heritage and patron saints

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Weekly Photo Challenge | 0 comments

This week’s photo challenge from The Daily Post is heritage. The above drawing of Our Lady of Charity, a gift from dear friends, perfectly captures both my Cuban and Catholic heritage.

I love that challenge! I just got back from a trip to Cuba, and delighted in taking pictures of all the images I saw of Cuba’s patroness, Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre.

I had a number of pictures from my 2015 trip, including a picture of the statue at the National Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre, so I’ve compiled them all here in this slideshow.

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superheroes and saints

Posted by on May 21, 2017 in courageous saints, formidable women | 0 comments

I thought I’d share some of the Super Girls and Halos that have filled up my new bulletin board in my new office. It was fun getting to know them!

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friendly feathered friend

Posted by on May 6, 2017 in Weekly Photo Challenge | 0 comments

I can’t, for the life of me, figure out what kind of bird this is, but it’s huge, and not quite as graceful as its parents. I don’t think Otis is in any danger, but I do think of that funny scene in The Proposal when the eagle makes off with the small dog.

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Super Girls and Halos is Available!

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in writing | 0 comments

I’m so excited to let you all know that my second book with Ave Maria Press, Super Girls and Halos: My Companions on the Quest for Truth, Justice, and Heroic Virtue, is available for pre-order! Get yours early!

Now that the commercial is over, I want to gush over the fun of revealing the cover to you, plus, this is really a fun book that I started writing over 30 years ago, so it’s very cool for me to see it come to fruition.

My love for science fiction, comics, and fantasy stories started when I was a little kid, and by the time I was in college and majoring in literature, I was secretly writing what we know today as fan-fiction.

I got over the fan-fiction part when I started writing my own stories, but I still felt drawn to the fictional heroines I loved as a child and young adult. Recent reboots of Star Trek, new episodes of Star Wars, and film adaptations of books such as Hunger Games, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to find Them from Harry Potter grabbed my attention again as an adultAdd to that the Marvel and DC Comics universes brought to the big screen, especially the Wonder Woman film coming this summer, and I turn 12 all over again.

I’m a bit more discerning about my heroes and heroines today, but noticed that these strong female characters resonate with me because they exhibit human virtue. I wondered what would happen in real life if I adopted some of these traits. Could I live a heroic life?

What if I cooperated with God’s plan for me? Could I live a holy life? A life of heroic virtue?

I started to read about the saints, and noticed that there were many similarities. And significant differences. The saints operated with God’s grace. It made all the difference in their lives, and the lives of the people they touched.

If you like the strong women being portrayed on the big screen today, I invite you order a copy of Super Girls and Halos and read about those fun characters, and a little bit about some extraordinary real women who took heroism to holy heights.



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Peep Wars

Posted by on Apr 16, 2017 in fun | Comments Off on Peep Wars

Nothing says Easter afternoon after Mass and lunch, like a good Peep War.

Mostly because I enjoy blowing them up in the microwave.

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