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Family is An Anchor to Life

Easter BunnyYesterday I celebrated the anniversary of being welcomed into the McCloskey clan. It happened eighteen years ago, when my mother told me she would rather spend Easter just with my father instead of including me in their plans. I was alone after a miserable divorce, and her insensitivity to my situation devastated me.

But Ken had recently come into my life, and when I shared what had happened, he put his arm around me and he said, “You’re coming home with me.” At the time, we just started dating, and I was afraid it was too soon to meet his family. But, it was the best thing I ever did.

I thought the fact that I was older than Ken would cause a problem, but  it never was mentioned. Unlike my own family, his Mom, Dad, brothers, and sisters just accepted me as I am. And as you might imagine, it was a wonderful day.

Since that time, this family has become very dear to me. I love all of them very much. I’ve gotten a chance to watch “little” Kristen grow from a vivacious three-year-old to a beautiful young woman who will graduate from college next year. I’ve sung at Steve and Tara’s wedding in New York. (They helped me cross off that “bucket list” entry.) I also sang at Sue and Carl’s wedding in Chicago. I was there when Catherine was baptized. I held Isabel when she was a baby. I was there for Sue’s baby shower when she was pregnant with Joey. I was there for Mom and Dad’s 50th wedding anniversary where I got to meet most of Ken’s uncles, aunts, and cousins. It’s been a gift to be included in this family. I thought these kind of people only existed in books.

With Ken’s MS it has become more difficult to be with the family because preparing for the trip is laborious. When Ken was well, it was no problem because he helped pack the car, and we took turns driving. But now, all of the packing, preparing, and driving is up to me. On top of that, Ernie has become of the McCloskey clan and expects to go, too. By the time I get to Steve’s house after all the commotion and driving about 100 miles through construction and Chicago traffic–I need a hug. Luckily, when I get there, everyone is standing in line to give me one. All of the effort was worth it because once again, I have a chance to bathe in the positive energy I get from the McCloskey family.

So yesterday, I not only celebrated Easter, as I watched the kids find their eggs the Easter Bunny had dropped all over the yard, I quietly celebrated my anniversary of being welcomed into this wonderful family. And the sun shone on me once again.

“Finding Gessler” Coming Soon!

Latest Novel from McCloskey

Latest Novel from McCloskey

Good News! Good News! Yesterday, my latest novel, FINDING GESSLER, was accepted for publication! This is the fifth book I’ve had published through Publish America, and I’m as excited this time as I was the first time.

The cover art is compliments of my dear sister-in-law, Sue. She captured exactly the look and feel of the book. I just love it! Thank you, Sue!

Now a bit about the storyline. It’s a novel about a father and has family who were separated by war. Edward Gessler is in Paris when Warsaw was invaded by the Nazis in 1939. Believing his Jewish family is now dead, Edward becomes a double agent for MI-5.

After the war, Edward’s eldest son, David, has come of age and longs to know the fate of his father. Thinking that he might have escaped to Israel and joined a Polish Kibbutz, David travels across the world to find his him.

David was only six when his mother Dora and their nanny Heidi fled Warsaw as the bombs fell. He only has childhood memories and no true knowledge about his father.  When he gets to the kibbutz, he must face hard truths that shake up his personal world.

Like all my stories, this one brought me into the world of research, which is my second love next to writing. Some people have told  me they don’t like war stories because of the inhumanity and violence–and that’s okay. But my stories use the war as a backdrop of the times and  focus on the strong relationships that develop between people because of the hardships and pain the characters have to endure.

I’m  so looking forward to signing the contract, getting off the final  manuscript, and then seeing my work added to my bookshelf. Then it’s on to the next novel — God only know which WIP it will be.

This is a joy that will never get old.