Christmas greetings to you in the spirit of Louisa May Alcott

Remembering the Spirit of Christmas from Little Men: "Were they poor children?" asked Nat, wistfully. "Yes, I think so; you see some haven't got hardly any clothes on, and the mothers don't look like rich ladies. He liked poor people, and was very good to them. He made them well, and helped them, and told …

Louisa May Alcott: Illuminated by The Message on sale through Christmas!

Check out Louisa May Alcott: Illuminated by The Message - on sale at 15% off through Christmas! Available in large print as well as a the regular edition. Use the code ALCOTT during checkout http://www.portalstoprayer.com/alcott/

A dream book launch–Louisa May Alcott: Illuminated by The Message makes its debut at The Barrow Bookstore in Concord

For an author obsessed with all things Alcott, does it get any better than this? Launching a book about the most famous Alcott, Louisa, in The Barrow, a bookstore housed in a building owned by descendants of Anna Alcott Pratt in the heart of Concord, Massachusetts ... it's a dream come true. A book store …

Hospitality still reigns at Orchard House (plus a big surprise announcement!)

The Christmas season has officially begun at Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House!  "A Country Christmas" begins this weekend, December 5th/6th and continues the following two weekends. Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for reservations. Last night the staff held an open house for members of Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House. This meant we could walk in the front …

Louisa May Alcott: Illuminated by The Message is here! Book signing this Sunday in Concord.

Louisa May Alcott: Illuminated by The Message is here! Book Signing/Launch this Sunday, Dec. 6, 4 pm Short presentation followed by conversation and signing-- let's gab about Louisa! The Barrow Bookstore, 79 Main Street, Concord, MA (rear of the building, behind Fritz & Gigi) Are you passionate about Louisa May Alcott too? Subscribe to the …

“Warmth and wisdom here for everyone who opens it”–Review of River of Grace by Gabrielle Donnelly

Gabrielle Donnelly, author of The Little Women Letters, was kind enough to review an advance copy of my River of Grace: You don't have to be Catholic to love this book.  There is warmth and wisdom here for everyone who opens it, whether they are questioning their spiritual faith, struggling with personal loss,  attempting to …

Book Review: River of Grace from In the Bookcase blog

I received a comprehensive and beautiful review of River of Grace from our friend Tarissa of the In the Bookcase blog (she's the one who did the Louisa May Alcott reading challenge with us over the summer). Here's a taste of it: Susan Bailey is an accomplished researcher of all things pertaining to American author …

Louisa May Alcott, the Pope and me

I write articles and a monthly column for our local Catholic newspaper. This is my October column. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Autumn in New England turns my heart towards Concord where an antique brown colonial stands. …

Life restored after a season of loss: “River of Grace: Creative Passages Through Difficult Times” in word and song

This past Wednesday was a BIG day. This arrived in the mail ... But that was not all. I also got the final mix of my soundtrack CD for River of Grace from the producer. And I have to say he really outdid himself. I sent him a text back with 7 hearts - one …

It’s here! A folk art rendition of The Wayside (aka Hillside), home of the real-life little women

You may recall a series of posts on the progress of a folk art painting by Joyce Pyka of The Wayside. It is now complete and ready for the wall of your living room, writing room or bedroom. The prints for this painting are reasonably priced at $18.40 and measure 24 x 20; department stores …