President Obama announced that American forces will be engaging the terrorist group ISIS in Iraq and Syria. We send these brave men and women energy, and hope for their safety. Those of you who have read A Boy’s Journey through Grief know that Jack’s soldier father was killed in Afghanistan. This is a moment that we on Black Jack Jetty are all too intimate with. God speed.
A belated shout out to the coolest bunch of kids this side of the Black Jack Jetty cousins, the fabulous Taney Dragons from center city Philadelphia, who lit up the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Nicky hopes to try out for the Dragons next season.
Down the shore, Labor Day is the traditional end of summer. The kids are back in school, the leases on summer rental homes come to an end, and the lifeguards leave the beaches to the seabirds. Those of us with roots along the ocean know that Labor Day ushers in a different mind set as the light changes, creating more shadows, and the Atlantic absolutely takes on a more aggressive attitude.
The cousins are planning to trick or treat on Black Jack Jetty this Halloween. They are also going to celebrate the Day of the Dead at Angel’s church in Atlantic City. Stay tuned.
The sand is hot, the ocean is bathtub warm, the sun is sparkling. The beach is painted with seashells, and the waves can bring a harvest of seaweed, even jellyfish.
This is August Down the Shore. And it’s heaven.
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.