There’s no “I” in Cancer (our journey so far)

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With the fourth anniversary of his cancer diagnosis just passed, Frank and I were talking about the chronology of things that happened. I found myself wanting to write about how we felt along the way. We decided now might be a good time to share about the experience. Our working title for the tale is “There’s no “I” in Cancer.”


Soldier’s Heart Free! #1! Happy 4th!

Soldier’s Heart Free! #1! Happy 4th!

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July 4, 2016: Last November friends and family gathered round me at the wonderful Blue Moon restaurant, to introduce a brand new book, my first novel, a work of historical fiction inspired by a true story.

As I write this, with grateful thanks, Soldier’s Heart is #1 in Amazon Kindle store, in the category of History-United States-Civil War-Women.

Let’s celebrate! Today all day the publisher and I are offering the ebook version of Soldier’s Heart for free. Enjoy! Share! Have a happy, blessed July 4th!

York, PA: Sketch portrait of a community

York, PA: Sketch portrait of a community

Appells at my Soldier’s Heart book launch in November (photo: Bill Schintz)

Note: I shared this essay last year with Louis and Jody Appell because their generosity inspired it. He encouraged me to publish it. Belatedly I am, in memory of Mr. Appell, a remarkable citizen and friend.


York, PA is my chosen workplace, worship space and urban seat to my county of residence.

York. What a delicious, complicated paradox of a place.

Have some slippery pot pie with those finger-lickin’ BBQ chicken and ribs. Enjoy chips or pretzels and sweet bologna with some York County white peaches and sweet corn.

Yorktowne, later known as York. It’s both northern and southern, both eastern and western, as hub towns in historically and spiritually significant geographies always are. People travel by long and mysterious routes over time to get here. Native American foot trails, paved now. A broad river spanning from Cooperstown to Havre de Grace. Sharing with Maryland a storied border, marked and mapped out by the intrepid Mason and Dixon. Sea- and wind-battled ships crossing oceans. Invisible railroads traveling underground. London. Frankfurt. Arles. Bamberg.


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