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Molly’s Momma 5.0 out of 5 stars 

ONE OF THE BEST STORIES I’VE EVER READ

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!

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.

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 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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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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And if it is not your world, not the world you want for your children and grandchildren, are you going to just sit back and ACCEPT THE SUBVERSION OF AMERICA? Because that is what it is happening.

What does subversion mean?

  1. to overthrow (something established or existing)
  2. to cause the downfall, ruin, or destruction of.
  3. to undermine the principles of; corrupt.

Make no mistake. America is being SUBVERTED by the senseless with a specific plan — not to make a unified America as they would have us believe, but to literally tear us apart.

Today, when I see all that has changed in such a short time in my beautiful America, I want to scream, “This is not my world!”

When I see her borders non-existent, and thousands and thousands of illegals entering, bringing murderous drugs and the deplorable human sex slave business with them, I am appalled. When I see my country’s thought processes and laws being destroyed, when I see the politicians in charge talking out of two sides of their mouths, when I hear no praise for those who love our country, but only a seeming disgust for America, I am, myself, disgusted. More than that, I am saddened to the point of tears when I see our ‘former’ freedom of speech trampled, our right to bear arms at risk, the lack of respect for life, the awful attempt to destroy the history of an intelligent America with the stupidity of ‘cancel-culture.’

I am sickened at this kind of ‘thinking.’ It’s as if the brains of our present leaders have disappeared. The very idea of critical race theory replacing genuine critical thinking in schools is more than brainless, it is unjust, and just one more attempt to ‘kill’ those American standards that have made us the greatest country in the world. Instead, children are taught to hate each rather than to get along with those who are different from them. I am sickened at the devilish plan of some leaders to make us believe we are all victims, and to ‘keep us in such fear’ that we seem to have lost our gumption completely, until American citizens are looking less like strong men and women, and more like wet noodles who couldn’t stand if they wanted to. Oh, don’t worry about your children’s individual educations, they seem to say, because WE, not you, know what’s best for them. Of course, if you want to worry whether your child–a child!–harbors a desire to be a girl when he was born a boy, or a boy, when he was born a girl–that’s an okay worry. Insanity!

I know that there are presently people who are working hard to stand up for America, her citizens, and her families. BUT so far, it seems that no matter what they do, they are over-powered by those concerned only with their own greed. Do the greedy not realize the miserable future they will be leaving to our American children and grandchildren?

America is at great risk. We are at great risk. Our children and grandchildren are at great risk. In fact, we are betraying those children!

If this is not your world. If this is not the world you want to live in, then We MUST take back our country before America, and every God-fearing American of today and tomorrow, is totally destroyed, and we can only WISH WE HAD DONE SO.

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Izzy Collier runs the Food Bank in a town called Faithful, on the banks of the Suwannee River. She is the least amicable of two daughters in a frustrating family; all, keeping secrets of betrayal. Her parents are at odds with both daughters, and with each other. Her sister, always  Izzy’s competition, is an unstable former beauty queen, the wife of a philanderer, and the mother of four. Now, their ninety-four year-old grandmother sees her dead husband’s ghost, accompanied by a strange little girl. At the same time, Izzy’s husband, a defense lawyer, is being forced by his boss to effect the acquittal of a teenager accused of the rape and murder of a child. When Izzy starts to see her deceased grandfather and the little girl, too, she questions her sanity. What if the little girl ghost is the murdered child? But then, why would she be with Izzy’s grandfather?  Are the ghosts after revenge, justice, or something greater?

Prologue

The River and Carroll O’Murphy

When I was dying, my wife kissed my forehead as the moonlight dwindled. There were tears in her eyes, and I knew the tears were for both of us when she said to me, “Carroll O’Murphy, I will never forgive you.” And I said to her, “Well, I will never rest in peace until you do.”

And so regrets flash before my eyes, just as I’d heard they would.  Through a window, the days of my life wash over me like the river coursing beyond the pane. The minutes, the days, the years, whisper to me in a breeze that rises and falls, rippling like the wings of an angel, or the soiled pages of a baby’s book, turned by its mother’s trembling hand.

As a young man, the river and I, its faithful rider, traveled as one. Always, it was a persona greater than I, a much older, yet stern friend who called me to task, for our way south was a hard one, a way of mystery, and sometimes heartlessness.

From the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia, across the Florida panhandle with its auburn knees of prehistoric cypress, the river and I fingered like mist through the wild woods until we grew darker and darker. Below multi-colored canopies, we skirted the trunks of Live Oaks, their blackened roots rising like fences to stop us. We did not stop. We pushed forward until an escaping ray of  light  fell upon us and swirled in lemon-colored shapes like the billowing dress of a little girl dancing; a promise that we would find our destination.

The river and I knew what we wanted. Other fickle rivers and riders surged into us, troubled us, and attempted to shift us from our course. We swallowed them. We reached the steadfastness of the Gulf. There, the river rushed ahead, changing itself from drab to crystal green, cobalt, and purple. And I remained behind to live my own destiny.

This was during the Great Depression of the 1930’s, when the few who settled here weren’t able to find a dime. Except the river had given me confidence, taught me courage, and enough cunning to conquer any dam that blocked my way.

So, I created a town and called it, Faithful, for the river’s loyalty. I discovered more riches than I could spend in a lifetime. And yet, I lost a lifetime of love.

The death of one’s child by his own hand will pulverize a man who has no angels to hold him.

Quo Vadis America???

Posted: April 24, 2021 in World On The Edge

WHERE ARE WE GOING, AMERICA?

WHERE IS LOVE OF GOD? LOVE OF NEIGHBOR/ LOVE OF COUNTRY?

WARNING!!!

WE ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING OUR DEMOCRACY.

A SOCIALIST STATE IS WHERE WE ARE HEADED!

OH YES! WE ARE IN A REVOLUTION.

A REVOLUTION TOWARD SOCIALISM AND COMMUNISM!

OUR PURPOSE in fighting the American Revolution was in order to govern ourselves and get rid of British rule. With courage, and by the grace of God, that came to pass. But today, we are in the midst of another revolution, run by the Democrat Party in conjunction with the Communist-led Black Lives Matter organization, a threatening social media, a less than honest news media, big business extortion, and the Socialistic ideas of many in Congress . I ask you: What is THEIR PURPOSE? Of course, you already know what it is: to drastically change America with their own loathsome Un-American revolution.

So, here is their revolution as we see it today. Violence for the sake of violence. The destruction of everything in the past, no matter how dearly fought for or holy it may be to those who love America. The destruction of our children by keeping them out of schools, by forcing critical race theory down their throats, by watering down and confusing them with the difference between girls and boys, men and women. The casual destruction of the unborn. The destruction of our police by intimidation. The destruction of our right to bear arms in order to make us defenseless in our own communities. The destruction of our Freedom of Speech. The destruction of our Religious Freedom. The destruction of our very borders! Ninety percent of drugs come through our Southwest border, killing many Americans, and yet the Democrats in control will not stop it. Precious children are carried across the border by the drug cartels that abuse them. Dangerous gang members are let loose to carry murderous violence throughout America.

But all of that seems to suit the Democrats and their cronies.

One wonders about the IQ of those in this administration. Can they not see the drastic results of their actions? Or do they simply not care that their mindset of greed and power is not only cancelling the rule of law in America, but America herself.

America was founded on two principles. (1) the dignity of Man, and (2) that all rights and liberties come to us from God, our Creator, and cannot be taken away. They do not come from the will of the majority; if so, they could be taken away. The intent of our founders is based on the self evidence that the Creator has endowed each of us with certain unalienable rights. Today, we are experiencing the opposite of what was intended. We are experiencing a way of terror and violence by an administration set on destroying the America we know. Why? I’m sure you can answer that question in one word: POWER. The hunger for power by the Democrat Party.

“The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me.”― George Orwell, 1984

We are going through an crucial crisis today, far from our former purpose for America. This is truly a REVOLUTION FOR POWER. America will either survive, or she will not. It’s up to us. We have to choose.

The new violence that is sweeping our nation and culture today has been created by the leaders of a greedy, power-hungry elite. Using a dominant minority, always within the context of an erroneous label of systemic racism, the Democrats make a lot of noise and use violence and terror to force their will on others. But they are without a program to benefit America. They allow the destruction and looting of American businesses and homes, then hypocritically shift the blame for their own terrorism to the police. They will do anything to enforce their will, not the will of the people– and they, not the American people, are the ones who are profiting from their arrogant policies. America herself is being subjugated by elitist snobs.

These political elitists do not even consider God. They insist that their will, and only their will, be done. And their will is to demolish order, law, ethics, and religion, until our civilization is in decay. Can we get out of it?

NOT UNLESS WE SPEAK UP. Not unless we challenge their intimidating words and actions as being false. Not unless we have the moral and spiritual courage to stand by our beliefs and fight for our country as American patriots have always done.

Catholic Archbishop Fulton Sheen in the 1960s compared the Patriotic Revolution of America’s founding to the revolution of his day. It’s nearly prophetic, listening to him talk about the violence in the streets, protestors wanting to destroy America’s past, and calling for the downfall of America’s institutions and police.

Listen and learn what happens when known EVIL is propagandized as ‘GOOD.’

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Because we are created as human beings with free will who live a world of infinite possibilities, people often disagree when addressing important moral and ethical issues. For some questions, there just doesn’t seem to be a right or wrong answer. And in some situations, there seems to be several right answers.

Life isn’t black and white. It’s a million gray areas, don’t you find?–Ridley Scott

So whatabout the grey areas in our lives?

Well, I’m a writer, so the grey areas are a favorite theme of mine, but those themes are always set against an absolute truth. Years ago, when I was an Art major at Spring Hill College,I considered the shadowing color Grey–not only as it appears in Art, but in life. Now, as a writer, I see it thisway: In my characters–and in life itself– there are always two extreme actions: Absolute Good, which comes from God…

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AFRAID TO SAY “YES?”

Posted: March 25, 2021 in World On The Edge

THE SOLEMNITY OF THE ANNUCIATION OF THE LORD

The Magnificat

My soul magnifies the Lord
And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior;
Because He has regarded the lowliness of His handmaid;
For behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed;
Because He who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is His name;
And His mercy is from generation to generation
on those who fear Him.
He has shown might with His arm,
He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.
He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
and has exalted the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich He has sent away empty.
He has given help to Israel, his servant, mindful of His mercy
Even as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his posterity forever.

The Magnificat, taken from Luke’s Gospel (1:46-55), is the Blessed Virgin Mary’s hymn of praise to the Lord. The words are a proclamation of the Lord’s greatness with characteristic humility and grace. It is also known as the Canticle of Mary in the Liturgy of the Hours, a special collection of scripture readings, psalms, and hymns that constitute what is known as the prayer of the church. (Priests and other religious are required to pray sections from the Liturgy of the Hours each day.)

Although the Magnificat has had numerous musical settings from such composers as Palestrina, Bach and Mozart, it can be recited as well as sung. Its name comes from the first line of its text in Latin (“Magnificat anima mea Dominum”) translated in the first line of the prayer.

For a moment, put yourself in her position. When Mary was asked to be that vessel by a messenger from God, what would she have thought–“Am I going crazy? Do I really see an angel? Am I dreaming?” She was engaged to be married. How would Joseph react if she turned up pregnant? He had the right to have her stoned. But there was something in her, a grace given by God that allowed her to trust that the angel was His messenger. She didn’t ask for proof that she would become the mother of the Redeemer. Her only question was, “How?” Because she believed in God, and most importantly, she believed that He loved her, and she allowed Him to do so. She made the decision to surrender her life to Him.

DO WE ALLOW GOD TO LOVE US?

Surrender is the opening move for each one of us, but for most of us, it’s hard. No matter what our personality is, we each have an instilled desire to control our own life. Why is that? Why do we feel we have to be in complete charge of every aspect of our lives? Why are we so afraid to give up control and surrender ourselves and our problems totally to the will of God?

It may be that we don’t believe, as Mary did, that He loves us—-really and personally loves each one of us. And if we don’t first believe that He’s madly in love with us, then there’s no way we’ll surrender or trust Him.Stop a minute and think about it. The person I trust most in the world is the person who loves me, who wants only the best for me, and would lay down his life for me if he had to. If I believe that Almighty God loves me—-and he does–then why shouldn’t I trust Him enough to surrender my fears and worries, all my heart breaks, my illnesses, my lack of self confidence–in fact, everything that bothers or upsets me?

When we give up control of our life in favor of God’s plan–done His way, not ours–then we enter onto that road called Trust. And what does Trust in God prove? It proves His faithfulness. I can certainly say that I’ve seen His faithfulness in my own life. And if you look upon your circumstances, whatever they are, with spiritual eyes, I’m sure you can see it, too. Mary saw it and it caused her to make a decision. It caused her to say: “I am the handmaid of the Lord. Let it be done to me according to thy will.”