“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 …

Louisa May Alcott as grief counselor (on the fifth anniversary of this blog)

My obsession with Louisa played out in a rather odd way. Never a big reader until a few years ago, I’d find myself reading a biographical account of Louisa’s life (rather than read her own words) every few years. This began after reading Martha Saxton’s biography. After the reading (usually done during the autumn months) …

Announcing my first book, “River of Grace,” to be published this Fall!

I am pleased to announce that my very first book, River of Grace: Creative Passages Through Difficult Times will be released this Fall, published by Ave Maria Press! You can pre-order it now on Amazon.com. A memoir with life application River of Grace is a faith-based memoir (written from my Roman Catholic tradition) with life …

Gaining a new understanding of Louisa May Alcott’s “Vortex”

Dictionary.com had several definitions for the word, "vortex" which I thought were interesting: 1. a whirling mass of water, especially one in which a force of suction operates, as a whirlpool. 2. a whirling mass of air, especially one in the form of a visible column or spiral, as a tornado. 3. a whirling mass …