World Changers, Bridge Builders and the Power of Connection

an interactive, dynamic presentation featuring readings from Soldier’s Heart the novel and your group’s experiences.

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December remembers

January is the month favored for new resolutions. I choose December for remembrance. December remembers.

December and Christmas memories intertwine. My childhood creche had a chimney. I went through a phase of jealousy. If one of my brothers got to place the baby in his manger, I’d drop Jesus down the chute.

Thank goodness for maturity and grace. At age 8 I was Mary in a church Christmas play. It gave me a memorable foretaste of the intimacy of mothering. So it felt strange and intrusive to have an audience of eyes on me. No wonder Mary “hid things in her heart” (Luke 2:19). read more…

Happy tales: wedding, expo & 3 special veterans

Here’s a different sort of Hurricane Matthew story. Our nephew Matt and his bride Lenore had to cancel their wedding plans in the Bahamas. They chose that destination because Lenore’s family is from Trinidad Tobago, and visa/passport arrangements to a US destination would be a challenge. Fortunately they were not harmed during the hurricane. However Lenore’s mom was not able to come to the wedding in Mechanicsburg last Saturday. A beautiful wedding. Congratulations, Matt and Lenore. Hurricane Matthew could not keep you apart!


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Blazing the Freedom Trail, ending prejudice

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I just did something I haven’t done in at least a dozen years. Wrote a letter to a magazine editor.

Given my interest in the Civil War & my novel Soldier’s Heart, an essay in the New Yorker (8/22) re: the Underground Railroad caught my eye. Essayist Kathryn Schulz titled the article “Derailed, The troubling allure of the Underground Railroad”. She worries that creating the historical sites of the Freedom Trail will have the unintended consequence of letting us off the hook too easily. Will we still do the relational work necessary to share our history, or remain separated out, along lines of color and culture? I was intrigued by her use of a word you just don’t see much these days: Iniquity. Here’s my response:

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Living History-Fun Free 1st Friday Event

Living history! Join me in York on First Friday Aug. 5 for a Soldier’s Heart book signing. Book sales benefit the beautifully restored William C. Goodridge Freedom Center. Readings at 4:30 & 6


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Soldier’s Heart Free! #1! Happy 4th!

Soldier’s Heart Free! #1! Happy 4th!

Please note, photos posted here are the work of Bill Schintz. Please give him your business (and proper credit, if you repost). Guests, please email me if you did not receive your guest photos.
If you have read Soldier’s Heart, I’m grateful if you would post your honest review (one sentence is fine!) on Amazon and/or


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!

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