History, personal and otherwise.

Cicero said ” if you don’t know where you came from, you don’t know where you are going.”

This is so true for one personally, it is true for a country.

If you never contemplate what your early life was like and look at it straight in the face, you are hiding from the truth.  Better to look at it all, the good, the bad and ugly.  Rejoice in the good, because you have been blessed in those areas.  The bad is in our lives to teach us something about the world.  The ugly, I believe, has to do with what we don’t like about ourselves yet are drawn to people, places and things that would pollute us in some way.  If we recognize the ugly is a reflection of the ugly in us that we must work to eliminate, rise above, then we can overcome anything.

With a country it is the same.  If we do not cherish the blessings given to us in the past and only see negative in them, we are weakening us as a people.  If we justify the bad by saying we are just bad people instead of looking at the context of the time, we are poisoning the future generations.  If we accept the ugly as acceptable, we will lose our future generations.


Reaching for a dream

What dreams are you reaching for?  Did you always have a dream?

I dreamed I would be remembered for a work of literature.

I told my English teacher this, yes English teacher, and she

denigrated the idea.  I was not a poor student.  She reminded me that  a woman’s place was in the home.  It was the ’60s.

Now I am faced with promoting a work of historical fiction which I believe I was meant to write.  I fell in love with Constance de Hauteville and all the years I spent writing, editing, and attempting to reach a publisher have finally come to fruition.  Have I reached my dream?  Working on this project was a true labor of love.

Do I replace it with another dream now?   What would you do?

Read Barbarossa’s Princess and guide me.  Should I seek another dream, I’m confused.


Love this picture of a chess board.

Chess comes to us from India.  It’s

over 1500 years old.  Did you know orignally the board was black and white and they used animal chess pieces?

My heroine used such a board in Barbarossa’s Princess.  Besides being a game, it has another use in the book.

Barbarossa’s Princess, 12th century Sicilians, Muslims, Germans, lust, violence intrigue.  Get it on Amazon.


Just getting my…

Just getting my feet wet blogging. 

 So happy to know that I can tell you about the 12 century tapestry of historical details woven into a riveting story about a nun taken out of her convent and married off to the Holy Roman Emperor’s son.

Barbarossa’s Princess give Constance de Hauteville a voice after a long 1000 years.  Dante alluded to her in his Divine Comedy but no one has heard of her until now.  Constance was a real woman who persevered and done the impossible.  I won’t tell you what it’s all about because it’s all in the book.

Check out the reviews on FB or Amazon.  You’ll be glad you did.

Talk to you soon.

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