Category Archives: Family Life

The Perfect Blindside, by Leslea Wahl

At sixteen, Jake Taylor is an Olympic medalist, a snowboarding prodigy, and a big fish transplanted to a small pond. He annoys Sophie Metcalf with his arrogance. She plans to expose him for the thoughtless egotist she thinks he is, … Continue reading

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Running for the End Zone

By Janice Lane Palko I recently celebrated my birthday. Now that I’m past the fifty-yard line of life and heading to the end zone, I can no longer deny that I am aging. When I was in my twenties and … Continue reading

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Finding Patience, by Virginia Lieto and Carole Hahn Panzner

When the Livingstone family relocates, their daughters miss their old neighborhood and friends. The eldest, Faith can’t wait for school to start so that she can make new friends. Unfortunately, Faith is shy, and the children on the school bus, … Continue reading

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CWG Book Blast – Cynthia Toney’s “6 Dates to Disaster (Bird Face series, book three”

This month, the Catholic Writers’ Guild is touring Guildie Cynthia Toney’s book, “6 Dates to Disaster (Bird Face series, book three).”  It is an SOA winner. Teaser: When Wendy’s family has money problems, she must find a way on her … Continue reading

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When Picking up Your Pen Is Picking up Your Cross

By Janice Lane Palko How do you regard your writing career? Perhaps you’re like me. I’ve been putting words on paper for more than 20 years, and I’ve always regarded my propensity to write as a being a blessing and … Continue reading

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The Extraordinary Powers of the Catholic Priest–Imparting the Apostolic Pardon

My wife, Marty, passed away on March 27. Some of you may have seen my posts over the past few years about her ongoing battle with cancer and then Alzheimer’s Disease. No matter; what killed her was an infection called … Continue reading

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The CWG Book Blast: Cathy Gilmore and Carol Benoist’s “Easter Bunny’s Amazing Day”

This month, the Catholic Writers’ Guild is touring Guildie Cathy Gilmore’s book with Carol Benoist (a Sister duo), “Easter Bunny’s Amazing Day.” It has an imprimatur. Easter’s iconic bunny becomes a beloved disciple of Jesus in this beautifully illustrated hardcover … Continue reading

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Alzheimer’s Keeps Reminding Me Why I Love being Catholic

I have written about my wife, Marty’s, Alzheimer’s Disease several times. This is another. It was unplanned and spontaneous, triggered by the unique world she and I have come to share together. I was trying to write something but I … Continue reading

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Who Do You Say That I Am?

By Janice Lane Palko You’ve seen those Ancestry commercials about people who believe they are one race or nationality and then take a DNA test and find out they are not who they thought they were. My husband could be … Continue reading

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When the Crib and the Cross Converge: Our Personal Adoption Story

The minute the judge walked into the courtroom on December 5, I knew I was in trouble. What I had envisioned as a measured ritual of signing papers at the courthouse became an extremely emotional event when the judge, who … Continue reading

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