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”!!

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...