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Books that are emotionally engaging, passionately crafted, and infused with hope.

Lupus Awareness Day : Making the Invisible to Visibile

Lupus is a chronic, incurable, and often invisible autoimmune illness. It is a daily challenge for those living with it to cope with the myriad of symptoms and often lack of support and understanding from family, friends, employers, and physicians. Just as difficult is the necessity to cope with coping constantly. The average time for…

How We Carry On in the New Year

We have mourned this year. This year of cascading losses and stunning realizations. Our abiding trust was challenged: in facts, in truth, in the strength of our constitution, in our democracy, and our sense of community. For many, too many we also mourn the personal losses of family and friends. Our shared grief merges with…

Finally! Something Good Coming Out of 2020

  Here is an uplifting little book of poems. Dog lovers and anyone who cherishes their animal companions will find them in these short happy poems. The Beagle Blues is a collection of poems that brings you the delightful antics of a little Beagle. The poems in this book will enchant readers of all ages.…

Hopes for the Season

Each year I write a holiday poem. I hope with each poem to touch the sense of wonder and magic in the season. I hope with each poem to offer a moment to reflect, to find a comforting stillness of spirit. I hope with each poem that we are reminded of the many gifts of…

IF YOU MUST CRY

IF YOU MUST CRY   Some days. Some days are harder than others. Some days are a little more challenging. Some days everyone gets a little down, even Michelle Obama. “Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth, whenever it is a damp drizzly November,” Ismael bemoans in Melville’s Moby Dick. Then, Ismael goes…

Remembering Fr. Sam

A few days ago news came to me and my high school classmates that one of our teachers had passed. Yes, he was in his eighties. Yes, many of us had not seen him in all these years. Some of us had lunch with him a couple of years ago. It is not the recent…

IF YOU MUST CRY

IF YOU MUST CRY   Some days. Some days are harder than others. Some days are a little more challenging. Some days everyone gets a little down, even Michelle Obama. “Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth, whenever it is a damp drizzly November,” Ismael bemoans in Melville’s Moby Dick. Then, Ismael goes…

A Beautiful One / A Memory Journey

    There is a Navajo prayer that offers this phrase, “A beautiful one came into my hands”. I have been blessed to share the life of a beautiful one, my sister, Debra. Her life brought beauty to everyone she encountered. She instilled beauty into everything she did. When her hands touched the piano keys,…

PLANTED in PENNIES

PLANTED IN PENNIES Do you remember the old rhyme “Find a penny pick it up all the day you’ll have good luck”? Does anyone pick up a penny any more? Do most of us dismiss a copper glint on the sidewalk as unworthy of our effort? Seeing a penny and picking it up has always…

Rings, Rituals and Impending Hope

Discovering Ourselves in the Time of Pandemic When you live with a chronic illness that keeps you bedridden for days at a time you learn to live life in your mind. You either learn to be comfortable with yourself or you don’t. If you don’t you make yourself and everyone around you miserable. When the…