Monthly Archives: August 2019

It’s a Miracle We Made It to Adulthood

Now that I am older, I have come to appreciate the amazing restraint my mom exercised when I and my sisters were children and teenagers. With our rolling eyes and know-it-all comments and all-around pain-in-the-posterior attitudes, it is a miracle that any of us ever made it to adulthood.

And yet, here I am, a mother myself of children with their own eye rolls and smart-aleck responses and P.I.T.A. performances, I swear they will be lucky to make it to next week! Continue reading

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Pay It Forward

Two days ago, our family said goodbye to a humble, hard-working, sensitive, soft-spoken man—my Uncle David.

Uncle David was a devout Christian who tried to follow the path of righteousness every day of his life. My uncle practiced random acts of kindness, always lending a hand or giving encouragement. He never expected remuneration for his kindnesses. Instead, he hoped that those he helped would pay it forward, doing good deeds and spreading goodwill to others.

Unassuming and modest, Uncle David would not have wanted accolades. However, because he was such a special person, I wanted to honor him in a way that would best exemplify the way he lived his life. So, in memory of my Uncle David, I am paying it forward.

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Book Review: Girls Like Us

Like a detective determined to crack a cold case, I am compelled to uncover family secrets and unearth family skeletons. I am energized by endless hours patiently paging through aged records, and I revel in the thrill of finding a clue or solving a genealogical puzzle. So, is it any wonder why I enjoy suspense/mystery novels?


Cristina Alger’s psychological suspense novel, Girls Like Us, opens on a somber note. FBI Agent Nell Flynn has come home to Suffolk County, New York to lay her father Homicide Detective Martin Flynn to rest. Because Nell and her father were estranged, Nell feels semi-detached as her father’s ashes catch the breeze of the Orient Shoal in the Long Island Sound.

For Nell, Suffolk County holds only heartache. When Nell was seven-years-old, her mother Marisol was murdered. An only child, Nell had no one but her father to turn to in her grief. But Martin Flynn was a hard-to-love, loathe-to-comfort type of guy. As the years passed, the distance between father and daughter grew until Nell packed her bags and left for good. That is until Martin Flynn died in a motorcycle accident, and Nell must return to settle her father’s estate.

A few days is all Nell needs to get his affairs in order before she is able to leave Suffolk County and return to duty in D.C. However, just when she thinks that she can make a clean break, her father’s former partner, Detective Lee Davis, asks Nell for her insight into and assistance with the investigation of the murders of two local young women. Nell agrees halfheartedly, but the further she digs, the more she uncovers. Who were these women, why were they killed, who murdered them, and exactly how was her father involved?

From the first page to the last, Girls Like Us kept me guessing. Engrossing and emotional, this book engages not only the mind but also the heart. I quickly came to care about Nell and wanted to comfort her as she struggled to make peace with her father’s shortcomings, her mother’s murder, and her own guilt.


I received a complimentary copy of this book from G.P. Putnam’s Sons, courtesy of a Goodreads giveaway. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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Generations: A Pictorial History

Boy, when I procrastinate, I sure do procrastinate! Several months ago (okay, it was a few more than several), Randy Seaver, through his Saturday Night Genealogy Fun series, challenged other bloggers to pictorially document their family back through the generations: For how many generations, unbroken, do you have portraits of your family?

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