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    Two Hearts: An Adoptee’s Journey through Grief to Gratitude by Linda Hoye | A Review

    Today on my book blog, Found Between the Covers, you will find my review of Linda Hoye’s memoir, Two Hearts: An Adoptee’s Journey through Grief to Gratitude. A portion of the review is below. It is my hope that you’ll follow the link provided to read the rest. * * * Linda Hoye opens her memoir with a quote from Alex Haley: In all of us there is a hunger, marrow deep, to know our heritage–to know who we are and where we came from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum, an emptiness, and the…

  • Writing,  Writing Tips

    Wednesday Wanderings

    Breakfast was finished. Laundry sorted, and I’m putting the first load in the washer. “I think I’ll walk over and check on the blackberries.” That was my husband calling out from the family room. “If you’ll wait until I’m finished here, I’ll wander over with you.” And off we went fairly early this morning. Our wandering takes us just around the corner from our house. The blackberries grow wild along the perimeter of the land on which sits the saddest house in the neighborhood. No one has ever seemed to love it, and vines have grown up over some windows and doors. It sits vacant. Its elderly owner unable to…

  • Book Review,  Memoir

    Betty’s Child by Donald R. Dempsey | A Review and Giveaway

    Today I have posted a review of Donald R. Dempsey’s memoir, Betty’s Child, on my book blog, Found Between the Covers.  As part of the blog tour sponsored by WOW! Women on Writing, a copy of Betty’s Child will be presented to one lucky commenter. I invite you to join me there and learn more about the book and its author and to participate in the giveaway. * * * In the tradition of Frank McCourt and Angela’s Ashes, Donald Dempsey chronicles one boy’s ordeals with poverty, religion, and physical and mental abuse as he attempts to come of age with only his street smarts and sense of humor to guide him. Twelve-year-old…

  • Storytelling,  Writing,  Writing Time

    Empathizing with Trayvon Martin’s Parents

    Everyone has probably heard everything they want to hear about the George Zimmerman trial — the jury’s verdict, the devastation of Trayvon Martin’s parents, the protests. Who among us will ever know the truth of what really happened? Only two people know the truth, and one of them is dead. So many unknowns.  Here is where I empathize with Trayvon’s parents on a very personal level. In September 1994, my firstborn nephew was 42 years old. He was a husband, father, son, brother, nurse, farmer and all-around good person. He was going about his day doing chores at the farm he shared with my brother, his father. His folks were…