happy birthday, Cachita!

Posted by on Sep 8, 2017 in good for the soul | 0 comments

It’s the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. As Cuban-Americans, on this day we celebrate the patroness of Cuba, Our Lady of Charity.


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It’s rough to be so far away from family and friends today. Instead of celebrating, though, they are packing up in the face of an impending hurricane, Irma.

This, on the heels of the devastation in Texas and the Gulf coast.

For the first time that I know of, Miami receives a dispensation for not attending Mass this Sunday. In fact, all Masses are cancelled. Wow.

Pray for those in the path of Irma. I put my trust in Jesus, and Cachita, who once upon a time, stilled those waters. 

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I have this book, y’all!

Posted by on Sep 3, 2017 in courageous saints, formidable women | 3 comments

Super Girls

It’s true! I have this book that comes out in just a few days, on the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary! I’m so excited to share Super Girls and Halos: My Companions on the Quest for Truth, Justice, and Heroic Virtue with you.

Fun for me!

It was a fun book to write, something that I’d always wanted to do — examine the lives of some of the heroines of popular culture that I had come to admire, and even emulate at times in my life. My growing faith helped me see some other things in these exciting characters, what Bishop Robert Barron calls the “seeds of the gospel.” These heroic women have human virtues that are good, but the more I thought about it, the more I saw how the lives of saints were also exciting and interesting, and certainly worth emulating.

I bring it all together in this book that explores fictional heroines, real saints, the cardinal virtues, and Our Lady of Guadalupe!

I had a lot of fun doing the research for the book, which was pretty much getting to binge-watch my favorite movies and then talk about them, and then repeat the process with some saints that I think you will love to know more about. Isn’t that a fan’s dream?

Fun for you!

I had so much fun, I want to share it with you. To celebrate the launch of Super Girls and Halos on September 8th, I’m giving away a Wonder Woman plush doll since the very first chapter is about Wonder Woman!

I’m also joining the Nerdy Catholic Tees guys with some truth on a silk screen about the Blessed Mother being the Original Wonder Woman!

Post a picture of yourself anywhere on social media holding a copy of Super Girls and Halos with #SuperGirlsandHalos and you’ll be entered to win the Wonder Woman plush doll. Add #ShowYourNerdySide and you’ll be entered to win The Original Wonder Woman t-shirt courtesy of NerdyCatholicTees.com. Check out the Nerdy Guys at NerdyCatholicTees.com for a chance to win a signed copy of my book!

What’s Coming Up?

Follow me on social media. I’ll be posting links to interviews and reviews about Super Girls and Halos, and I’ll be posting and sharing your pictures, too!*

Enjoy the book! Enjoy the fun! And spread the word!

*Contest ends September 21, 2017. Winners will be announced on September 22, 2017.



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critters in my back yard

Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in fun | Comments Off on critters in my back yard

How varied are your works, LORD!

In wisdom you have made them all;

the earth is full of your creatures.

There is the sea, great and wide!

It teems with countless beings,

living things both large and small.

          (Psalm 104:25)


Ever since moving to our little paradise on the Bay of the Holy Spirit, we’ve had all kinds of friendly visitors:


raccoons, jackrabbits, squirrels,
songbirds, hummingbirds, ospreys,
pelicans, herons, box turtles,
frogs, snakes, butterflies,
crabs, catfish, dolphins, rays


and most recently, ALLIGATORS!

I’m holding out for the CHUPACABRA.


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just a super chill Sunday…

Posted by on Aug 13, 2017 in scary | Comments Off on just a super chill Sunday…


just chillin’ in the shade

…with a super chill gator looking for some shade.

I was up at dawn with my cup of coffee and journal, and spied a piece of driftwood that wasn’t exactly acting like driftwood, so I did the intelligent thing and walked out to investigate. It was the friendly neighborhood gator chilling out in the shade of the dock. He was out for some time just swimming around and doing his thing, so I took a few pictures. I think if you click on the pictures that show his body you can see the ridges on his back. What a cool place to live with such a variety of critters!

Sometimes he’d go out, and then come back in for the shade of the dock. I don’t think he’ll bother trying to come up the riprap, and of course, we left him alone, but it was exciting!

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3 things I love today

Posted by on Aug 12, 2017 in fun | 2 comments

  • rain

  • sun

  • air conditioning. on high.

how about you?

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