“Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.”–Nelson Mandela   Thanks to all who have purchased “When Dreams Touch”! YOU have made a dream come true for a young Haitian woman in Fondwa, Haiti!!! Royalties from my 1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter sales have been used to establish The University of Fondwa, Hanrahan Dreams for Hope Scholarship. In October 2014, this scholarship was awarded to Tania Lemai  a young woman from Fondwa, Haiti who is now studying Veterinary Medicine at the University of Fondwa (UNIF). Tania has worked as a veterinary rural extension agent for the past four years and is a small group member of the Association of Peasants of Fondwa. When she completes her education, Tania plans to support...

Hanrahan Dreams for Hope Scholarship at UNIF, Haiti

“Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.”–Nelson Mandela   Thanks to all who have purchased “When Dreams Touch”! Royalties from my 1st quarter sales will be used to establish The University of Fondwa, Hanrahan Dreams for Hope Scholarship. Beginning in fall 2014, this scholarship will be awarded to one young woman from a rural community in Haiti whose dream is to transform rural Haiti by creating economic, intellectual and environmental wealth. If you would like to contribute to this scholarship fund or set up your own “Hope Scholarship” at the University of Fondwa, please email me at rhedreamstouch@gmail.com.   Thank You!! Rosemary...

Thanks to all my DEAR Friends from the Beach Book Club for a warm reception at the first book club discussion for “When Dreams Touch”!!

Vodou Temple

Vodou Temple

  I came across this photo of a Vodou temple taken before the earthquake from near where I once lived in rural Haiti. This area had considerable damage, so the temple may have been destroyed. Notice the red pillar in the front known as the “poto mitan” or central pillar, around which the religious ceremony takes place.

Vodou in Haiti- Fact and Fiction

Vodou in Haiti- Fact and Fiction

Considerable deliberation went into opening “When Dreams Touch” with the Vodou scene, chronicling Adelaide and Yvonne’s pilgrimage to the Saut d’Eau (Waterfall). This blended Vodou and Christian journey still takes place each July in honor of the Vodou lwa (spirit) Erzuli Dantor, and coinciding with the Christian feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.   Typical of Haiti, I have found there are many misconceptions and misunderstandings about Vodou and I hope some of those are dispelled as you read “When Dreams Touch.” However, in the interest of full disclosure… although I have visited and passed by Vodou temples and talked with Vodou priests, I have not actually attended a Vodou ceremony—YET?!   So perhaps like my readers, during my initial visits to Haiti,...

Red Flowers for Mother’s Day in Haiti

Red Flowers for Mother’s Day in Haiti

This weekend we celebrated Mother’s Day in the U.S. Without a doubt, being a mom has been the most rewarding and significant aspect of my life. My mother has been gone for 8 years now, but not for 1 minute forgotten. Her unconditional love and support propelled me through some very difficult times in my life and even today, are my touchstone. As we follow the lives of the three main characters in When Dreams Touch, Adelaide, Giselle and Kate, we get a glimpse of the joys and heartbreaks of motherhood. While there are a few similarities between the U.S. and Haiti, there are interesting and concerning differences. Mother’s Day is also celebrated on a Sunday in May in Haiti. But Haitians do not buy cards in which they write something touching to their mothers. They...

The Dedication of When Dreams Touch

The Dedication of When Dreams Touch

  Dedication to Sister Marie Carmelle Voltaire, CSSAF (9/21/62-3/10/12)   I’d like to share with you a little about the dedication of When Dreams Touch. I have been blessed to have many people in my life who have inspired and challenged me–my parents, my children and my friends. But I’ve also been fortunate to work with many wonderful individuals from Haiti, the US and all over the world whose lives and passion have met in service to the people of Haiti. Because I believe this story belongs to Haiti, especially the women of Haiti, I chose a special dedication to one individual- Sister Marie Carmelle Voltaire. Sister Carmelle, pictured above, who passed away while I was in the middle of editing When Dreams Touch, was the nurse who started and ran...