, Penny, who sends messages of encouragement to the actor, Matt Snow, and the reader is left to question if she is a new romance or his long-lost fiance. Other characters are a Fr. Charles who is the hospital chaplain and lots of interesting characters in the nursing home where Penny works. Where is Matt's brother whom he hasn't seen since his career took off? Will the actor get better and more importantly will his faith return? How will Penny fit into the actor's life? Find out in a couple months!

The Amanda Case Files # 3 takes place in Maine right where you left off in the sequel. Uncle Riley is kidnapped and Liz and Sam must discover how that connects to the mysterious double agent. As Liz works more closely with Fred, will he continue to be her friend or foe? What other secrets will the Henley's discover about their parents and their investigation? What does the key open that the stranger gave Liz in the basement? Find out at Christmas!

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Our Lady as Mother

May is traditionally dedicated to Our Lady. A beautiful devotion to her is the Litany of Loretto. She has so many wonderful titles that we can honor her by. One of my favorites is "cause of our joy." She gives us so many reasons for joy when we pray to her. Her greatest desire is to lead us to her Son, who is the source of all joy. It is fitting that Mothers' Day and the anniversary of Fatima fell on the same day this year. At Fatima, Our Lady truly reminded us that she is our Mother and desires that we be in Heaven with her. A devotion to Mary is so necessary for the spiritual life and can only bring about an increase in virtue. 

A great quote by St. Bernard: "In dangers, in doubts, in difficulties, think of Mary, call upon Mary. Let not her name depart from your lips, never suffer it to leave your heart. And that you may more surely obtain the assistance of her prayer, neglect not to walk in her footsteps. With her for guide, you shall never go astray; while invoking her you shall never lose heart; so long as she is in your mind, you are safe from deception; while she holds your hand, you cannot fall; under her protection you have nothing to fear; if she walks before you, you shall not grow weary; if she shows you favor, you shall reach the goal."

Sunday, May 6, 2018

As Simple as Syrup

One of my favorite childhood memories is spending time at my uncle's house in Massachusetts. Growing up with my cousins made the experience of being a kid all the more fun. The games, the stories, the holidays were things shared and something I look back on with the fondest thoughts. 

My uncle used to tap his own trees on his property and make maple syrup. To this day, I use maple syrup every day on my oatmeal and my thoughts go to those memories. It's funny how something as simple as syrup can connect you to the past and remind you of the best people in your life. Our memories make us part of who we are, and what we've experienced contributes to the person we will be.

It's easy to see how I defy anyone who calls "Aunt Jemima's Original Syrup" real maple syrup or how it can ever be considered in the maple syrup family. There's nothing compared to true maple syrup that comes from tapping trees.

I love how the simplest memories are enough to brighten each morning!