May the peace and joy of the Christ Child reign in your hearts this Christmas 2021!
Last Christmas I celebrated back in Fairfax, VA while recuperating from breast cancer surgery. This Christmas I’m in Florida, back on the road full time since April, with an excellent prognosis. I’m grateful for so many things this year – spending more time with my daughters, traveling to new areas, publishing my first book. Especially though, I’m grateful that God came to be with us and remains with us always.
Tonight, I’m looking forward to a reverent midnight Mass at St. Rita Catholic Church in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. There will be music and singing to celebrate this Christmas. In my prayers I will remember the intentions of all my readers and friends and pray for the peaceful repose of the souls that passed this year whose loved ones await a joyful reunion in eternity.
Many milestones this year were happy ones — traveling to the Divine Mercy Shrine in Massachusetts, participating in the Airstream International Rally in Tennessee, singing (!!!) at the Gong Show for charity at Alumapaloosa at the Airstream factory grounds, and dressing up for the Dickens of a Christmas Festival. Sadly, though, my little dog Penny’s big heart gave out in October. She passed away with my daughter holding her and giving her lots of love. I’ll cherish the memories we have of my adventurous and feisty pup. I’m so glad they are chronicled in my book too. I miss her but I know she had a wonderful doggie life.
The book tour continues into the New Year. I’m honored and humbled to have received a wonderful review from theologian and author George Weigel. He included “Journeys with a Tin Can Pilgrim” on his list of recommended books for Christmas 2021.
I’ve enjoyed appearing on many radio and television programs, including “Walk in Faith” on NET-TV and Kresta in the Afternoon on Ave Maria Radio and EWTN Radio. One of my favorites was being interviewed by two pastors on WATC-TV in Atlanta, Georgia. You can listen or watch clips on my book page, if you’re so inclined. Another highlight: my book was named as finalist in both Travel and Christian Inspirational categories in the 2021 Best Books Awards sponsored by American Book Fest.
Most important, however, are the many opportunities with which I’ve been graced to talk with people or help them come to see how much God loves them. Trying to follow the Holy Spirit by planting little seeds through conversation and actions remains a great source of joy for me. I’m very grateful to God for guiding me along this path as as a full-time nomad.
May you have a blessed and joyful Christmas!