Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Infantry School

Sam at his Naval Academy Graduation

My oldest son, Sam, wants to attend the infantry school, which is a part of the United States Marine Corps.  link here:

He says he can do it.  This is his dream.  I can support that, if that is what he wants to do.  But I know that these are the Marines that they send in first.  These are the extremely tough Marines.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Fourth of July

our American Flag

Every year, on the Fourth of July, our neighborhood does this huge pancake breakfast, which is put on the Men's Club, and then a parade, and then a sand castle contest, and then a BBQ out on the beach bluff.  I live in Niguel Shores Community, is inside Monarch Beach.   It's a little like the town Mayberry, from the Andy Griffith Show.

Hugh will be coming home today.  I pick him up at John Wayne Airport this afternoon. 

I am very happy he is coming home. 

Holly, my nine year old dog, went to the groomer yesterday.  When I picked her up she had a big red, white, and blue scarf around her neck.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Naval Academy Graduation, 2015

Sam and me!
Sam and his grandmother, Ann, whose father also attended the Naval Academy.
The Hat Toss!!

On May 22, 2015, my oldest son, Samuel Blake Fitzmaurice, graduated from the United States Naval Academy. 

Our entire family was there.  We had a wonderful time watching him throw his hat in the air.  Sam will now become a Marine Pilot.  He will spend six months in Quantico, Virginia, and then he will go to Pensacola, Florida, to learn how to fly either helicopters or planes.  He does not know which one he will be assigned to.

I have him home for fifteen more days and then he has to leave to go to The Basic School, is in

Monday, May 11, 2015

Letters from young readers!

Letter one!

Letter two!

Today, I received letters from two young readers who were in a book club for DESTINY, REWRITTEN.  They were sent to me from Kelsey George, who is the YA service coordinator at the Goodwin Memorial Library.

This library is just a few short miles away from the real Emily Dickinson Memorial House.

I would love to go there someday!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mother's Day 2015

Our trip to Israel.  

I called my mother this morning to tell her how much she means to me.  We talked for about an hour.
We went over everything, how she raised me, how I raised my two boys, Sam and Hugh.  My mother taught me that I could do whatever I wanted to.

She has been an angel in my life.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Independent Bookstore Day! May 2, 2015

Today is independent Bookstore Day;  I will be going to Laguna Beach Books, which is in Laguna Beach.  I am very excited.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Rod McKuen

A book of poems by Rod McKuen.

I live across the street from the Dana Point Library and every so often, I take a lot of books to the Friends of the Library.  I have too many books.  It’s embarrassing. 

And this morning, I came across a book my grandmother had given me.  It was a book of poems by Rod McKuen, entitled, COME TO ME IN SILENCE.  I forget I had this book.

To Kathy, from Grama Eleanor

But I do remember when my grandmother gave it to me.  I was twenty years old.  I was still in college.  I was writing poetry then.  I remember that I won a poetry contest, and received a check for twenty dollars along with a certificate. 

So I picked a poem out of his book.  Here is it:

I like how he wrote: this book is for nobody/everybody