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  • Voting My Catholic Conscience

    Many freedom minded people have been arguing about the election for many months.

    So, I see no reason not to weigh in during the last stretch. A month from now we will know who will be the president, so why not?

    With the exception of once or twice in moments of despair, I have kept my mouth shut on my Facebook page. I believe every person has the right to vote the way they choose, and I would expect them to give me the same option.

    Nevertheless, I have made the decision, using my well formed Catholic conscience, to vote for Donald Trump in November, and against Hillary Clinton. Following is an article in the National Catholic Register that supports my position and that of many other pro life Catholics: Vote as a Catholic with a Catholic Moral Vision

    MSGR. Charles Pope says:
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    On the eve of an election and as a priest I frequently am baited to comment more directly on politics by naming names, and parties. I will not do so. The temporal order belongs to the laity, not the clergy. But as a priest I must convey the moral teachings and insist that Catholics connect the dots when it comes to voting. And my advice is simple: Vote as a Catholic, not as a Republican, Democrat, conservative, or liberal. Vote as a Catholic with a Catholic moral vision.

    It is a simple fact, beyond the control of the Church, or of any individual and faithful Catholic, that most politicians of a certain party support the right of others to kill pre-born children. (Emphasis mine).

    This is a heinous crime and cannot be papered over by jargonistic terminology or overlooked by moral equivocations such as “Well, he is right on the other issues.”  Would the excuse that “he is right on the other issues” hold if the word abortion were replaced by genocide or slavery? Abortion is not an abstraction. It is a horrifying reality whose death toll has reached over 50 million in this country alone.

    Proverbs 24 says,Rescue those who are being led off to death; hold back those who are being carried to slaughter. And if you say, “Behold, we did not know this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive you? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay man according to his work? (Prov 24:11-14) If we do not oppose this moral evil, we are part of the problem and God will judge us.

    The same holds for euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, and same-sex “marriage.” We cannot remain silent, let alone honor and promote those who hold these views. Do not neglect the other moral issues — but these non-negotiables, for the reasons stated and due to their deadly quality and/or the severe moral harm they cause, must be our first concern.

     

    So, here we all are. The above are non negotiable in the Catholic Church. I have loved my faith and the truths taught by the Church for so many years…I have to vote my conscience.

    Most of my concern is for Life. All human life. That of unborn children, the elderly, the mentally and physically disabled, and others who are under attack by the Democrats.

    I myself have given up worrying about same sex marriage. It’s the law of the land, and I couldn’t care less what people do in their private lives.

    However, I do have many concerns about the militant LGBT activists and their Liberal fellow travelers’ push to force churches to kowtow to THEIR moral vision.

    I’m not going to bother posting any links re the Gay lobby. The information is available online by typing in a few keywords. The same goes for the abortion push by Hilary Clinton, Planned Parenthood and others.

    So, my decision is made. Trump, even though he was not my first choice, is the only candidate that might beat Clinton. And Trump has surrounded himself with people who believe what I believe re the above moral issues and others. Therefore, I will vote for Trump, and pray that he wins. Despite his problems, he is the better candidate in my opinion.

    I’ve always believed that if our country continues toward MORE abortion, ill treatment of the elderly, and other death cult practices, that we will fade away.

    There is no way we will remain free if we allow the party who fosters a death cult to remain in power, when we can at least throw a wrench in their operation for a few years, if not longer.

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    So again… I have to vote against the Democrats. But, if the Democrats and Hillary win in November, I personally believe that America will never recover. It will be impossible for this country to ever regain any semblance of freedom in my lifetime.

    Clinton has vowed to continue and expand on the policies already in place, those that take away the rights of people like me. She will not fix economy, since she vows to keep high taxes.

    She will not increase jobs, since she plans to continue Obama’s policies without change, and has threatened to put coal miners out of business, among other energy/environmental policies.

    She has vowed to see that the Hyde Amendment is overturned, which in reality would make me a slave, because it will remove any protection whatsoever to keep my hard earned money from paying for abortions. I do not want to pay for this barbaric practice. To force me to do so via taxes is a violation of my rights as a free American.

    She is pushing for more gun control, and will appoint Supreme Court justices to see that Americans lose their 2nd amendment rights, and she has promised to allow open borders and import un-vetted refugees to America.

    There is no way to vet the refugees. They are from war torn Syria and other Muslim controlled countries, and it would take too much time to vet each one. Also, many of these people do not wish to assimilate and become Americans. They want Americans to become like them instead.

    I could go on, but the gist of it is that in four years, anyone who runs against her has no chance of winning. Democrats have recently been caught registering dead people to vote in Virginia. There are numerous other examples of voter fraud, yet they insist there is none, and will not allow voter ID laws in many states.

    So, with the above in mind, I do not believe anyone can beat Hillary in 2020. She is a criminal, and she is not above stealing votes. By the time 2020 comes around, there will be way too many immigrants who’ve come over the open Southern border on the voting rolls. They will be registered Democrats, and even if they don’t actually go into a voting booth, they WILL “vote.” And they’ll vote for Hillary.

    It will not matter who runs against her in 2020. She will win again, and by 2024, 16 years of far Left policy will have completely transformed America. We will not recognize our country, all of our traditions will have gone the way of the dinosaur, and we will be, in truth, dhimmis.

    I know some folks believe Congress will hold Hillary in check, and not approve her SCOTUS picks, but I don’t believe it. They haven’t held Obama back, and they won’t mess with Hillary either, so IMO, America will be over if she’s elected.

     

    Take a look at this video of Hillary Clinton standing for the right to dissent:

     

     

    Now please understand the truth. The above may have been true when the Democrats were protesting GWB’s presidency, but no such allowances will be made for anyone who speaks out against Hillary Clinton if she wins.

    Political Correctness has eroded the country. Federal bureaucracies have already been used against conservatives under Obama.

    If Hillary is elected, she will double down on us–those she deems irredeemable deplorables. Also, please note this fact: Just because someone does not vote for Trump doesn’t mean they won’t be counted among the deplorables.

    The Democrat flunkies who will be carrying out the Clinton agenda will not care if any given American was against Trump. If a far Leftist sees an American’s name on some list, they will not be given a free pass just because they voted Libertarian, or wrote in someone else.

    Anyone who does not vote for Hillary will also be considered a deplorable, irredeemable, un-American peon who can be targeted for anything these government workers dream up.

    Take a look at the following. I know it’s ten minutes long, and you don’t have to watch the whole thing, but it illustrates exactly the type of person who will be lording it over all of us if Hillary wins:

     

     

    The above is not an isolated incident. It is a common practice now. If Hillary wins, people like the woman above will grow braver and stronger, and will make the lives of more and more Americans a living hell.

    I can’t help but wish that such a person could be put on notice. Such behavior is abusive and bigoted, yet she’s proud of herself. But if Hillary wins, more of this type of behavior will become the norm.

    There will be more violence, more division, more denigration, and more abuse. There will be less inclusiveness, and more distrust. The country will divide yet further, and Conservatives and Libertarians will be considered non-persons, to the press, the government, and Leftists like the woman above.

    So, here’s my dilemma. I am rather ill with depression/anxiety, as diagnosed by a physician. I consider myself blessed that I found a great doctor who listens to me, and who will work tirelessly to help me manage my condition.

    Still, I must admit that battling the Leftists for the past 8 years has left me exhausted. And the constant worry about what has happened and will happen if Clinton is elected has exacerbated my condition to the point of physical illness at times.

    Sometimes I lose hours or even days when I’m overcome with depression. I’m not ashamed of my illness. It’s real, it’s chronic, it’s debilitating and it’s hellacious.

    But as I’ve said before, it’s what I was given, and it’s my responsibility to manage it, and to keep myself in the best health I can.

    So I have to plan what I will do if Clinton wins the election. And unfortunately, I’ve decided that I will not engage in politics in the future if she wins.

    I can’t deal with another election, knowing it’s Kabuki Theater. If we can’t win now, we certainly won’t win in 4 or 8 years, no matter who the Republicans run, for the reasons I listed above.

    So, I’ve already decided that I will stay off of social media in the days after the election, no matter who wins. I’m sure it will be a contentious place, and I can’t allow myself to lose a week of my life over something beyond my control.

    And if Clinton wins, I will not be involved in any way, shape or form in protesting or trying to change things. This includes voting.

    I am simply going to drop out and live my life as best I can. It hurts way too much to see news stories about Planned Parenthood clinics and the amount of death, destruction and waste of women and children’s lives as it is. I cannot bear to see these things anymore, knowing they are here to stay.

    The same goes for all the other issues.

    So… if Hillary wins, this November will be the last time I ever vote.

    I don’t say this lightly. I’ve voted in every election except one since I was 18 years old. Not to vote is a foreign idea to me.

    But at this point, it won’t do any good, and my health has suffered way too much already.

    I hope people won’t hold it against me in 2020, but I absolutely will not get involved in any attempt to “beat” Hillary. I refuse to go through this again, and I will not bother to drive to the polling place. I am staying home.

    In closing, I’m going to embed a tweet with a video re Donald Trump. I have watched it quite a few times, because it made me happy to see the little girl’s face when she realized someone cared enough to help her.

    Related Posts:

     

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  • Pray For Paris and Peace in the World

    Last night’s news of the attack on Paris was no surprise, but simply an expected gut-punch. No surprise because ISIS and other manifestations of radical Islam have been at war with the west for many years, even though some refuse to acknowledge it. A gut-punch because even though you expect to hear of attacks, such evil still shocks the conscience. At this point there’s nothing we believers can do except pray for Peace in this dark world.

     

    My go to prayers are the Holy Rosary, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and some others. Following are the Patron Saints of France, along with Our Lord Jesus and his Mother.

    St. Joan Of Arc, Patron of France
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    St. Joan of Arc, pray for us.

    St. GenevieveSt. Genevieve, pray for us.

    St. Therese de Lisieux

    St. Therese the Little Flower, pray for us.

    St. Agatha, pray for us.

    Queen of PeaceMary, Mother of God, pray for us. Immaculate Queen of Peace, pray for us.

    Lord Jesus Christ, We praise You: Bring peace into the world By bringing Your peace into the hearts of all. Help us to turn away from sin And to follow You in love and service.
    Glory be yours, and honour, For ever and ever.
    Amen.
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    St. Michael the Archangel, Patron of Soldiers

     

    St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in this day of battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil, may God rebuke him, we humbly pray. And do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, cast into Hell, Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world, seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

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    O Prince of peace, we humbly ask your protection for all our men and women in military service. Give them unflinching courage to defend with honor, dignity and devotion, the rights of all who are imperiled by injustice and evil. Be their rock, their shield, and their stronghold and let them draw their strength from you. For you are God, for ever and ever.


  • A 30 Second Guide To How Gun Free Zones Affect You

    (This post was inspired by David Wong’s A 30 Second Guide to How the Gay Marriage Ruling Affects You).

    In case you missed the news, or are perhaps wondering at numerous Facebook posts dedicated to the memory of four Military heroes, there has been another shooting in a gun free zone. (Sadly, a fifth victim has also died).

    11700948_10156477394675377_600792526817586342_nEach time a shooting in a gun free zone occurs, thousands of people, many of whom are neither lawful owners of firearms, nor have any idea of the part gun free zones play in making people less safe, begin squawking through their keyboards, telling all and sundry the reasons gun free zones protect the people forced to enter them, and lately,  parroting the fact that the current insanity re firearms on Military installations was first enacted by a man named Boooosh.

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    For these folks, I’ve written this handy guide.

    If you are a citizen who is under the impression that anyone named Boooosh is both an evil genius while at the same time being the most stupid person or persons ever to inhabit earth from its inception, and who chooses to stay out of gun free zones:

    The gun free zone policy will not affect you in any way.

     

    If you are a citizen who is under the impression that because a policy enacted many years ago during a different era by a person named Boooosh is somehow set in stone forever and unable to be changed by legislative process, and who chooses to stay out of gun free zones, and who will treat any injury or death incurred by family or loved ones who must spend time in gun free zones, or who choose to spend time in a gun free zone as an acceptable risk:

    The gun free zone policy will not affect you in any way.

     

    If you are a citizen who does not posses a firearm, and who does not enter gun free zones (or any zone or public space, including cities, towns, villages, neighborhoods, schools, hospitals, churches or any other space open to the public, whether it be a gun free zone or not):

    The gun free zone policy will not affect you in any way, though it may affect friends, family, acquaintances and others you may know.

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    If you are a citizen who either possesses a legally held firearm and a concealed carry permit, or who does not posses a legally held firearm and concealed carry permit, and who chooses to stay out of gun free zones, or was lucky enough not to be in one when a shooting occurs:

    The gun free zone policy will not affect you, on condition that none of your loved ones enter gun free zones. If your loved ones must spend time in gun free zones because of their profession or place of education, or if they choose to do so, as in seeing a movie or shopping in a gun free zones, you may possibly be affected at some point.

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    If you are a citizen who possesses a legally held firearm and concealed carry permit who is forced to spend time in a gun free zone due to employment or schooling, and who decides to ignore the gun free zone policy:

    The gun free zone policy might perhaps affect you and your co workers or fellow students, however, your chances and their chances of survival in the case of a shooting increase significantly.

    If you are related to someone who must work, go to school, or chooses to spend time in a gun free zone for other reasons, or if you yourself work in a gun free zone or chooses to spend time in one for whatever reason:

    The gun free policy may or may not affect you.

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    If you are under the impression that Americans who possess legally held firearms and concealed carry permits or open carry permits will not step up to help those who serve and protect them (see screenshot above) until the policy which prevents said Military from carrying weapons to defend themselves and others on Military installations is amended or changed: 

    You are mistaken. (see photo).

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    Armed citizens line up to guard Georgia recruiting center day after Chattanooga shooting.

     

    If you are a criminal, who possesses a firearm in defiance of state or federal law, and you choose to enter a gun free zone with your illegally obtained firearm to commit a crime, whether it be a robbery, shooting, or other illegal offense, and there are no citizens who were brave enough to defy the gun free zone policy:

    Congratulations. You’re assured of success in your endeavor.

     

    If you are a criminal, who possesses a firearm in defiance of state or federal law, and you choose to enter a gun free zone with your illegally obtained firearm to commit a crime, whether it be a robbery, shooting, or other illegal offense, and there IS  a citizen or citizens  who were brave enough to defy the gun free zone policy:

    You may run into a problem. Please see above scenario with linked article re citizen who defied the policy and saved himself from someone like you. Perhaps you should rethink your plan.

    If you are someone who holds the opinion that people get shot in places that do not have a gun free policy:

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    The gun free zone policy will not affect you in any way unless you enter a gun free zone on the wrong day and do not accept any injury incurred as an acceptable risk.

     

    If you are a friend or family member of anyone who was hurt or killed in any shooting, crime or other incident in a gun free zone…

    Please know that many, many Americans are mourning right along with you. We are so sorry for your hurt and loss. We are praying for your loved ones who were hurt or killed, and we’re praying for you.

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    Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,

    and let the perpetual light shine upon them.

    And may the souls of all the faithful departed,

    through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

    Amen.


  • Gratitude

    My free book promotion for The Notice is running through Sunday.

    My first free promotion, last year for Tears Of Paradox had a total of 300 downloads. I expected about the same for this promotion. Imagine my surprise yesterday when I saw that the Notice had been downloaded over 400 times on only the first day of the promotion.

    Now this may be a drop in the bucket to what a well known and traditionally published author would get in free downloads, but to me, a struggling unknown independent, it means a lot.

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    I decided to check my Amazon ranking last night, just for fun. I was met with the above sight. The Notice is #2 in Christian Fantasy free books in Amazon’s Best Sellers.  It’s also #2 in Religious Science Fiction, and #568 in free overall. Again, this may seem small when compared to traditionally published authors with houses that help with marketing, but for lil ole me it’s a big deal.

    So, I feel the need to say thank you. Thank you to God for his grace in allowing me to pursue this dream. Such a thing seemed out of the realm of possibility a year ago. It’s reality today. I couldn’t have done this without Divine inspiration and help. I admit that.

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    26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

    Speaking of inspiration, I must mention someone else. Tears Of Paradox and The Notice were written during a period of darkness in my life. I found comfort, understanding and inspiration in the music of Bruce Springsteen, particularly my favorite album, Darkness On The Edge Of Town.

    My genre is Classic Rock, and while I listen to many artists, some of whom also inspired characters and scenes in my work, DOTEOT (and Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ) spoke to me in a way I can’t really describe with words.

    I’m working on finding a “song” for each character in this series. Following is Something In The Night from DOTEOT, which, to me, is protagonist Jason’s “song.”

     

    I’m riding down Kingsley, figuring I’ll get a drink

    Turn the radio up loud, so I don’t have to think,

    I take her to the floor, looking for a moment when the world seems right,

    And I tear into the guts, of something in the night.

    You’re born with nothing, and better off that way,

    Soon as you’ve got something they send someone to try and take it away,

    You can ride this road ’till dawn, without another human being in sight,

    Just kids wasted on something in the night.

    Nothing is forgotten or forgiven, when it’s your last time around,

    I got stuff running ’round my head That I just can’t live down.

    When we found the things we loved, They were crushed and dying in the dirt.

    We tried to pick up the pieces, And get away without getting hurt,

    But they caught us at the state line, And burned our cars in one last fight,

    And left us running burned and blind, Chasing something in the night.

    I had the extreme good luck to be in the audience at Citizen’s Bank Park on September 3, 2012, (Labor Day) when Springsteen performed a 5 song set from DOTEOT. H/T SomewhereInJersey75 for the following video. (I was in the nosebleeds).

     

    I’ve seen numerous rock concerts since my first trip to the Spectrum in 1978, but this was my all time favorite. It was also my last Springsteen concert. My husband admires Springsteen’s music, but has become less than a fan over the past few years, for which I do not blame him.

    Still, I’m very grateful to Springsteen. His music helped me through an extremely difficult period of my life.

    Finally, to whoever reads this blog, and whoever reads my books, my online writing buddies who help me everyday, or anyone who encourages me in  any way… I am grateful to you, too.


  • Remembering The Space Shuttle Challenger

    Yesterday marked the 29th anniversary of the tragic Challenger explosion. Most people remember where they were upon hearing of tragic events. I remember exactly where I was when I heard of the death of Princess Diana. Same with 9-11.

    When the shuttle Challenger exploded on 1/28/86 I was in my living room, watching it on TV. My son was two months old, and my daughter was in kindergarten. At that time, my little girl said she wanted to be an astronaut when she grew up. That may be why I was so interested in this launch, and Christa McAuliffe, the first teacher in space. I will never, ever forget the look on Christa’s mother’s face after the explosion.

    For me, watching the explosion in real time was similar to watching the twin towers fall on 9-11. You see something with your very own eyes, yet your mind tells you it can’t be true.

    The article above contains President Ronald Reagan’s statement on this tragedy, including the following:

     “We will never forget them nor the last time we saw them … as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye … and slipped the surly bonds of Earth to touch the face of God.”

    Such comforting words. Reagan cancelled the State Of The Union address scheduled for that evening, and instead spoke of the Challenger disaster.

    How far America has fallen. When disaster strikes in 2015, our President plays golf or watches sports. His administration sends musicians to sing inappropriate songs to the people of other nations one week after other world leaders gather in solemn solidarity. Our current President will not recognize evil, let alone combat it the way Ronald Reagan did.

    But what’s done is done. America gave us the Challenger crew, accomplished and heroic. Perhaps others will arise, and America will once again be “The Shining City On A Hill.”

    The Challenger crew were shooting stars. May they rest in peace.

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  • Almost There

    I’m can’t believe I’m almost ready to publish my second novel.

    What a roller coaster ride the past 5-6 years have been, since I really got to work on writing. I have always created and always wrote, but never thought I would write a book. I began creating around age ten, when I learned to sew on my mom’s Singer sewing machine. I learned to sew clothes and made a stuffed hippopotamus from a Simplicity pattern. The material had a pink background and was dotted with what looked like candy. I think the hippopotamus may be in my mother’s attic.

    I sewed by hand and machine for many years. When my five year old cousin’s stuffed Minnie Mouse frayed, I mended it for her. I don’t really remember learning to knit, I only know that I learned before age ten. I think my mother taught me. She was a great knitter in her younger years.

    When my daughter was born I sewed special clothes for her, cute little sunsuits, hats and dresses. This continued. I sewed a First Communion dress for my daughter, who was very particular. She did not want satin or frilly lace. The dress had to fit her specs: cotton cloth with a sailor collar, Irish lace and a few tucks, nothing fancy. She picked it. There was a bit of a ruckus about shoes. My daughter loved fancy black patent leather Mary Janes. She wore them from age two on; they were a mainstay. At First Communion time we decided to just let her wear the black shoes instead of buying new white shoes that we knew she would never wear again. I think she may have argued a bit, but we ignored her. That was a mistake. In the group photo of the First Communion class, my child was the only girl with black shoes. The sewing for my daughter went on through High School. I sewed all of her Homecoming and Prom gowns. I did not offer to make her wedding gown, and she did not ask me, thank God.

    The sewing continued for nieces. Here’s a picture of a baptismal gown I sewed. Both nieces wore it. I made a fancy satin appliqué Communion dress for my nieces.

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    Over the years I’ve made many quilts. Here’s one of my favorites.

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    I learned to hand spin wool on my spinning wheel and knit it into garments. I’ve created lovely embroidered linens and cross stitched pieces, and knitted scarves, sweaters and afghans without number.

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    My home is filled with beautiful stitchery. I’ve also knitted baby items for donation to moms in need and created quilts for my children and other members of my family. I do it because I love them.

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    The cross stitched bear above hangs in my sewing room. He’s one of my favorites.

    I don’t know why I waited until I was in my forties to begin writing seriously. I wrote on and off throughout my life, in diaries and journals, but even though I had a secret dream of writing a book, I never took myself seriously until the idea for what ultimately would become the Storms Of Transformation series practically hit me over the head. It was a turning point in my life, one of those occasions that you remember in detail. I remember exactly where I was when the idea slammed me. The idea of NOT following through and at least trying to write was out of the question. I had to do it. I think my ideas have merit. I hope others like my work, but even if that isn’t the case, I won’t stop. My grandchildren may read my work someday. If America continues  on its current path, at least they’ll know I tried.


  • Bring on Spring

    I know this sounds ridiculous since winter is barely two weeks old, but bring on spring. The days are already getting longer. I love this fact. Here are a few pictures of sights I’m longing to see.

    IMG_2336My husband and I haven’t gone riding since September. We were both too busy to do much riding this year. He’s been working on refinishing our basement/TV room, and I’ve been working on writing. Pictured above is a spring scene on a back country road near our home. It’s hard to see, but corn is sprouting in the field. I can’t wait to see such a sight again. Winter can be beautiful, but it’s just not my favorite season.

    IMG_2335I love Spring. Above are cherry blossoms. This tree is my favorite. The blossoms only last about a week, so I spend a lot of time under the tree each April. Below are Hyacinths, blooming under this same tree. I usually see them poking out of the ground in mid-February.

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    February is also the month I begin training for the DE Half Marathon. I haven’t decided whether or not I’m running this year. I need to make a decision soon. The race is an awesome experience. It gets me in shape and makes me feel accomplished, but training in winter is a drag. I have a few weeks to decide whether or not to enter. Here’s my best time, last year after my 10 miler.

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    After the race, it’s time for spring to really get going. The tulips bloom under the cherry tree in May. My granddaughter loved the flowers 🙂

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    It’s not that far away. I can do this! I’ll think of spring and enjoy the longer days. I don’t believe in wishing my life away, so I’ll enjoy winter’s beauty, but I can still dream of spring.

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    And then I can say, Bring on Summer. 🙂

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    My favorite season.


  • With Heartfelt Thanks

    My Free Kindle promotion for Tears Of Paradox will be ending at midnight. I am in shock at its success. As of this writing, 292 copies of my novel have been downloaded. The promotion runs through midnight, so I expect to get a few more downloads, and I’m reasonably sure that at least 300 people will have my book on their devices.

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    This is a truly momentous occasion for me. Numerous people supported my campaign by sharing Facebook posts and tweets, or just giving me a kind word of encouragement. Special thanks to my wonderful family and friends, both at home and online.

    Thanks also to Daria DiGiovanni, Kia Heavey, Marina Fontaine and everyone at CLFA. Your friendship and support help me more than you’ll ever know.

    To new readers, I’m honored that you downloaded Tears. I hope you enjoy the read, and please follow me on Facebook and Twitter.

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  • The importance of voting your conscience

    Today is the Feast of All Souls in the Catholic Church, and this morning’s Mass readings contained some of the most beautiful and comforting words in all of scripture, including Christ’s words to Martha just before he raised her brother Lazurus from the grave: “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.” (John 11:25-26)

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    “I am the resurrection and the life…” What momentous words. What a comforting promise. We can rest in the knowledge that our loved ones will have eternal life. We can pray for the dead, and hope we will see them in Paradise.

    However, as comforting as the scripture readings were, I couldn’t help feeling some sorrow, not for the dead, (including my own father), but for some of us still living here in this wilderness we call life.

    Christ’s comforting words to Martha about her beloved brother might have been a great  opening for a few words about the great privilege and responsibility entrusted to we Americans–the right to vote.

    Think about it. Christ spoke of the promise of resurrection from the dead. He wants us to

    images copy 8live. He wants us all to live. This includes all of humanity without exception. Christ wants everyone to live. “Everyone” includes unborn babies, the handicapped, and others who might be deemed “inconvenient” in the eyes of some Americans.

    A recent story out of the United Kingdom has haunted me for days. A mom won the “right” to allow her twelve year old handicapped daughter to die by dehydration. The mom is being hailed as a hero by some, and the act of dehydrating her child is thought, by certain people, to be an act of mercy. You can read about the case here, and come to your own conclusion.

    We are taught to do our best to see everyone through the eyes of Christ, and also to look for Christ in all of our fellow human beings. We are also supposed to ask ourselves “What would Jesus do?”

    Somehow, I get the feeling that Jesus isn’t exactly thrilled at the prospect of a twelve year old child being dehydrated to death over a period of two weeks, or His knowledge of millions of children being ripped out of their safe havens limb by limb and then tossed into the trash.

    Since Americans  are being asked to make some hard choices on Tuesday, it might have been a good idea for our pastor to say a few words during the homily about the importance of voting your conscience. However, with the exception of general intercessory prayers, nothing was said by the pastor himself except a quick statement urging parishioners to exercise their right to vote. No mention was made from the pastor himself, to investigate the issues and then choose the candidates with values similar to those of Church teaching.

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    To be fair, our parish displays signs pertaining to human life at certain times of year, and the bulletin does contain references to the sanctity of human life. This week a statement about voting for candidates with Christian values was included, but still, many folks don’t even read the bulletin. Folks in the pews who normally vote for candidates who will do the exact opposite of what is written above could easily toss the bulletin in the trash, the same way human beings are tossed into the trash each and every day in America. It’s pretty easy to hide the words in a parish bulletin if you’re determined to be willfully blind to the plight of helpless human beings.

    This isn’t any ordinary election. More and more human lives hang in the balance with each passing year. It’s very unfortunate that some folks aren’t taught about the sanctity of human life while sitting in the pews at Mass. How sad it is, that some pastors seem a bit indifferent to the well being of their own flocks. These priests and ministers certainly aren’t doing those in their care any favors by keeping quiet.

    However, we can’t force people to listen to their conscience, and we cannot force our clergy to speak for those with no voice. We can only pray for the best outcome on Tuesday, and that all of our family, friends and fellow Americans will eventually be able to heal our divisions.

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    We can also pray for our loved ones who’ve gone before us. May they and all the faithful departed rest in the Peace of Christ.

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  • Where Were You When The World Changed Forever?

    I remember exactly where I was. I was in my sister’s family room, watching TV with my niece, who was sick with a sore throat. She stayed home from school that day. I heard about the first plane from my sister, who called from her office in Wilmington Delaware. She wanted to know if what she’d heard a brief mention of was true. I ran to the kitchen to turn on the news, just in time to see the second plane hit. The world skewed, then.

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    I begged my sister to come home from work. Rumor had it that eight more planes were in the air, headed toward various targets. My sister worked downtown, in a city known best as a banking and credit card center. I was afraid a plane would strike Wilmington that day. We all know how that day ended.

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    This photo of a heroic firefighter, climbing the stairs of one of the towers, is one I reflect on yearly. Imagine it…climbing upward, not knowing when–or if–you’ll come back. The following song, “Into The Fire”details just such a hero. This song, from Bruce Springsteen’s 9/11 tribute album “The Rising” , is only one of many on the album. I’m listening to it in it’s entirety as I write. The images are painted in music and lyrics. I listen every year. I’m sure each and every American who was old enough remembers exactly where they were that day. We all have different ways of commemorating this solemn day. Many of us pray for the victims, their families, police, firefighters, the injured, our beloved America, and the world at large, which seems to be heading toward a precipice.

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    We are less safe today, 13 years later, than we were on 9/11/01. I don’t understand why; we should have learned from the horror. Sadly, many went back to sleep. I pray they aren’t in for a rude awakening, but only God can save us. Please pray for America and the world, for if America somehow falls, the world will fall with it. God Bless and Protect America.

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    Never forget.