From the Author

Thursday, November 22, 2018


I'm sending a Dear Abby article penned by the original Dear Abby:

Oh, Heavenly Father,
We thank Thee for food and remember the hungry.
We thank Thee for health and remember the sick.
We thank Thee for friends and remember the friendless.
We thank Thee for freedom and remember the enslaved.
May these remembrances stir us to service.
That Thy gifts to us may be used for others.

I thank all of the wonderful people who serve their country, their family members and all who reach out to others who are lonely, sad and hurting. I appreciate all of those beautiful people who share what they have and welcome those who have less.  There are many special people who make a difference for others without fanfare but with courage and selflessness.  Thank you!

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Gratitude: The Key to Happiness

"The secret of happiness is to live moment by moment and to thank God for what He is sending us every day in His goodness."  St. Gianna Molia

"Gratitude is a way of life, not something that you think about once a year.  If you weave an attitude of gratitude into your thinking-and-feeling process, your life will get better.  People who start writing down three things for which they're grateful and doing this every day usually feel more joy within two weeks.  Try it."  Dr. Barton Goldsmith, a psychotherapist in Westlake Village, California.

The best gift is the love we share with each other; the forgiveness, acceptance, inclusiveness, kindness, caring, reaching out to help others, and thanking those who have been available to help us.

"Healed people can heal people.  Freed people can free people.  Changed people can play their part in seeing lives and communities changed."   Jo Saxton, from her book 'The Dream of You: Let Go of Broken Identities and Live the Life You Were Made For'

Always count your blessings, not your problems and you will find peace, comfort and hope.

Happy Thanksgiving!  Enjoy your family and friends!  Become grateful for all that we have! 

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Veterans Day

We have the opportunity to remember our veterans and their many sacrifices to protect us.  Our veterans have to spend time away from family and friends, face the possibility of dying as they fulfill their service obligations and have uncertainty on a daily basis. 

"We do something for someone else that we may not even remember but can cause that other person's life to turn in some way that's positive."   Ann Curry, Emmy-winning journalist

Our veterans do something for all of us that definitely causes us to have our lives protected and safe. 
By assisting us, veterans have the opportunity to find the best in themselves. 

"The moments of my greatest fears--when I was sure I was going to wimp out under the pressure of it all-- have also been the open doors to the greatest changes in my life."  Annie F. Downs, from her book, 100 days to Brave

I hope that our veterans have many doors open to make wonderful things happen in their lives!

"The Lord does not look so much at the greatness of our actions, or even at their difficulty, as at the love with which we do them."  St Therese of Lisieux

Thank you veterans for all of the love you have put into your special work! 

Friday, November 9, 2018


From the New York Times:
"A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic:  the cosmologist Carl Sagan once said, 'It's a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles.  But one glance at it and your're inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years.' As a physical object and a feat of technology, the printed book is hard to improve upon.  Apart from minor cosmetic tweaks, the form has barely evolved since the codex first arose as an appealing alternative to scrolls around 2,600 years ago."

I have loved books all of my life.  They could transport me anywhere in the world.  I could get to know the lifestyle, environment, family and friends of someone from another culture, country or faith. 

Books can be the means to express our deepest feelings, our love of people, our love of the world, our faith, hope and dreams. I have a paperback book, e book and audio book. I was talking to a potential buyer and she said, "I like a book I can hold in my hands and take my time reading it."  Others like to read a book on the computer, tablet, or electronic means.  Others like to download an audio book and listen to it as they travel or have lost their vision and need to "hear" their books.  Books are our friends and a great source of comfort, education, mind traveling, and our window to the world! 

Check out my e book, audio book and book, "The Dying Teach Us How to Live" on Amazon