Today is Labor Day Monday and the beginning of the slippery slope until the end of the year. After this weekend, it always seems to me like it’s Columbus Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving and, boom!, it’s Christmas. And with the crazy weather we’ve had this year I feel like we never really got into summer (not that that’s a bad thing). I don’t know if it’s just me, but the years seem to go by faster and faster.

So this is my first reflection back on 2013 with several more to come by the end of the year. I have to say that 2013 has been filled with  extraordinary events and devastating losses. I published my first book, got to see it in print, connected with so many great friends as a result and continue to see thinks happening with it each week. But I’ve lost some dear friends and my beautiful, gracious mother-in-law this year. Things change and there’s no avoiding it.

After Labor Day, the next significant date this fall is September 11th. We all remember where we were and what we were doing on that day, at that time  in 2001. It was not my intent to exploit that event in my book, IN THAT MOMENT, rather to explore an alternative perspective to the disaster. Peace to those who perished in that disaster and continued prayers for their friends and families.

For the month of September, IN THAT MOMENT will be on sale for $1.99 at all websites.


Since April 29th, “In That Moment”, has been available for sale at one vendor site or another. It has generated a lot of sales as a digital book because many of you are friends and are curious about what I had written. Response was more than positive from readers. I genuinely tried to tell a story which so many of us could relate to of trying to justify our desires with what we know to be right. And I still feel that the story that I wrote has the potential to reach more people and touch them in the way that it has touched (me) and many of you. I’m planning some book signings over the next few months in Hilton Head and maybe Graham, NC and hoping to expand beyond that. Now “In That Moment” is available as a paperback at Amazon which I, like many of you, still prefer to a digital book. If you have read “In That Moment”, please write a review wherever you purchased it or wherever you post your opinions. I’m so grateful for the support and I am now working hard to bring you another compelling read.

The events this past week in Boston bring us all back to our memories of September 11, 2001. Where were we? What were we doing? What was our first thought when we saw the television coverage?  I remember feeling incredibly vulnerable.

And last night, coincidentally, we watched Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. I ached for the main character, Oscar, who desperately tried to make sense of something that made no sense.

I’m thankful that extent of the destruction in Boston was minimized and that the authorities were so expeditious in closing in on the suspects. But it was chilling to learn that these two men had been completely successful in deluding those around them into thinking that they were just regular citizens with a real reverence for the “American way of life”.

Which all goes to show you, that you never know what goes on behind closed doors with your neighbors or friends or even other family members.

My prayers go out to those in Boston still healing and mourning, whose lives one short week ago were very different.