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From: NWU, Boston Chapter <[email protected]>
Date: Fri, Jan 18, 2019, at 3:01 PM
Subject: January Update 2019
From: [email protected]>


National Writers Union - Boston Chapter
January Update 2019

 Writers Night Out, Monday, January 21 (MLK Day)    
Our Fabulous Annual Book Party, Sunday, January 27
Our Book Party Needs You
The Beginning of America, <strong>Monday, February 4</strong>

WRITERS' DAY CAMP RESCHEDULED to Saturday, February 16
What Our Boston Chapter Accomplished in 2018
What Books Shaped Your Life?
Upcoming Events

KUDOS
Publicize Your Events and Services Here and On Our Website
The NWU-BOS Listserv Is Here For You
 
WRITERS NIGHT OUT
MONDAY, JANUARY 21
6:00-8:00 P.M.
CHRISTOPHER'S, CAMBRIDGE

At last month's Writers Night Out
Hello to Boston Chapter NWU Members and Friends:

There are many events this coming Monday--community breakfasts and lunches, lectures and panels and the like--to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
We encourage you to attend one or to acknowledge his contribution in your own personal way...read his timeless "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" or watch a clip of his "I Have a Dream" speech with family and friends.

And in the evening, head over to Christopher's to join NWU colleagues and friends for our monthly chat and chew. Now more than ever is a good time to celebrate community and enjoy some intelligent conversation...

Christopher's is at 1920 Massachusetts Avenue, across the street from the Porter Square subway stop. There's metered parking on Mass Ave. and permit-only parking on side streets. (Don't park in the Porter Square Shopping Center lot; they tow.)

Hope to see you there!

Your Boston Chapter Steering Committee

Questions? Click here.


OUR FABULOUS ANNUAL BOOK PARTY
SUNDAY, JANUARY 27, 2019
2:00 TO 5:00 P.M.
THE DANCE COMPLEX
536 MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE, CAMBRIDGE


Keynote Speaker "Miss Manners" Robin Abrahams
Our annual Book Party, where we celebrate members who have had a book published in the previous year, happens Sunday, January 27th, at the Dance Complex
in Cambridge's Central Square. It's easy to reach by MBTA and parking is free on Sundays.

The day will feature short readings from our recently published authors and a keynote talk by Robin Abrahams, The Boston Globe's "Miss Conduct" columnist. Robin, who has a B.A. in theater and a Ph.D. in psychology, has experience as a stand-up comedian as well as a business writer, a teacher of psychology, and the author of Miss Conduct's Mind Over Manners. She has been writing the column since 2005.

Suggested donation is $10. Pizza and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided.


 Readers at Our 2018 Book Party


volunteer OUR BOOK PARTY NEEDS YOU

Would you like to be a SPONSOR? A donation of $25 to $100 will help us defray the costs of the book party and our Boston chapter's work. 

Or would you like to VOLUNTEER to help us set up, tear down, staff the registration desk, sell raffle tickets, or otherwise contribute to making the party run smoothly?

If you want to help us in either or both of these ways, contact Barbara Mende at  [email protected] Thank you in advance!

 
"THE BEGINNING OF AMERICA"
PORTER SQUARE BOOKS
FEBRUARY 4, 2019

Our Boston chapter will be the curator of a reading and discussion of The Beginning of America: Personal Narratives About Being Mixed Race in the 21st Century, edited by Cathy J. Schlund-Vials and Tara Betts, at Porter Square Books on February 4, 2019, from 7 to 9 pm. 

Four contributors to this "race matters" anthology will share their personal accounts of being mixed race people in the United States: Nadine Knight, Abra Mims, Via Perkins, and series editor Sean Frederick Forbes. Nadine Knight Director of Africana Studies at Holy Cross College in Worcester. Abra Mims blogs on mothering and race, and is writing a memoir. Via Perkins is a Boston area journalist. Sean Frederick Forbes is series editor of the 2Leaf Press Explorations in Diversity series and director of the creative writing program at the University of Connecticut. For a review of the anthology, click here. 

The collection of personal narratives by 39 poets, writers, teachers, professors, artists, and activists articulates the complexities of interracial life. This absorbing and thought-provoking collection of stories explores racial identity, alienation, with people often forced to choose between races and cultures in their search for self-identity. While underscoring the complexity of the mixed-race experience, they offer a genuine, poignant, enlightening and empowering message to all readers.  

 
RESCHEDULED!
WRITERS' DAY CAMP
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2019
10 A.M. to 4 P.M.
BROOKLINE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
40 WEBSTER PLACE, BROOKLINE

This is Charles Coe, inviting you to join me for our next WRITERS' DAY CAMP, a writing workshop happening Saturday, February 16th from 10 to 3 at the Brookline Community Foundation, 40 Webster Place, Brookline (Brookline Village). PLEASE NOTE THAT THE DATE HAS BEEN CHANGED.

The day will include writing prompts and exercises, discussion of each others' work and coaching on how to read before a group...a day of "serious fun." If you're looking to jump start your writing, please join us. 

"We left charged up and inspired and ready to hit the keyboard."-- NWU Boston co-chair Barbara Beckwith, describing our recent WRITERS' DAY CAMP.

The workshop is in Brookline Village, two short blocks from the Brookline Village T stop, with ample on-street metered parking. 

The event is a fundraiser for the Boston Chapter of the National Writers Union, of which I'm co-chair. The fee is $100 (sliding scale available). VEGETARIAN LUNCH PROVIDED. To register, or for more information: [email protected]

ABOUT ME
I'm the author of two books of poetry and one novel. Memento Mori my next volume of poetry, will be published in April of 2019. I've taught at numerous writing conferences and served as poet-in-residence at Wheaton College and the Chautauqua Institution in Western New York. I've taught in Dingle, Ireland, for the Bay Path University MFA-Abroad Program and am on the faculty of Newport's Salve Regina University, teaching poetry in their new low-residency MFA Program.
  

WHAT BOOKS SHAPED YOUR LIFE?
We've had a great response to our request for the titles of books that have shaped your life, writing or otherwise. We're hoping to hear from even more of you. If you're so inspired, please email your thoughts on up to four books to [email protected]

FROM CHARLES COE:

I stumbled across Pearl Buck's The Good Earth as a grade school library rat. It's the book that sparked my early interest in becoming a writer, one that's become deeper and more meaningful over the years with every re-reading. 

FROM MICHAEL KORAN:

I am still moved by the story of Abraham in Genesis. I wrestle with my own inner voice and God by exploring the voice and God that guided Abraham.
 
James Joyce: Ulysses and Finnegan's Wake guide me.  Ulysses helps me enjoy my stream of consciousness. The Wake inspires plowing with weirds. 
 
Whitman, Dickinson, and Frost continually move me to co-create life and death artfully.
 
Dostoevsky and Marquez reveal the magic infusing my life.


WHAT OUR BOSTON CHAPTER ACCOMPLISHED IN 2018
by Co-Chair Barbara Beckwith

As both the publishing and political worlds faced turmoil in 2018, our Boston Chapter kept on keeping on!

We (unlike our government) know how to communicate. We keep in touch with both close-by and far-flung members who live throughout New England, via our monthly e-newsletter (thanks to Update editor Barbara Mende and copyeditor Susan Schopp). We also know how important it is to get together in person, which we do on the third Monday of every month at our Writers Night Out social/networking gatherings in Cambridge.

We welcomed fresh perspectives from Willie Wideman-Pleasants, who joined our nine-member Steering Committee this year, and from Roger Leisner, a new delegate at the three-day NWU national Delegate Assembly where representatives of all 12 chapters met to set the union's agenda.

We co-sponsored, with indie Porter Square Books, a lively conversation between authors Randy Susan Meyers and Meta Wagner. Our co-sponsored series continues in 2019, featuring the editor of and contributors to The Beginning of America: Personal Narratives About Being Mixed Race in the 21st Century. After our 2017 Black Lives Have Always Mattered reading, Willie Pleasants interviewed the contributors on her Boston Neighborhood Network cable TV show, Willie's Web.

We shared the value of the NWU's nuts-and-bolts free-to-members contract advice and grievance support, with the value of having a dedicated writing space, at The Writers Room of Boston's Open House (thanks to Mary Bonina) featuring our chapter.

We showcased our members' accomplishments via kudos, www.nwuboston.org, Facebook, and our annual book party. And added our voice to the Massachusetts Artists Leadership Coalition, thanks to John Hodge and Charles Coe.

We offered a four-hour Writers' Day Camp workshop for poets and non-fiction writers, co-sponsored and led by Charles Coe, who will offer a second, five-hour workshop in 2019.

We accomplished this all, despite publishing and political turmoil, because we know our words matter: "I'm a firm believer that language and how we use language determines how we act, and how we act then determines our lives and other people's lives" - Ntozake Shange

upcoming
  
Literary Events in the Boston Area

National Writers Union, Boston Chapter, World-Famous Annual Book Party - Sunday, January 27, 2019

The Beginning of America, Co-Sponsored by NWU Boston and Porter Square Books - Monday, February 4, 2019

Writers' Day Camp - Saturday, February 16, 2019 (RESCHEDULED)

kudos

Please send any news of a publication, award, or writing-related appearance that has already happened, to your editor, Barbara Mende. (A piece on your own blog or website doesn't qualify.) Send 50 words or less, plus your name and a link to the publication, event, or website where readers can find more info about you or the happening. Don't send notices of work that will be published in the future. Do send news of future events, but see the "Upcoming Events" block for that.
 
PUBLICIZE YOUR EVENTS AND SERVICES HERE AND ON OUR WEBSITE

Are you speaking or reading from your work in the near future? Do you want to publicize an event that writers would be interested in? Can you provide a service, such as editing or indexing or publicity, for your fellow union members?

Our Boston Chapter website, which you can reach at 
nwu.org/chapters/boston/ or www.nwuboston.org, is here for you to use. Not only that but if you send us an announcement of a specific event by the second Monday of each month, we'll try to include it in these updates.

Please send us news of any upcoming events that you'd like us to publicize, along with links to the venue or PDF posters if you have them. If you'd like to promote your services, plug your latest book, tell us about something writing-related that happened to you, or post anything else you can think of, we'll try to give it a place on the website. And we'd love to hear from you if you'd like to contribute to these updates.

Send all your news to your webmaster.
 

THE NWU-BOS LISTSERV IS HERE FOR YOU
 
Here's another way you can communicate with your fellow members - and not only about writing. All NWU-Boston members are invited to sign up for the NWU-BOS online discussion list. Send a blank email to [email protected], and you'll quickly get a notice that you're in. Then send any message you like (within the usual bounds of netiquette) to [email protected]

Use the list to publicize your achievements or announce an event. Use it to look for editors or illustrators or babysitters or accountants or Patriots tickets. Use it to advertise a room for rent or a concert you're in. You can even attach pictures or links or PDFs. It's one way we writers can help each other.

The more people who join, the more useful it will be. It won't be high volume, and you can unsubscribe easily. Try it!

Questions? Email your webmaster.
 
Co-Chairs: Barbara Beckwith and Charles Coe
Editor and Webmaster: Barbara Mende
    
National Writers Union, Boston Chapter, 8A Appleton Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Boston Events

From: NWU, Boston Chapter <[email protected]>
Date: Fri, Jan 18, 2019, at 3:01 PM
Subject: January Update 2019
From: [email protected]>


National Writers Union - Boston Chapter
January Update 2019

 Writers Night Out, Monday, January 21 (MLK Day)    
Our Fabulous Annual Book Party, Sunday, January 27
Our Book Party Needs You
The Beginning of America, <strong>Monday, February 4</strong>

WRITERS' DAY CAMP RESCHEDULED to Saturday, February 16
What Our Boston Chapter Accomplished in 2018
What Books Shaped Your Life?
Upcoming Events

KUDOS
Publicize Your Events and Services Here and On Our Website
The NWU-BOS Listserv Is Here For You
 
WRITERS NIGHT OUT
MONDAY, JANUARY 21
6:00-8:00 P.M.
CHRISTOPHER'S, CAMBRIDGE

At last month's Writers Night Out
Hello to Boston Chapter NWU Members and Friends:

There are many events this coming Monday--community breakfasts and lunches, lectures and panels and the like--to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
We encourage you to attend one or to acknowledge his contribution in your own personal way...read his timeless "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" or watch a clip of his "I Have a Dream" speech with family and friends.

And in the evening, head over to Christopher's to join NWU colleagues and friends for our monthly chat and chew. Now more than ever is a good time to celebrate community and enjoy some intelligent conversation...

Christopher's is at 1920 Massachusetts Avenue, across the street from the Porter Square subway stop. There's metered parking on Mass Ave. and permit-only parking on side streets. (Don't park in the Porter Square Shopping Center lot; they tow.)

Hope to see you there!

Your Boston Chapter Steering Committee

Questions? Click here.


OUR FABULOUS ANNUAL BOOK PARTY
SUNDAY, JANUARY 27, 2019
2:00 TO 5:00 P.M.
THE DANCE COMPLEX
536 MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE, CAMBRIDGE


Keynote Speaker "Miss Manners" Robin Abrahams
Our annual Book Party, where we celebrate members who have had a book published in the previous year, happens Sunday, January 27th, at the Dance Complex
in Cambridge's Central Square. It's easy to reach by MBTA and parking is free on Sundays.

The day will feature short readings from our recently published authors and a keynote talk by Robin Abrahams, The Boston Globe's "Miss Conduct" columnist. Robin, who has a B.A. in theater and a Ph.D. in psychology, has experience as a stand-up comedian as well as a business writer, a teacher of psychology, and the author of Miss Conduct's Mind Over Manners. She has been writing the column since 2005.

Suggested donation is $10. Pizza and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided.


 Readers at Our 2018 Book Party


volunteer OUR BOOK PARTY NEEDS YOU

Would you like to be a SPONSOR? A donation of $25 to $100 will help us defray the costs of the book party and our Boston chapter's work. 

Or would you like to VOLUNTEER to help us set up, tear down, staff the registration desk, sell raffle tickets, or otherwise contribute to making the party run smoothly?

If you want to help us in either or both of these ways, contact Barbara Mende at  [email protected] Thank you in advance!

 
"THE BEGINNING OF AMERICA"
PORTER SQUARE BOOKS
FEBRUARY 4, 2019

Our Boston chapter will be the curator of a reading and discussion of The Beginning of America: Personal Narratives About Being Mixed Race in the 21st Century, edited by Cathy J. Schlund-Vials and Tara Betts, at Porter Square Books on February 4, 2019, from 7 to 9 pm. 

Four contributors to this "race matters" anthology will share their personal accounts of being mixed race people in the United States: Nadine Knight, Abra Mims, Via Perkins, and series editor Sean Frederick Forbes. Nadine Knight Director of Africana Studies at Holy Cross College in Worcester. Abra Mims blogs on mothering and race, and is writing a memoir. Via Perkins is a Boston area journalist. Sean Frederick Forbes is series editor of the 2Leaf Press Explorations in Diversity series and director of the creative writing program at the University of Connecticut. For a review of the anthology, click here. 

The collection of personal narratives by 39 poets, writers, teachers, professors, artists, and activists articulates the complexities of interracial life. This absorbing and thought-provoking collection of stories explores racial identity, alienation, with people often forced to choose between races and cultures in their search for self-identity. While underscoring the complexity of the mixed-race experience, they offer a genuine, poignant, enlightening and empowering message to all readers.  

 
RESCHEDULED!
WRITERS' DAY CAMP
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2019
10 A.M. to 4 P.M.
BROOKLINE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
40 WEBSTER PLACE, BROOKLINE

This is Charles Coe, inviting you to join me for our next WRITERS' DAY CAMP, a writing workshop happening Saturday, February 16th from 10 to 3 at the Brookline Community Foundation, 40 Webster Place, Brookline (Brookline Village). PLEASE NOTE THAT THE DATE HAS BEEN CHANGED.

The day will include writing prompts and exercises, discussion of each others' work and coaching on how to read before a group...a day of "serious fun." If you're looking to jump start your writing, please join us. 

"We left charged up and inspired and ready to hit the keyboard."-- NWU Boston co-chair Barbara Beckwith, describing our recent WRITERS' DAY CAMP.

The workshop is in Brookline Village, two short blocks from the Brookline Village T stop, with ample on-street metered parking. 

The event is a fundraiser for the Boston Chapter of the National Writers Union, of which I'm co-chair. The fee is $100 (sliding scale available). VEGETARIAN LUNCH PROVIDED. To register, or for more information: [email protected]

ABOUT ME
I'm the author of two books of poetry and one novel. Memento Mori my next volume of poetry, will be published in April of 2019. I've taught at numerous writing conferences and served as poet-in-residence at Wheaton College and the Chautauqua Institution in Western New York. I've taught in Dingle, Ireland, for the Bay Path University MFA-Abroad Program and am on the faculty of Newport's Salve Regina University, teaching poetry in their new low-residency MFA Program.
  

WHAT BOOKS SHAPED YOUR LIFE?
We've had a great response to our request for the titles of books that have shaped your life, writing or otherwise. We're hoping to hear from even more of you. If you're so inspired, please email your thoughts on up to four books to [email protected]

FROM CHARLES COE:

I stumbled across Pearl Buck's The Good Earth as a grade school library rat. It's the book that sparked my early interest in becoming a writer, one that's become deeper and more meaningful over the years with every re-reading. 

FROM MICHAEL KORAN:

I am still moved by the story of Abraham in Genesis. I wrestle with my own inner voice and God by exploring the voice and God that guided Abraham.
 
James Joyce: Ulysses and Finnegan's Wake guide me.  Ulysses helps me enjoy my stream of consciousness. The Wake inspires plowing with weirds. 
 
Whitman, Dickinson, and Frost continually move me to co-create life and death artfully.
 
Dostoevsky and Marquez reveal the magic infusing my life.


WHAT OUR BOSTON CHAPTER ACCOMPLISHED IN 2018
by Co-Chair Barbara Beckwith

As both the publishing and political worlds faced turmoil in 2018, our Boston Chapter kept on keeping on!

We (unlike our government) know how to communicate. We keep in touch with both close-by and far-flung members who live throughout New England, via our monthly e-newsletter (thanks to Update editor Barbara Mende and copyeditor Susan Schopp). We also know how important it is to get together in person, which we do on the third Monday of every month at our Writers Night Out social/networking gatherings in Cambridge.

We welcomed fresh perspectives from Willie Wideman-Pleasants, who joined our nine-member Steering Committee this year, and from Roger Leisner, a new delegate at the three-day NWU national Delegate Assembly where representatives of all 12 chapters met to set the union's agenda.

We co-sponsored, with indie Porter Square Books, a lively conversation between authors Randy Susan Meyers and Meta Wagner. Our co-sponsored series continues in 2019, featuring the editor of and contributors to The Beginning of America: Personal Narratives About Being Mixed Race in the 21st Century. After our 2017 Black Lives Have Always Mattered reading, Willie Pleasants interviewed the contributors on her Boston Neighborhood Network cable TV show, Willie's Web.

We shared the value of the NWU's nuts-and-bolts free-to-members contract advice and grievance support, with the value of having a dedicated writing space, at The Writers Room of Boston's Open House (thanks to Mary Bonina) featuring our chapter.

We showcased our members' accomplishments via kudos, www.nwuboston.org, Facebook, and our annual book party. And added our voice to the Massachusetts Artists Leadership Coalition, thanks to John Hodge and Charles Coe.

We offered a four-hour Writers' Day Camp workshop for poets and non-fiction writers, co-sponsored and led by Charles Coe, who will offer a second, five-hour workshop in 2019.

We accomplished this all, despite publishing and political turmoil, because we know our words matter: "I'm a firm believer that language and how we use language determines how we act, and how we act then determines our lives and other people's lives" - Ntozake Shange

upcoming
  
Literary Events in the Boston Area

National Writers Union, Boston Chapter, World-Famous Annual Book Party - Sunday, January 27, 2019

The Beginning of America, Co-Sponsored by NWU Boston and Porter Square Books - Monday, February 4, 2019

Writers' Day Camp - Saturday, February 16, 2019 (RESCHEDULED)

kudos

Please send any news of a publication, award, or writing-related appearance that has already happened, to your editor, Barbara Mende. (A piece on your own blog or website doesn't qualify.) Send 50 words or less, plus your name and a link to the publication, event, or website where readers can find more info about you or the happening. Don't send notices of work that will be published in the future. Do send news of future events, but see the "Upcoming Events" block for that.
 
PUBLICIZE YOUR EVENTS AND SERVICES HERE AND ON OUR WEBSITE

Are you speaking or reading from your work in the near future? Do you want to publicize an event that writers would be interested in? Can you provide a service, such as editing or indexing or publicity, for your fellow union members?

Our Boston Chapter website, which you can reach at 
nwu.org/chapters/boston/ or www.nwuboston.org, is here for you to use. Not only that but if you send us an announcement of a specific event by the second Monday of each month, we'll try to include it in these updates.

Please send us news of any upcoming events that you'd like us to publicize, along with links to the venue or PDF posters if you have them. If you'd like to promote your services, plug your latest book, tell us about something writing-related that happened to you, or post anything else you can think of, we'll try to give it a place on the website. And we'd love to hear from you if you'd like to contribute to these updates.

Send all your news to your webmaster.
 

THE NWU-BOS LISTSERV IS HERE FOR YOU
 
Here's another way you can communicate with your fellow members - and not only about writing. All NWU-Boston members are invited to sign up for the NWU-BOS online discussion list. Send a blank email to [email protected], and you'll quickly get a notice that you're in. Then send any message you like (within the usual bounds of netiquette) to [email protected]

Use the list to publicize your achievements or announce an event. Use it to look for editors or illustrators or babysitters or accountants or Patriots tickets. Use it to advertise a room for rent or a concert you're in. You can even attach pictures or links or PDFs. It's one way we writers can help each other.

The more people who join, the more useful it will be. It won't be high volume, and you can unsubscribe easily. Try it!

Questions? Email your webmaster.
 
Co-Chairs: Barbara Beckwith and Charles Coe
Editor and Webmaster: Barbara Mende
    
National Writers Union, Boston Chapter, 8A Appleton Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Blow Dust off Your Manuscript and Get Published

LET OTHERS KNOW ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP..

 

Short Stories and Poems Workshop

In the beginning, you have an idea—that needs to be expressed.  It nags at you.  You're obsessed with it.  It just has to be written down. Then what?

Take the Challenge …… The Friends of the Uphams Corner Library is challenging YOU to come to join our four-week writing group.  We will help you write that great short story or poem.  All participant will be eligible to have their work included in The Friends of the Uphams Corner Library Anthology.   The book will be published in 2019.

You must register.  The deadline is March 2, 2019.  Space is limited!

 $30 donation holds your space. All proceed will go toward publishing the book. 

You can sign up for any one of 2 locations:

Friday, March 8, 15, 22, 29.  At the Boston Home, 2049 Washington Street Dorchester.  (handicap accessibility)

Saturday 9,16,23,30.   At the Uphams Corner Library, 500 Columbia Road, Dorchester, MA.  02125

Times at both location: 10 am to Noon

Email at [email protected],  [email protected]  or

 call 617-265-0139 for more information.

Mail a check or money order payable to The Friends of the Uphams Corner Library.  500 Columbia Road, Dorchester, MA 02125  

***Please include a note with your name, address, phone number, email, and your preferred location.Sponsored by Friends of Uphams Corner Library and Authors Without Borders 

Didn't you Know?

man sitting near brown table with a clear disposable cup holding a brown drink

Photo by Diego Indriago on Pexels.com

 

Didn’t you know the signs or did you ignore them? Did you put love over reality facing you?

You put your dreams of a happy marriage with children, a home, and having a wonderful husband in front of deciding with your heart and not your mind that it felt wrong.

Didn’t you know that it was not normal with his drinking? What did you have in common besides being happy when you were with him? Didn’t you notice you let go of your friends and became isolated?

Walking down the aisle to marry was not as thrilling and exciting as you expected. The smile on his face and glow in his eyes were not there. But, you were married.

The years made you an enabler making your two daughters live in confusion, fear, and abuse. Allowing his actions brought him deeper into his addiction. Fourteen years too late, leaving scares on everyone, you divorced. You kept the blinders on for too long.

After losing your husband and one daughter from their alcohol and drug addiction, you became an author and motivational speaker about substance abuse. It was not something in your plans being younger. 

You entered a dark world. The lights come on when you reach out to other addicts. Maybe, just maybe, my words will help people fighting the same disease giving them hope for recovery.

Didn’t you know when it’s too late for your loved ones? Now, I have the knowledge and education on this demon that I wished I had when I was younger. 

““““

Will my talks save others? Will it open eyes for families to act on the disease instead of ignoring the signs? Do we wait too long that our lives and marriages can’t be put together again? Do we hold on so many years that our children continue down the same path?

How and when do we stop this merry-go-round? Education right from grammar school to the highest level of classrooms. Children are never too young or ignorant on this topic. They probably know more than us. 

Don’t be blind or deaf to the older generation or people, who have lived through the pain of watching a loved one die from alcohol and drugs, trying to help you. Don’t think it won’t happen to you. Stop the generation of families, year after year, watching a family member out of contol and doing nothing about this problem. 

Marijuana is another path with addiction. It’s just beginning.

Alberta Sequeira

Author and Speaker
[email protected]

Whew, One Holiday Down

wPoster 6

Congratulations on the ones who made it through Thanksgiving staying sober. Hats off to you. For those who didn’t, get back on your feet and get ready to face the Christmas holidays. This is a time of constant drinking before, during, and after Christmas. Maybe they call it “the happy time.” 

Drinkers love excuses to drink or “fall off the wagon” as they say. This is one of those holidays. I wish I could find the right word to go into your brain and stay there to help you AVOID the crowd using.

My famous word is and will stay with “CHOICES.” The word says it all. If you’re “serious” with stopping, only you can make and stick with that choice. Start now with plans on how to avoid the people and places that make you give into using again. 

Call that sober friend who wants to go to a movie that day, buy an airline ticket to go golfing in a state with warm weather (the money may be worth it), volunteer at an organization, serve Christmas dinner to the poor, homeless, or victims of the disaster areas. Go to hospitals and see where you can be used to help.  Donate and give toys out to children. Give, give, give. There are many blessing in giving. 

Always remember, although it’s hard, there are people worse off than you. You can make choices. What about the one who had been in a car accident and will never walk again? What about the one who just heard that they have cancer with a few months or years left? These people can’t do a thing to make a choice with change. You can.

And last of all, and most importantly, go to your place of worship. Bring God into your lives and you bring Him into someone else ’s. Invite a homeless person to share your home-cooked meal with you and a few friends from AA. What you do for others lost and suffering, you do for God.

Before I close my eyes at night, I never miss praying for the substance abusers and their families. Don’t feel lost and alone, I’ll bring God to you.

Alberta Sequeira
[email protected]

 

 

Need a Man's Stocking Stuffer for Christmas or Anytime?

by  

christmas-bulbs

By [email protected]

Christmas is a great day to give back to your dad. Here are 12 books to give any man in your life, brother, son, uncle or anyone special for any occasion. Buy Early!
___________________________________________________
#1 Wild at Heart by John Eldredge

#1

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and have provided counseling for hundreds of fathers. Most of the men I have counseled don’t particularly like to read but I can name a handful of men, fathers, that couldn’t put this book down. The book has a lot of references, stories, analogies, and metaphors from nature and the outdoors.

This book addresses deep issues of men to help them recover their masculine heart. The book addresses wounds that have been caused by our own father and brings healing to those areas so that we can be the father and positive male model to our children. It moves men from passivity into reclaiming passion and taking action to serve, love, and protect the ones we love. The book gets at the heart of the matter and inspires change.

It is particularly aimed at Christian men so it would be a good book for Christian fathers.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Casey Lee from Rooted Hearts Counseling LLC
___________________________________________________________
#2 The Boy Crisis by Warren Farrell PhD

#2

As the founder of a non–profit organization dedicated to the healthy development of young men, *The Boy Crisis, *written by Drs. Warren Farrell and John Gray*,* serves as a valuable resource for our mentors to better understand the issues that teen boys are experiencing. And, as a parent educator who teaches parents how to raise happy and responsible teen sons, I use *The Boy Crisis* as the main textbook because its filled with solutions that help parents have much better relationships with their sons.

I strongly recommend this book to any parent, mentor, therapist or sports coach so that they have the facts and solutions they need to be more effective in loving, coaching and supporting young men.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Liz Dowling from Dowling & Dennis PR
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#3 Saving Washington by Chris Formant

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Acclaimed author Chris Formant tells the forgotten story of how a group of citizen soldiers from Maryland fought a heroic battle against elite British forces to preserve the Continental Army and save the life of General George Washington. In this epic adventure based on scholarly research, two young aspiring Baltimore merchants, one white and one black, march to Brooklyn as part of the Maryland militia. Under-trained and under-equipped, they would soon be on the front lines of one of the most decisive battles for American independence.

Formant immerses us in their dedication and their sacrifice as he weaves an epic tale, which includes actual historical figures. These all but forgotten men who hold back the British made it possible for Washington to evacuate hundreds of soldiers to Manhattan and create a new military strategy that turned the tide of the Revolutionary War.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Noelle Brown from Meryl Moss Media
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#4 RED Hotel by Ed Fuller and Gary Grossman

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The authors draw on their real-life international experience to weave a cinematic tale of high-stakes roulette, that takes readers on a heart-pounding adventure around the world. Dan Reilly, a former Army intelligence officer turned international hotel executive, is thrust into the role of detective after his hotel is bombed in Tokyo. As Reilly scrambles to install high-security measures at his company’s hotels, the clock winds down to a climatic event in Brussels that threatens NATO and the security of member nations.

RED HOTEL is a thriller that reflects today’s headlines and dares to take readers behind the front desk into the inner workings of the world’s most glamorous hotels.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Noelle Brown from Meryl Moss Media
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#5 Why a Daughter Needs a Dad by Gregory Lang

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This book is a fantastic little coffee table or bedside table book. It is filled with sweet sentiments about why a daughter needs a dad in her life, all of the things dad have the honor of teaching their daughters, and just how valuable that relationship is between a dad and his daughter. It is a sweet reminder of all the reasons (100 in total) men are so important in a daughter’s life.

One of the reasons listed is; A daughter needs a dad to help her take risks that will build her with confidence. My father was my hero and he embodied this book. He kept it on his nightstand up until he passed away. I would highly recommend!

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Susan Youngsteadt from Momma Suz
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#6 Bigger Than This by Fabian Geyrhalter

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In his latest book “*Bigger Than This: How To Turn Any Venture Into An Admired Brand*”, Fabian Geyrhalter challenges companies to discover their spark and connect with today’s consumers on a deeper level. Geyrhalter was inspired to write “Bigger Than This” after studying commodity brands that people go crazy for in today’s age of innovation. He was fascinated to realize that companies offering commodities — products that people don’t necessarily need more of in the marketplace, and that see no innovation in functionality or design — were flourishing. All of these companies had only two things in common that created their success: fantastic brand thinking and a truly authentic story to tell.

Geyrhalter felt there was a lot to learn from these brands, even for an established brand that may have lost its authenticity along the way. His book focuses on the traits he saw in these companies and how they can be re-infused into any brand that wants to connect more deeply with its audience.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Krista Loew from Orca Communications
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#7 The True Heart of a Man by Hanalei Vierra

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I wrote this book that gives adult men a 7-step “road map” to get out of an antiquated definition of masculinity that has brainwashed them to mistrust their emotional experiences and toward a healthier, more mature version of masculine identity that is needed in a 21st-century world.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Hanalei Vierra from Hanalei Vierra
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#8 A World War II Flight Surgeon’s Story by S. Carlisle May

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This book that I wrote is a true account of a Flight Surgeon’s experience working to keep pilots flying from Africa to Normandy to central Germany. The book is derived from personal interviews, letters home and pictures which include the historic meeting between Gens. Clark, Patton and Eisenhower and the visit from President Roosevelt. It also offers insight into medicine at that time.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Susan Carlisle May from Author Susan May
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#9 A Spiritual Renewal: A Journey to Medjugorje by Alberta Sequeira

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It might sound too spiritual and girly for men but this book is a heartfelt, moving memoir of the author’s father and her journey to find inner peace and renewal of life. It’s a story about her life with her father, Brigadier General, Albert L. Gramm. She shows how we can wait too long to learn about the lives of the men and women in the service after coming home from wars or life in general.

Brigadier, Albert L. Gramm, died on November 19, 1990, from cancer. It was then that Alberta realized while she stayed at his bedside during his illness that she never took the time to get to know this great man or his life fighting during WWII fighting in some of the famous battles; Metz, Lorraine, and The Battle of the Bulge. He had been one of the commanding officers of the 26th Yankee Division. He was about to take those achievements with him. Testimonies by other soldiers have included in the book with their experiences with war.

His devotion to saying the rosary every day while he faced his enemies during the war stayed with him on the return home. He had promised The Blessed Mother that if she got him home safely to his family, he would say the blessed prayer until his death.

It’s at this time, when Mr. Gramm struggled to say his rosary in his deathbed and losing concentration on it, that Alberta turns back to her faith. She learns the rosary and understand’s each decade is about the life of Mary and Jesus. She realized after fifteen years away from the Church that she not only needed God back in her life but wanted Him.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Purchase at: www.amazon.com/author/albertasequeira

Contributor: Alberta Sequeira Blog
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#10 The Complete Book of Pontiac GTO by Tom Glatch

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The book gives you a year-by-year, model-by-model exploration of the world’s first muscle car, all in full-color photography, most of which have never been published. At 176 pages, with 250 color photos, it’s the definitive coffee table book, on the definitive muscle car.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Steve Roth from The Quarto Group
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#11 Supercar Revolution: The Fastest Cars of All Time by John Lamm

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The book charts the evolution of the fastest, most-lusted after and influential sportscars of all-time. Featuring Porsches, Ferraris, McLarens, Corvettes, Lamborghini and more, these are cars that can go 150 mph and beyond. With profiles of the designers and engineers who developed these cars and truly gorgeous photography, fans of these cars will love this book.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Steve Roth from The Quarto Group
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#12 Hot Wheels: From 0 to 50 at 1:64 Scale by Kris Palmer

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This book shares the history of the die-cast vehicles that started out as a new twist on toy cars and became a worldwide phenomenon. Officially licensed with Mattel, this in-depth retrospective reveals what makes these cars unique, how the models are designed, and all the work that goes into the play to ensure Hot Wheels™ maintain their position as the greatest toy cars ever made. Features photos from the Mattel archives and comes in a replica Hot Wheels™ carrying case. You’d be hard-pressed to find a dad who didn’t love their Hot Wheels!

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Steve Roth from The Quarto Group

 

 

Need a Man's Stocking Stuffer for Christmas or Anytime?

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Christmas is a great day to give back to your dad. Here are 14 books to give any man in your life, brother, son, uncle or anyone special for any occasion.  Buy Early! 

#1 Wild at Heart by John Eldredge

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and have provided counseling for hundreds of fathers. Most of the men I have counseled don’t particularly like to read but I can name a handful of men, fathers, that couldn’t put this book down. The book has a lot of references, stories, analogies, and metaphors from nature and the outdoors.

This book addresses deep issues of men to help them recover their masculine heart. The book addresses wounds that have been caused by our own father and brings healing to those areas so that we can be the father and positive male model to our children. It moves men from passivity into reclaiming passion and taking action to serve, love, and protect the ones we love. The book gets at the heart of the matter and inspires change.

It is particularly aimed at Christian men so it would be a good book for Christian fathers.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Casey Lee from Rooted Hearts Counseling LLC

 

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#2 The Boy Crisis by Warren Farrell PhD

As the founder of a non–profit organization dedicated to the healthy development of young men, *The Boy Crisis, *written by Drs. Warren Farrell and John Gray*,* serves as a valuable resource for our mentors to better understand the issues that teen boys are experiencing. And, as a parent educator who teaches parents how to raise happy and responsible teen sons, I use *The Boy Crisis* as the main textbook because its filled with solutions that help parents have much better relationships with their sons.

I strongly recommend this book to any parent, mentor, therapist or sports coach so that they have the facts and solutions they need to be more effective in loving, coaching and supporting young men.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Liz Dowling from Dowling & Dennis PR

 

 

 

 

#3 Saving Washington by Chris Formant

Acclaimed author Chris Formant tells the forgotten story of how a group of citizen soldiers from Maryland fought a heroic battle against elite British forces to preserve the Continental Army and save the life of General George Washington. In this epic adventure based on scholarly research, two young aspiring Baltimore merchants, one white and one black, march to Brooklyn as part of the Maryland militia. Under-trained and under-equipped, they would soon be on the front lines of one of the most decisive battles for American independence.

Formant immerses us in their dedication and their sacrifice as he weaves an epic tale, which includes actual historical figures. These all but forgotten men who held back the British made it possible for Washington to evacuate hundreds of soldiers to Manhattan and create a new military strategy that turned the tide of the Revolutionary War.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Noelle Brown from Meryl Moss Media

 

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#4 RED Hotel by Ed Fuller and Gary Grossman

The authors draw on their real-life international experience to weave a cinematic tale of high-stakes roulette, that takes readers on a heart-pounding adventure around the world. Dan Reilly, a former Army intelligence officer turned international hotel executive, is thrust into the role of detective after his hotel is bombed in Tokyo. As Reilly scrambles to install high-security measures at his company's hotels, the clock winds down to a climatic event in Brussels that threatens NATO and the security of member nations.

RED HOTEL is a thriller that reflects today's headlines and dares to take readers behind the front desk into the inner workings of the world's most glamorous hotels.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Noelle Brown from Meryl Moss Media

 

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#5 Why a Daughter Needs a Dad by Gregory Lang

This book is a fantastic little coffee table or bedside table book. It is filled with sweet sentiments about why a daughter needs a dad in her life, all of the things dad have the honor of teaching their daughters, and just how valuable that relationship is between a dad and his daughter. It is a sweet reminder of all the reasons (100 in total) men are so important in a daughter's life.

One of the reasons listed is; A daughter needs a dad to help her take risks that will build her with confidence. My father was my hero and he embodied this book. He kept it on his nightstand up until he passed away. I would highly recommend!

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Susan Youngsteadt from Momma Suz

 

 
 

 

#6 Bigger Than This by Fabian Geyrhalter

In his latest book “*Bigger Than This: How To Turn Any Venture Into An Admired Brand*”, Fabian Geyrhalter challenges companies to discover their spark and connect with today’s consumers on a deeper level. Geyrhalter was inspired to write “Bigger Than This” after studying commodity brands that people go crazy for in today’s age of innovation. He was fascinated to realize that companies offering commodities — products that people don’t necessarily need more of in the marketplace, and that see no innovation in functionality or design — were flourishing. All of these companies had only two things in common that created their success: fantastic brand thinking and a truly authentic story to tell.

Geyrhalter felt there was a lot to learn from these brands, even for an established brand that may have lost its authenticity along the way. His book focuses on the traits he saw in these companies and how they can be re-infused into any brand that wants to connect more deeply with its audience.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Krista Loew from Orca Communications

 

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#7 The True Heart of a Man by Hanalei Vierra

I wrote this book that gives adult men a 7-step “road map” to get out of an antiquated definition of masculinity that has brainwashed them to mistrust their emotional experiences and toward a healthier, more mature version of masculine identity that is needed in a 21st-century world.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Hanalei Vierra from Hanalei Vierra

 

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#8 A World War II Flight Surgeon’s Story by S. Carlisle May

This book that I wrote is a true account of a Flight Surgeon's experience working to keep pilots flying from Africa to Normandy to central Germany. The book is derived from personal interviews, letters home and pictures which include the historic meeting between Gens. Clark, Patton and Eisenhower and the visit from President Roosevelt. It also offers insight into medicine at that time.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Susan Carlisle May from Author Susan May

 

 
 

 

 
 

#9 A Spiritual Renewal: A Journey to Medjugorje by Alberta Sequeira

It might sound too spiritual and girly for men but this book is a heartfelt, moving memoir of the author's father and her journey to find inner peace and renewal of life. It's a story about her life with her father, Brigadier General, Albert L. Gramm. She shows how we can wait too long to learn about the lives of the men and women in the service after coming home from wars or life in general.

Brigadier, Albert L. Gramm, died on November 19, 1990, from cancer. It was then that Alberta realized while she stayed at his bedside during his illness that she never took the time to get to know this great man or his life fighting during WWII fighting in some of the famous battles; Metz, Lorraine, and The Battle of the Bulge. He had been one of the commanding officers of the 26th Yankee Division. He was about to take those achievements with him.

His devotion to saying the rosary every day while he faced his enemies during the war stayed with him on the return home. He had promised The Blessed Mother that if she got him home safely to his family, he would say the blessed prayer until his death.

It's at this time, when Mr. Gramm struggled to say his rosary in his deathbed and losing concentration on it, that Alberta turns back to her faith. She learns the rosary and understand's each decade is about the life of Mary and Jesus. She realized after fifteen years away from the Church that she not only needed God back in her life but wanted Him.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Alberta Sequeira Blog

 

 
 

 

#10 The Complete Book of Pontiac GTO by Tom Glatch

The book gives you a year-by-year, model-by-model exploration of the world's first muscle car, all in full-color photography, most of which have never been published. At 176 pages, with 250 color photos, it’s the definitive coffee table book, on the definitive muscle car.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Steve Roth from The Quarto Group 

 

 
 

 

 
 

#11 Supercar Revolution: The Fastest Cars of All Time by John Lamm

The book charts the evolution of the fastest, most-lusted after and influential sportscars of all-time. Featuring Porsches, Ferraris, McLarens, Corvettes, Lamborghini and more, these are cars that can go 150 mph and beyond. With profiles of the designers and engineers who developed these cars and truly gorgeous photography, fans of these cars will love this book.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Steve Roth from The Quarto Group 

 

 

 

#12 Hot Wheels: From 0 to 50 at 1:64 Scale by Kris Palmer

This book shares the history of the die-cast vehicles that started out as a new twist on toy cars and became a worldwide phenomenon. Officially licensed with Mattel, this in-depth retrospective reveals what makes these cars unique, how the models are designed, and all the work that goes into the play to ensure Hot Wheels™ maintain their position as the greatest toy cars ever made. Features photos from the Mattel archives and comes in a replica Hot Wheels™ carrying case. You’d be hard-pressed to find a dad who didn’t love their Hot Wheels!

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Steve Roth from The Quarto Group 

 

 
 

 

 
 

#13 Speed Read Porsche 911 by Wayne R. Dempsey

This book breaks this immortal rear-engined sports car down into fully illustrated, easy-to-digest portions that neophytes and experts alike will love. Fans of the iconic and influential sports car will learn about its creation and design, why they’ve had a never-ending allure and how the car has dominated racing for over 50 years.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Steve Roth from The Quarto Group 

 

 
 

 

#14 Tom Cotter’s Best Barn-Find Collector Car Tales by Tom Cotter

Tom is by far the best-known barn-find collector-car expert working today. Tom Cotter's Best Barn-Find Collector Car Tales pulls together his best barn find stories from America and around the globe. From Shelby Cobras to classic Duesenbergs, to Harley hoards and lost supercars, Cotter brings to light the most amazing, outrageous, and unexpected finds he and his barn-finding brethren have discovered.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Steve Roth from The Quarto Group 

 

Our Blessed Mother Appears

 
The Virgin Mary appears!!! (Seven minutes into the video) I have visited Medjugorje in 1991 & 1993. This place completely changed my life for the better. As a result, I embrace the Catholic faith with much love and conviction. I witnessed several things at this site. The spinning sun was daily and throughout the entire day, rosaries changing into gold, but the most impressive thing I experienced was the “ultimate love” that penetrated (I know this sounds odd) into every cell of my body, a love beyond comprehension, a love I have yet to experience from anyone in my life.
 
One person emailed a diatribe in an attempt to condemn Medjugorje. Such an email deserves a response, one with facts, one that provides info regarding the Vatican’s ongoing investigations, one with sound reason, one with faith, one that requires an open mind and heart. Fact: The Vatican, more specifically, JPII, for the ‘first time in church history’ removed the authority of the local Bishop to suggest any final pronouncements in favor or condemnation of Medjugorje. The local Bishop retains all other faculties with this one exception. The local Bishop(s) of Medjugorje never extended an invitation for the Holy See, the Supreme Pontiff, to visit Medjugorje in all of JPII’s 27 years as Pope.
 
The devil is alive and well. There are many postings that mislead the reader. Instead of the conflicts, and propaganda, people ought to focus on the realities of Medjugorje. More notable, the millions of conversions, and countless people returning to the faith, and numerous investigations of miraculous healings i.e. deaf, blind, lame, cancer, aids etc. I do not know how the devil would benefit from such conversions. Oh yes, the church ‘does’ approve pilgrimages. The prized site will soon be the most important Marian site on planet earth. To date, Medjugorje is the 2nd most visited Marian apparition site in church history. I respect the office of the Bishop. God appointed him as such, and for a reason. God has a plan for everyone. The current Bishop of Medjugorje does not believe in Fatima or Lourdes. No doubt he rejects his own place of interest. Working at a Diocese, I learned much about people’s personalities, attitudes, behaviors, differences of opinions, and everyday activities within an organization. Bishops are people too. We are blessed to have one of the most Orthodox Bishops in America. Bishops are men, they are not infallible. What makes a Bishop? Answer, it is a priest promoted and there is no special “Bishop school” to attend. They are handpicked by the nuncio. The Bishop in Pueblo has visited Medjugorje and BELIEVES in it firmly! It is estimated, over 40,000 priests and 2000 Bishops have visited Medjugorje in the last 31 years. No small task, for something that is considered, by some, as just ‘ordinary’. Big Fact #2: The church has never condemned Medjugorje! The Mother of God once stated, what she first started in Fatima (in 1917) she will end in Medjugorje. What an interesting comment considering widespread apostasy in our modern society. Fruits: The lines of confessions are rather long in Medjugorje. This is a norm in Medjugorje. However, much of the world has almost forgotten this Sacrament. Recall what Jesus said, “You shall know them by their fruits.” People are returning to the church in record numbers in Medjugorje – like no other place on earth! In 1991, I waited in line literally eight hours, yes, 8 hours. There is an overwhelming amount of graces given to those who embrace Our Lady, Queen Peace in Medjugorje. In 1982, a message was given at Medjugorje to one of the seers. The BVM stated The Church would undertake a great trial. The devil was given extra power and permission to enter it for a period of 1 century. Sounds like the ecstasy of Pope Leo XIII? Personally, I think the 100 year influence started in 1917 AD, not in the year 1900AD or 1901AD, the beginning of the 20th Century. Our modern society strives to ‘get it quick’, we are a society comprised of non-thinkers, a society, for the most part, that does not pray. The Blessed Virgin Mary stresses praying, fasting, converting, attend daily mass, and to recite the rosary. If it takes 30+ years to complete the work of Our Lady — so be it. Avoid embracing a Burger King mentality, “This place has tested my threshold of patience….I have decided to omit these seers due to their longevity”. Wow, what if Our Lord took the same approach to each one of us? The more things change the more they remain the same. Medjugorje is by far, the most vital Marian site on planet earth. I anticipate the devil, the father of lies, the great deceiver, to continue his work in keeping people from listening and acting upon the messages of Medjugorje, messages that only mirror the Gospel. I suggest embracing truth, pray, virtue, Sacraments, and to live out Our Lady’s messages of Medjugorje. God love ya.   Mystic Pos

A Reminder of Death with Addiction

 

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Last weekend, my heart was broken all over again. My precious daughter, Lori Cahill, died in 2006 at 39 years of age from her alcohol and drug addiction. Those who have lost know the pain. She is put to rest with her father, who also died in 1985 at 45 years of age from addiction.

I have moments of guilt where time goes by and I have buried the loss deep in the depth of my soul and hide it. I try not to relive it. UNTIL, an event brings that RAW moment to the surface. 

I received a call that Lori’s dearest friend, Wendy, lost her life. She had been in and out of substance abuse rehabilitations since Lori’s death. She had been struggle to over-come the hold. For awhile, she lived in an apartment. 

I remember as if it was yesterday, Lori’s funeral and Wendy was hidden in the last pew of church with tears flowing down her cheeks watching us roll Lori’s casket out of the church. I stopped and hugged her and gave her a kiss saying,”Live for Lori.” How often Wendy called me Mom.

In the picture, Lori, is on the far left at fifteen, a friend in the middle, and Wendy on the far right. All three were inseparable. It was the night of their high school prom. 

This news threw me into a state as if I had just lost Lori all over again. I swear I cried non-stop for two days each time I thought about Lori’s friend. Maybe it was a closeness to Lori that I felt was now gone. 

People have asked me numerous times after writing Someone Stop This Merry-Go-Round; An Alcholic Family in Crisis about losing Richie, my husband, and Please, God, Not Two; This Killer Called Alcholism about the lose of Lori, if it healed me.

No, nothing heals the loss of anyone, young or old, or from what. There is a gap that is never filled again. I see Lori’s son, who married a year ago and her daughter, who had a baby last October of 2017. How proud she would have been and excited over a grandson. 

I’m writing this for all the families and friends who have lost a dear one from this horrible worldwide disease to let you know that I feel your pain and loss. 

This picture brings me back to yesteryears wishing to God I could have changed things. So many of those wonderful friends of Lori’s who came to our house like a meeting place have died or are still suffering from addiction. They were so young thinking drinking was fun. 

I had to share this. Tell me your story. I’d love to hear it. If you give me permission, I’ll place it here on the site so others will see how we hurt. Maybe, just maybe, someone struggling with alcohol or drug abuse will fight to live. 

Thank you,
Alberta Sequeira
[email protected]

Event for Writers and Authors Today, Monday the 8th


Authors Without Borders will be at the Old Colony YMCA at 360 Main Street in Brockton.  We'll have our books, info on our group (www.awb6.com), handbooks on how to write, getting published, writing memoirs, Writing your own book in Createspace.  I will have my books on substance abuse, other fantasy, poetry and short stories. We'd love to see you.

We will be there today, Monday the 8th from 10am-3pm.  

Alberta Sequeira

 

 

 

 

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