A New Way To Live

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It was difficult to come up with a blog post about finding happiness in such difficult times. My husband and I both lost our jobs this week but I consider us fortunate to have our health. In Italy, people grieve in isolation; our most vulnerable

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Be Happy!

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My mom died when I was fifteen. It was sudden and tragic. No time for goodbyes or any of that last-minute stuff. We were bonded together like shoe strings tied or fingers crossed so the thought of going on without her was really tough. The

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A Lifetime of Pictures

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What pictures will you have of yourself by the end of your life? This is the question posed to readers in my forthcoming novel. This story begins in 1970 with thirteen-year-old Donna narrating the story of her and her older brother, Vincent. As

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The Impossibility of Happiness without Peace

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Happiness isn’t possible without peace and peace isn’t possible without practicing forgiveness.  In Olive Branches Don’t Grow On Trees, Silvia, in an attempt to help her brother Vince come to peace with their father, tells him

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How Doc Holliday Saved Me

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It’s three in the morning. I’m sitting on my bed, trembling from the nightmare I just had, too afraid to go back to sleep, too afraid to even turn the lights off. The nightmares started two weeks ago when I moved into this apartment building,

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