Kaye Park Hinckley receives national recognition
through the NYC Big Book Award®!

The NYC Big Book Award recognized The Distance Between High and Low by Kaye Park Hinckley in the category of 
Religion Fiction as Winner.
The competition is judged by experts from different aspects of the book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters. Selected award Winners and Distinguished Favorites are based on overall excellence.

The Distance Between High and Low by Kaye Park Hinckley is a Southern Gothic novel about the consequences for two young people who set out to learn the identity of their father. Teenaged twins, Lizzie and Peck live in the house of their eccentric, widowed grandmother Pearl–a house of history and secrets– along with their unstable, drug-addicted, artist mother, Lila, and Izear, a half-Cherokee Indian devoted to Pearl who took him into her house many years before. Often with dark humor, the story focuses on the strivings of complex characters in the fictional town of Highlow, Alabama from the 1960’s into the 1980’s.

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2021 was a record year for books awarded due to the high level of quality and diverse books submitted.  Again in 2021, NYC Big Book Award received book submissions worldwide, including great submissions from journalists, well-established authors, small and large press as well as first time indie authors who participated in high numbers.  Entries were from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America.  Cities such as Bangalore, Edmonton, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, New York, Seattle, Singapore, Vancouver, were representative among the entries.  Winners were recognized globally from Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Lebanon, Queensland and the United States of America.  

Awarded books included The American Bar Association, Friesen Press, Gatekeeper Press, Greenleaf Book Group, Joggling Board Press, Story Merchant Books, and WildBlue Press.  Quality children publishers such as Barefoot Books as well as Mango and Marigold press were awarded.  Independent presses such as Brill, Goff Books, Koehler Books, Llewellyn Publications, ORO Editions, Routledge Publishers, Rowman & Littlefield, and She Writes Press took both winner and distinguished favorite awards. AuthorHouse, IngramSpark, KindleDirect, SDP Publishing were among the self-publishing platforms.  Lastly, Hachette Books, MacMillan, Penguin Random House were among the large publishers that entered.

“We are elated to highlight these authors’ books, recognize their excellence, and share their achievements.” said awards sponsor Gabrielle Olczak.  “We look forward to showcasing these titles to a larger audience.”

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Top reviews from the United States

Molly’s Momma 5.0 out of 5 stars 


Reviewed on December 28, 2020 Verified Purchase

I just finished this outstanding multi-generational saga and I can’t begin to express how I feel right now. The language, the imagery, the historical accuracy about the largely unknown fate of the persecuted Irish Catholics in the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries, the universality of human struggles with revenge and religious beliefs—what a stunning and life-changing piece of literature. I could compare this story to the Poldark series in some ways, but in other ways it made me feel like The Thorn Birds and even North and South a little bit? Everyone should read this! How have I waited so long to find this book and this author!

Corruption is, at first, a small thing. It may even have a hint of conscience, until it becomes habitual and infectious to everyone around it.  Goodness also begins small, becomes habitual, and infectious as well. Except goodness is honorable in the human person, and corruption is degrading.  So, how do we come to our true value as people?

Our human nature can corrupt itself, since we are created with free will and the ability to choose. Corruption is what happens when we let something we’re doing that we are not proud of get out of hand, until we are consistently putting ourselves and our desires above all else.

Of course, corruption happens in politics since it is made up of people with ambitions who have found that they can ignore goodness if it interferes with their political goals. However, it is nonetheless degrading, and its infection can spread until the taking of a human life in the womb, the mistaken confusion of choosing one’s gender, or the misrepresentation of what marriage truthfully is, becomes commonplace. But all that, and more, demeans us as human beings created by God. And yet, we can choose to do any of it. We can choose to do it ‘our way’ rather than considering “God’s way.”

Choice is a word thrown around a lot, without looking at the responsibilities that flow from the God-given gift of free will that we have.  Responsibility is not a ‘happy’ thing to bring up to someone in the throws of corruption, selfishness, and a lack of goodness. When we are acting in this way, we do not want to look at ourselves in a truthful light, and so, many of us try to make the wrongs we do seem right. And there are plenty of other people, especially in politics, who do this, too, by covering over truth with lies for their own gain and political victories. These so-called leaders are selfishly fostering corruption on a much larger, and detrimental, level.

This is why the truthful family, based upon the sacrament of marriage, is being negatively affected. This is why the deep responsibility to guide children who come from that marriage is being overlooked. This is why it is imperative to look upward to God for guidance, rather than looking around at the temporary world we live in. Except, goodness isn’t easy, has never been easy, and will never be easy.

So, can we actually do the things that are hard, the things that are truthfully good, and not take the easy way out with wrong behaviors that decay not only ourselves, but also, our world? The truth is that without delving into the spiritual side of our human nature, we cannot.

Being human, each of us has the capability of committing great wrongs. When we listen to false voices and swallow their false precepts, we can easily fall into corruption rather than goodness. This can bring us troubles we don’t want for ourselves, our family, our country — especially when those voices and precepts offer us a path to self-indulgence.

But, with courage and faith, we can also do the opposite. We can commit ourselves to the responsibility we have as human beings who actually share in the divinity of God. By looking inward and upward, even those in politics can understand that only God reveals our true value as people, and that it is He who gives us the strength to change what troubles us in our lives, setting us on a path to goodness. Because whether we admit it or not, each of us comes from God, and in the end, will be judged by Him.

In Joe Biden’s America, energy prices, inflation and crime are all rising. I’m impressed. Biden has done in six months what it took Jimmy Carter four years to do. — Linda Burton, The Daily News, Galveston, Texas


  1. Promised unity but has only pushed for a partisan, progressive agenda
  2. Signed more executive orders in his first week than any past president, ignoring the role
    of the legislative branch
  3. Failed to reopen schools – 50% of schools are still not meeting fully in-person
  4. Pledged to follow the science and listen to medical experts, but is following the teachers’
    unions instead of Drs. Walensky and Fauci on reopening schools who have said there is no
    medical reason for schools to remain closed
  5. Created the Biden Border Crisis
  6. Has no plan to address the Biden Border Crisis
  7. Providing limited, censored media access to overcrowded facilities housing migrants
  8. Assigned Vice President Kamala Harris, who once compared ICE to the KKK, as border
  9. President Biden and Vice President Harris have failed to visit the southern border
  10. Proposes sending $4 billion to corrupt Northern Triangle countries to prevent illegal
  11. Ended cooperative asylum agreements
  12. Opened the door for individuals who threaten America’s national security by revoking
    President Trump’s travel restrictions
  13. Terminated the “National Emergency” at the southern border
  14. Unraveled the Migrant Protection Protocols
  15. Not fully utilizing Title 42 at the border
  16. Ceased border wall construction despite congressional appropriations
  17. Released thousands of recently apprehended illegal border crossers from custody without
    even issuing them a Notice to Appear in Immigration Court
  18. Proposed amnesty
  19. Halted deportations
  20. Allowing criminal aliens to be released into American communities
  21. Allowing federal funding to be sent to sanctuary cities
  22. Prohibiting federal immigration law enforcement officers from using correct statutory
    terms such as “alien”
  23. Scrapped fines for illegal immigrants who fail to leave the U.S.
  24. Violating CDC guidance at the border
  25. Releasing COVID-positive aliens into Texas
  26. Nominated Chris Magnus to head U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), even though
    he opposes deterrence-focused immigration policies
  27. Increasing numbers of illegal immigrants evading apprehension by Border Patrol
  28. 400% increase in migrants apprehended in March 2021 compared to March 2020
  29. 486% increase in unaccompanied alien children (UACs) arriving at the border in March
    2021 compared to March 2020
  30. 1056% increase in families arriving at the border in March 2021 compared to March 2020
  31. Over 5,000 migrants with criminal convictions apprehended by CBP in Fiscal Year 2021,
    including homicide, assault, and sexual offenses
  32. A record number of UACs in government custody
  33. Deploying federal workforce who have little to no training to care for UACs
  34. Awarded a massive, sole source contract to a nonprofit run by a former Biden-Harris
    Transition Team official to help manage the surge of UACs
  35. Opened 12 new temporary shelters to hold UACs
  36. Spending $60 million a week to house UACs
  37. Ceased conducting FBI fingerprint checks of other adult household members of sponsors
    for UACs
  38. Providing vaccines to illegal immigrants
  39. Ceased the accurate apportionment of the 2020 census to include illegal aliens
  40. Reverted back to an outdated civics test for individuals seeking citizenship
  41. Rescinded President Trump’s “public charge” rule requiring immigrants to be
    self-sufficient and not rely on public welfare programs
  42. Cancelled the Keystone Pipeline, killing thousands of good paying jobs
  43. Reentered the Paris Agreement, disadvantaging the United States and leaving Americans
    to shoulder the costs of higher energy bills, lower wages, fewer jobs, less energy
  44. Halted oil and gas leasing on federal lands
  45. Rising gas prices
  46. Added more bureaucracy to the regulatory process by requiring the head of each
    federal agency to review any regulation, policy, and guidance document issued during
    President Trump’s term that the Biden Administration deems inconsistent with their
    climate agenda
  47. Allowing California to set stricter fuel standards and dictate vehicle emissions regulations
    across the country
  48. Reversed efforts by the Trump Administration to reduce regulatory burdens that required
    two regulations to be rescinded before creating a new one
  49. Rescinded a good government executive order requiring agencies to post guidance
    online in a searchable database
  50. Rolled back the Trump Administration’s “rules on rules” at the Department of
    Transportation, reducing the information available for rulemaking, enabling the abuse of
    guidance documents, and eliminating due process in adjudications
  51. Cancelled President Trump’s plan to let more physicians prescribe an opioid-treatment
  52. Rejoined the World Health Organization without it undergoing needed reforms
  53. Appointed Xavier Becerra as HHS Secretary, despite having no health care experience,
    suing Little Sisters of the Poor, and locking down churches in California during the
  54. Appointed the former Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary, Rachel Levine, to
    a top HHS post, even though she issued an order sending COVID-positive patients to
    nursing homes
  55. Refuses to hold Governor Cuomo accountable for his deadly nursing home order and
  56. Failed to establish a national COVID-19 testing strategy
  57. Falsely claimed he had a vaccine distribution plan when he in fact relied on President
    Trump’s plan
  58. Signed an executive order mandating masks on federal property but then hours later was
    spotted without a mask on federal property
  59. Issued executive order allowing critical race theory in the federal workplace
  60. Rescinded federal workforce reforms to empower the federal bureaucracy and allow
    massive bureaucratic power to go unchecked
  61. Rescinded federal workforce reforms to reduce the time federal employees spend on
    union activities instead of their jobs
  62. Revoked President Trump’s efforts to expand access to apprenticeships across America
  63. Won’t enforce an Office of Labor-Management Standards rule that requires labor unions
    to disclose certain financial records
  64. Supports $15 minimum wage, which is estimated to kill 1.4 million jobs
  65. Signed a $2 trillion spending package into law under the guise of “COVID relief”—even
    though an estimated $1 trillion in previous spending remains unspent
  66. Spending only 5% of funding provided in the Democrats’ spending package to reopen
    schools in 2021
  67. Spending $1 billion in taxpayer dollars for a COVID-19 vaccine PR campaign after
  68. undermining its safety and efficacy during the 2020 election
  69. Bailed out locked-down, poorly managed states with $350 billion dollars with no strings
  70. attached
  71. Prevents states receiving recovery relief funds from cutting taxes for residents within their
  72. borders
  73. Provided $570 million for additional paid leave to federal employees so they can watch
  74. their kids Zoom into school
  75. Enacted the largest expansion to Obamacare since its creation in 2010
  76. Removed NLRB General Counsel and Deputy Counsel in an unprecedented move
  77. Purged the EPA’s science advisory boards of members who don’t share Democrats’
  78. radical environmental beliefs
  79. Removed a respected scientist who was overseeing the U.S. National Climate Assessment
  80. Instructed the Attorney General to make it easier for prison inmates to have materials
  81. about gaining access to the ballot box
  82. Nominated David Chipman to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and
  83. Explosives, despite having a long record of seeking to limit Americans’ Second
  84. Amendment rights
  85. Pushed the Department of Justice to pursue substantial gun reforms that attack the
  86. Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens
  87. Advocated for packing the Supreme Court
  88. Advocating for changing the Senate filibuster, which he defended for years while in the
  89. U.S. Senate
  90. Supports H.R. 1 to send money to Democrat politicians
  91. Supports an unconstitutional bill to grant D.C. statehood
  92. Withdrew commonsense rules requiring U.S. universities and K-12 schools with foreign
  93. exchange programs to disclose financial ties or other connection to Chinese state-run
  94. Confucius institutes, which seeks to sway students and adults into believing CCP
  95. propaganda
  96. Proposed a rule to establish priorities for grants in American History and Civics Education
  97. programs, specifically to “projects that incorporate racially, ethnically, culturally, and
  98. linguistically diverse perspectives” such as Critical Race Theory and the 1619 Project
  99. Rescinded regulations put into place by former Secretary Betsy DeVos to protect college
  100. students in Title IX hearings
  101. Issued an executive order denying funding to schools unless they allow biological males in
  102. female bathrooms, locker rooms, and sports teams
  103. Rescinded President Trump’s order prohibiting federal funds from being spent overseas
  104. to fund abortions
  105. Rescinded President Trump’s pro-life policy of preventing federal funds from being
  106. provided to organization that make abortion referrals
  107. Froze Trump Administration rule aimed at lowering Insulin and EpiPen prices
  108. Returned the U.S. to engaging with the unreformed U.N. Human Rights Council
  109. Appointed Linda Thomas-Greenfield as U.N. Ambassador, despite giving a speech at a
  110. Confucius Institute and who has since said “white supremacy is weaved into our
  111. founding documents and principles”
  112. Reconsidering lifting sanctions on Iran in order to rejoin the flawed Iran Nuclear Deal
  113. Released his Fiscal Year 2022 budget nearly 70 days after the statutory deadline
  114. Proposes to raise non-defense spending by 16% in Fiscal Year 2022, despite already signing
  115. into law a $2 trillion spending bill
  116. Proposed a 43.4% capital gains tax
  117. Proposed a tax hike, which could hit families, not just individuals, making $400,000 a year,
  118. breaking a promise to the American people
  119. Proposed a $2 trillion so-called “infrastructure” plan, and only 6% of the spending is for
  120. roads and bridges
  121. Proposes to spend $600 billion of spending on radical Green New Deal provisions in the
  122. “infrastructure” package
  123. Peddled false talking points about the Georgia voting law and encouraged the MLB to
  124. move the All-Star Game, which is hurting local Atlanta-area small businesses
  125. Supported Speaker Pelosi’s efforts to overturn the results of an Iowa congressional race
  126. despite the results being certified by bipartisan state election officials
  127. Shelved a new commission to study police reform in favor of left-wing, anti-police legislation

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Gospel Mt 23:27-32

Jesus said,
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites.
You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside,
but inside are full of dead men’s bones and every kind of filth.
Even so, on the outside you appear righteous,
but inside you are filled with hypocrisy and evildoing.

Some people are concerned only about appearances; the outside of things. We can be like that, too. We stuff closets with things we don’t want any visitor to see. We cover our faces with make-up, and our bodies with just the right clothes to make a favorable impression. We say all the things people want to hear whether we believe in them or not.  We all do this to some extent.

On the surface it may be harmless–unless we are covering-up–and yes, hiding– an ugly evil going on inside us. When we are concerned only with what others think about us, we have no principles. When we say one thing in daylight when everyone is watching, but do another thing in the dark when no one sees us, then we are hypocritical, self-serving, and false human beings who should not be trusted.

Isn’t this what we despise about politicians? Their dishonesty. Their hypocrisy. Their self-grabbing. Politicians polish up the outside of themselves so that they appear to care for the downtrodden, when the downtrodden are only a means to votes that will accomplish their selfish ends.

We see this today in Joe Biden and the Democratic Party where nothing is too sacred to use toward for their own gain. Where are those principled stops that ought to be there? There are times when any of us may consider an action that is completely self-serving. But we don’t, because some life-principle we believe in, stops us.

However, there seems to be no life-principle to stop the Democrats’ self-aggrandizement. No lie they will not tell, no people they will not use — not even Americans and our allies left in the wake of Biden’s bumbled retreat from Afghanistan.

In the last forty-seven years, a lengthy time in which Joe Biden was in a position to actually help, the people who depended on him are not better off, but worse off.

If there is no judgment, then evil is good and good is evil.–Fulton J. Sheen

I must judge this Democratic party, as an American Citizen, Catholic, and voter, I must ask: where are their principles?  Which path are they taking??

I suggest it is not the right path. I suggest that time and time again it is the wrong path of plunder and self-indulgence. In short, they are ruining our beautiful country to the point that she may never get out of their ropes. How much longer can we stand for this?

I’m not a rap fan, but I wholeheartedly believe this is their plan.

Step one, train the people only to consume
Step two, infiltrate adults with the news
Step three, indoctrinate the children through the schools
And the music and the apps on the phones that they use
Step four, separate the right from the left
Step five, separate the white from the black
Step six, separate the rich from the poor
Use religion and equality to separate ’em more
Step seven, fabricate a problem made of lies
Step eight, put it on the news every night
Step nine, when people start to fight and divide
Take control, this is called situational design




~Those who have read Kaye Park Hinckley’s earlier novels will know that she is one of the most exciting and gifted writers of contemporary faith-inspired fiction. This latest offering does not disappoint. Absence will further establish Mrs. Hinckley’s hard-earned reputation as a teller of gritty and gripping stories infused with subtle hints of the redemptive power of grace. —Joseph Pearce, the author of numerous literary works including Tolkien: Man and Myth

~ Hinckley does it again. Absence put me in mind of Faulkner as a generation-transcending saga set in the South. But unlike Faulkner, Hinckley does not leave the reader feeling burdened by the tragic consequences of the sins of the fathers visited upon their children. Instead, Hinckley enlightens, revealing the indissolubility of love and truth, and restoring love and life. A terrific read. — Dena Hunt, author of award-winning novels, Treason and The Lion’s Heart


JAMES GREENE, a seasoned peanut farmer, deals with two distinct natures: the Nature of Earth, and his own nature as a man. Coping with either one necessitates choices, some not always virtuous. When a flood, and then a drought, threaten to destroy his farm, James revisits a less than virtuous choice he made in the 1970’s when his beloved wife, Katy, produces a still-born daughter. Absence hinges on the decision James makes to keep Katy from grief, and its treacherous repercussions. James’s family has farmed near the Chattahoochee River for three generations. He is a Vietnam veteran seen by his artist wife, Katy, as strong as steel. His son, William, sees his father as an upright man, almost a king; but James sees himself as a man who will stoop as low as he has to, to get what he wants. And he does just that, while his life as a farmer, and as a man, falls apart.

Most of us have been to a beach, held a handful of sand, and let the tiny grains fall from our fingers. Yet, do we see the uniqueness of the sand–each tiny piece?

Each tiny piece is different from the others. Amazing!!

Grains of Sand magnified 300 times

Each of us human beings is different from every other human being, as well. That is because this world made by God and each person made by God has an ordered uniqueness. If we are made men or women, if we are made white, black, brown, or any color in between, it is an ordered decision of God. We cannot change it. To attempt to do so is chaos, the opposite of order. And a world without order is destined to destroy itself.

Most of our problems are caused by the weaknesses within us. They are humanity’s weaknesses. Catholics call them the seven deadly sins:

Pride, Greed, Envy, Lust, Anger, Sloth, and Gluttony.

And they are the way of the world. Just look around.

Each of the seven deadly sins is a form of Idolatry-of-Self, and we all know people who may be in danger of destroying their lives –and our country–in selfish ways through one or more of them.

Except, just as we have capability of sin, human beings also have the capability of virtue. The seven virtues are:

Faith, Hope, Love, Prudence, Temperance, Courage, and Justice.

Are these virtues the way of our world today? Good news; many times they are.

Because whenever there is great evil, virtuous people will fight. Sadly, the reverse is also true. If a person is known to have virtue, there is usually someone to tear him/her down–even to crucify him.

We have free will, however, so we can choose chaos. We can choose to destroy God’s orderliness. We can choose to hate, or disrupt, or bring others down because of their skin color, or gender. We can choose not to see our unique connection to the God who made us all. We can even choose to destroy our wonderful America, by doing nothing to keep her alive, and by allowing the chaos to continue.

Sometimes we choose not to see because we lack the courage to express our convictions openly. Sometimes we choose not to see the dark things that are happening because we are falsely shamed into it by the lies of our leaders. We are told we are racists if we protest, or get angry. Do not listen to their selfish lies.

Sometimes we are called to get angry, to rock the boat, to be irate enough to ‘overturn the tables in the temple’ as Jesus did to the moneychangers.

And I think TODAY is one of those times.

I believe our country, our once-respected and great, bright America, is in dark chaos. We are being threatened from within, as well as from without. Evil is running rampart, and we are allowing it to do so, because we have forgotten who we are!

If you read this blog, you know I’m a fan of Aesop’s fables. Here is another: The Swallow and the Other Birds

It happened that a Countryman was sowing some hemp seeds in a field where a Swallow and some other birds were hopping about picking up their food. “Beware of that man,” quoth the Swallow. “Why, what is he doing?” said the others. “That is hemp seed he is sowing; be careful to pick up every one of the seeds, or else you will repent it.” The birds paid no heed to the Swallow’s words, and by and by the hemp grew up and was made into cord, and of the cords nets were made, and many a bird that had despised the Swallow’s advice was caught in nets made out of that very hemp.

What did I tell you? said the Swallow. “Destroy the seed of evil, or it will grow up to your ruin. “

Are we headed to a place of ruin? We find it so easy to go along with the crowd—and we find it so hard to stand up against what we know isn’t right. And often we throw up our hands and give up.

Have we given up on America? Have we become tired or indifferent to what our country was supposed to be, but is no longer? What can we do about it?

Of course, the first answer is prayer. But we should expect that our prayer will lead God to call for our personal action. When we pray that God’s Kingdom will come on earth—who will bring it if not us? We are, after all, God’s hands, heart, eyes, and feet on Earth.

The call we discover through prayer will be different for each of us. It may be a tiny call by God. It may be a significant one. But small or large, if we don’t act on it, nothing will change for the better.

And so, I ask: Does the re-constructed path we’re presently allowing in America resemble God’s Kingdom on Earth? Or does it resemble the sort of dark evil that has brought down–ruined–many other countries? If not, then in prayer, each one of us should listen carefully to what we ought to do to make our country great again.

I know some of you are not Trump supporters, but I know you LOVE your country. You do not want our American rights to be cancelled. You do not want us to have no borders, to have women and children abused on the border in heart-breaking ways, to have alien criminals allowed into every state in our union, bringing their drugs with them to sell throughout out country causing the deaths of so many. You do not want to to be energy-dependent again on the Middle East, to have no right to free speech, to have no right to bear arms. You do not want our American heritage dragged through the mud by lies and hypocrisy. You do not want your America to cuddle-up to China like a sick puppy. You want TRUTH not LIES. You want to be able to run your own lives as you see fit.

This blog may not stay up long due to the fact that Trump’s speech at CPAC in Dallas threatens the Democrats and their buddies in high tech. So, listen to it now. And listen with an open mind backed up by what is truly happening to our country today.

Translating a World on the Edge


 Every person we meet has what it takes to be a character in a novel.

 Every person we meet has a propensity to do certain things, and because of this, his/her intellect judges those things as good for them or not good for them, depending upon what their goal is.

 Every person, including ourselves, makes choices, knowing what we should do, or should not do; then we play out our choice through action that in some way, always involves another person.

  Oh yes, in real life, each of us has a story, too!  And that story–our own story–follows us to the end of our days on Earth, taking us to eternal life, or eternal damnation, depending upon the choices we make and the actions we take.

The main characters in novels must change, one way or the other, or there is no novel. Each of us on Earth…

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A Follow-up from Father’s day.

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file0001454030909There’s  a special bond between a father and daughter. Between a Daddy and his little girl. Lots of love, lots of loyalty, lots of protection against a dubious world……if you’re lucky.

If you’re lucky, maybe he’s the one who could always make you laugh. Maybe he’s the one who showered you with compliments and confidence when he said, “You’re beautiful!” Maybe he’s the one who tucked you into bed at night and told you stories about grizzly bears and princesses. And  I’m certain he’s the one into whose arms you sank when you took your first big jump into a swimming pool.

Fathers are extremely important to their daughter’s growth into a strong woman with convictions.  A little girl sees her own worth in her father’s eyes, and she never forgets it.  If she doesn’t see herself reflected as someone good, beautiful, smart, and someone he wants to be around–then look…

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Translating a World on the Edge

My father was a banker by trade, but a fisherman at heart. There is not one reachable body of salt or fresh water –river, lake, or Gulf — that he did not fish. And often, he took me with him. On those trips, I learned a lot about baiting a hook, and casting, and which lure to use, and the hardest lesson of all: how to have patience.  They were times for talking (quietly, of course) while watching your cork, eating canned Vienna sausage and crackers, and drinking loads of iced tea from a thermos. I felt loved and valued, so important for a child, especially a daughter. I thank my father for that and for all fathers–especially my own sons and sons-in law–who make their daughters and sons feel loved and valued, too.

Happy Father’s Day to All!

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