Author Night at The Porch Club
I was privileged to attend Author Night at the Porch Club in Riverton, NJ, on April 24, 2015. I was among six authors who presented their work to a packed house at the historic (and lovely!) club. It was a wonderful night for both the authors and the audience. We mingled and chatted over refreshments and sold books to benefit a worthy cause, the Literacy Volunteers of Burlington County, NJ. Thank you to my good friend, Beth Rentsch (in the photo with me), for inviting me to participate!
Miracles & Moments of Grace Book Chat
On Wednesday, April 1, 2015, I talked about my anthology series Miracles & Moments of Grace at the Hopewell Borough Train Station hosted by the Hopewell (NJ) Borough Public Library. I was joined by three contributors to my books -- Dea Viola, Joe Anstatt and Jim DeForte. Thanks to them for making it such a great evening!
Field trip to Cape May
Chaplain Jason Rochester and me
Chaplain (Lt.) Jason Rochester was stationed briefly at the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May, NJ. My family and I jumped at the chance to meet him there on a sunny summer day for a personal tour. In his story in Miracles & Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories from Military Chaplains
, Chaplain Rochester tells of a time he baptized a sailor aboard the USS Essex while berthed in Cairns, Australia. What did he use as a baptistry? Why, half of an engine can filled with water, of course!
Visit from a Chaplain
Me with Chaplain Stan Giles
More often than not, I interview people for my books by phone or e-mail. That was particularly true with Miracles & Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories from Military Chaplains. Many of the 50 chaplains in the book were deployed, after all! So, I'm thrilled when I can meet up with people in person. One Saturday last September, Air Force Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Stan Giles, who was stationed briefly in Delaware, met my husband and me in Washington Crossing, PA. Chaplain Giles contributed a story titled, "A Single Death," about the death of his wife's brother, a Marine, in Vietnam.
Chaplain Giles had never been in the Northeast, and so it was my privilege to show him around Washington Crossing State Park -- where, you know, Washington crossed the Delaware -- and then a brief tour of Princeton, NJ. Chaplain Giles was excited about seeing Jonathan Edwards' grave! Thanks for traveling all the way up here to meet us, Chaplain Giles! We had a fantastic day. (And thanks for the cupcakes!)
Cracker Barrel Field Trips
Cracker Barrel restaurants carried Miracles & Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories from Military Chaplains for a time in their stores! I made an unplanned visit to the Cracker Barrel store nearest to where I live, Clinton, NJ, on Saturday, April 28. Even though we created quite a disruption, the Cracker Barrel staff welcomed me warmly. While we were there, a customer bought two copies of the book, which I was privileged to sign. One was for a friend of the buyer's, a Marine who earned a Purple Heart. I love to hear the stories of who the books are going to. Thank you for your friendly welcome, Cracker Barrel! I can see why people love to go to Cracker Barrel -- the people who work there are friendly and welcoming.
March 18, 2011
I was invited to speak about Miracles and Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories from Military Chaplains
at Deerfield Presbyterian Church in South Jersey at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 18. Deerfield is a historic church founded in 1737. Its pastor, the Rev. Dr. Kenneth C. Larter, is a long-time family friend. He has a special interest in military history and in ministering to military members. The church recently erected a memorial to those who have served in the military since the American Revolution.
January 4, 2012
December 6-10, 2011
Princeton Fitness & Wellness (Princeton, NJ) will host a book signing of How We Did It: Weight Loss Choices that Will Work for You from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. during Member Appreciation week. Join us for wine and cheese in the afternoon! Enter to win a free copy of How We Did It: Weight Loss Choices that Will Work for You. Drop your business card into the bowl on the welcome desk. Five winners will be chosen! The fitness center is in the Princeton North Shopping Center at Rts. 206N and 518.
June 1, 2011
The Hopewell Public Library in Hopewell, NJ, invited me to talk about Miracles and Moments of Grace for its Wednesday Night Out series at the Train Station in the borough, where I live. One of the chaplains whose story appears in the book, Navy Chaplain (Cmdr) Brad Hoffman, joined me for the book talk and signing. In the book, Chaplain Hoffman tells of being called up on 9/11 to serve at the Pentagon. Thank you for hosting me! It's exhilarating for an author to be surrounded by everyone who has been cheering her on for all the years of seemingly fruitless writing!
May 2, 2011
The library of the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, invited me to speak about MMG. The audience was warm and welcoming, and the library staff went all out to make the event a success -- they even made cookies! I was joined at the event by one of the chaplains in Miracles and Moments of Grace, Army Chaplain (Col.) Barbara Sherer, who told her story of finding a surprising item amid the ashes of a dining tent fire in Kuwait.
February 3, 2011
The Library of Congress's Veterans History Project invited me to join their celebration of The Four Chaplains, four inter-faith military chaplains who heroically lost their lives on the USAT Dorchester during World War II. It was held in conjunction with the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. At the event, I met up with two of the chaplains in Miracles and Moments of Grace, retired Navy Chaplain (Captain) Arnold Resnicoff and Air Force Chaplain (Captain) Christopher Reeder and his wife, Jennifer. Thank you for inviting me, Jason Steinheuer of the Veterans History Project.