I was raised in Red Wing, Minnesota and lived in Miami, Florida for many years. I received my bachelor's and master's degree in English at Florida International University where I taught until I moved to Pennsylvania. I researched girlhood in the Victorian era for my graduate work. I have a deep passion for the rights of children. I believe that they should be raised in love and given opportunities to succeed and fail. There are many powerful outside influences that disrupt the natural growth cycle - it is what I call, stealing childhood. My question is how does one create a moral compass for one's children so that they can make good decisions? My triology: Lavinia's Window, Lavinia's Heart and the last in progress Lavinia's Dance are uplifting and thoughtful and provide a moving reading experience that views the world from a different perspective - love, courage, creativity, empathy for others, and weighing circumstances versus impulse reactions. My partner, Paul Mahoney and I also wrote In My Own World for special needs kids and are working on a video sequel, Share my World. We donate to the National Austism Foundation. The smallest gesture of caring has a long reach. I write to make a difference.
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In this sequel to Lavinia’s Window, the Pennsylvania Railroad arrives in Chaddsford to lay tracks through the heart of Lavinia's home. Progress and the promise of material gain divide the community and threaten long held traditions. Lavinia learns that nothing can be taken for granted, and sometimes citizenship comes at a terrible price.
Grandmama gives Lavinia a journal for her 12th birthday and urges her to learn the seven heavenly virtues to tell the difference between right and wrong. Lavinia uses qualities from family and friends to improve her character but when her embittered papa decides to send her away from home, she must rely on the strength of her values to unite two estranged families and claim her own fate.
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