If you’ve never experienced a blizzard on the ocean, it is an amazing display of nature’s power. The swirling snow and sand whipped up by truly wicked winds steals your breath and numbs your body. You cannot open your eyes but you must because you don’t want to miss it.
Summer starts down the shore this weekend. We’ll all be there. The new book, Cousins & Robbers is is in the edit stage and that’s exciting. Please remember the true meaning of Memorial Day, that is to honor those who paid the ultimate price so that we can live as Americans.
The big house on the Black Jack Jetty has survived ‘noreasters and hurricanes for almost a hundred years. This was certainly a big blow but the family but the Margate took it well. The day after the storm was sunny and clear…just another day down the Shore.
In A Boy’s Journey Through Grief Jack’s soldier father is killed in a roadside explosion. There was no political statement intended…and there still isn’t. But I will make a human statement that the cost of two wars in lives ended or irrevocably damaged is staggering and being paid by too few people…the military. It’s time to come home.
Last night I had the privledge to participate The Moyer Foundation’s even at The Moyer Foundation’s Evening at the Ballpark at Citizen’s Bank Field in Philadelphia. There were hundreds of people in the Diamond Club where Karen and Jamie Moyer hosted an auction to raise money for the 40 Camp Erins across the country. There were children who attend the Philadelphia Camp Erin, counsulors, sponsors, celebrities, friends and fans. Helping children in distress is the mission of The Moyer Foundation.
Mr. Moyer is a passionate man. We overheard a conversation between him and a high school ballplayer who asked for advice. “It’s all from here up,” says Moyer pointing to the boys shoulders and head. “How you handle failure will determine how far you go.” In roomful of people waiting for a moment with the star pitcher, he spent quality time with the young man.
Class act. Jane and I sat at a table with a woman who went to high with Jamie and followed his career (she brought all of his baseball cards). He came over and said I know you. They hugged and took a few pictures. Class act.
I’ve never been prouder of The Moyer Foundation’s endorsement of A Boy’s Journey Through Grief.
“While this book will not take the place of a loving adult or therapist, it can be one way to help children talk about their feelings, ” says Wendy Smith-D’Arezzo, Loyola College, Baltimore, MD in a review for The School Library Journal in April, 2011. She continues, referring to the notes at the tale’s end that talk directly to children who have lost a parent about what to expect. Author’s Note: Those valuable pages were written by American Psychological Association.
The University of North Carolina, at Chapel Hill has added Black Jack Jetty: A Boy’s Journey Through Grief to its Juvenile Novels section. I’m really proud. I hope it helps.
I’m looking for publisher and probably a literary agent to represent Cousins and Robbers. It appears to be an overwhelming process, tougher than writing the book: at least with the book I have a certain amount of control (characters and plot often choose their paths) but this project is subject to the wind.
I like what I’m seeing…the pieces are here…Mac and I just have to put them together.
I did a reading this morning to about 30 students and their teachers. Great fun. They played with me, got involved, asked questions and made me feel welcome. I asked them questions about the shore, their families and if any of them knew someone who has died that they loved and how they felt about it then, and now. They listed grandparents, aunts and uncles. I found out later that one student’s mother has passed away just two months ago. That student didn’t raise their hand when I asked the question. I understand.