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So grateful to all of you for sharing your journeys with me!

I have been blessed to meet new friends and reconnect with others who have been such a powerful part of my life for sometime. So many folks shared that they are in the midst of care-giving for loved ones themselves or are looking for ways to support friends who are there. The place to begin is to make your needs known – ask for help from a friend or another family member. Sharing the responsibility, if only for a brief time, so that you or your friend can have self-care opportunities is hugely impactful. Reach out for help or offer that help if you can!

Please join me at the Citadel Mall Barnes and Noble store, 795 Citadel Dr., on Saturday, December 7, 11:00-3:00, for a Full Immersion book signing event. Books will be available. Brownies will be served!!

My Amazon page for Full Immersion now has an author page attached. Simply click on my name next to the title (it will be linked directly to my author page). You can still go to: and to

Sorry, ice cream not included!

A huge thank you to all who helped make the Barnes & Noble book signing so much fun!

The lasting impression of this event for me is one of appreciation for my ever-growing family of friends for whom differences are cherished and arms of acceptance are always open. One observation in particular left me in awe.

I am blessed!
New friends and renewed friendships take on richer meaning when the challenges of lives lived “fully immersed” connect them.

In looking at the photos shared with me, I was reminded of how the challenges in our lives have significance. They grow us into knowledge of who God has created us to be and intensify our character and our ability to reach out to others. We are able to be there for each other, to understand, and to encourage one another. When I need nuturing, I find it in a friend who has been through hard times, who has depth and strength, wisdom of experience. These folks are gifts. Thank you for being among those gifts in my life!

Thanks to all who shared in the Madison book signing event! So much fun!!

If you were not able to come please join me at Barnes and Noble on Briargate across from the Chapel Hills Mall, Saturday, November 9, beginning at 12:00 noon. Visit for more details. Love to see you!

I have been thrilled to read the comments and reviews that folks have shared. Please let me know how I can be an encouragement in the challenges you may be facing with care-giving whether it be for children, parents, grandparents, or in another role that has become yours. There is comfort in knowing someone understands the selfless nature always being there for another person often requires. Yet it is so important to remember that you will be better equipped to provide for their needs if you’ve met your own, too.

My fur baby, Dixie, models for me the need to rest and restore energy. It is okay for us to take a moment to be still. We’ll have the renewed strength to take on the remainder of what we need to accomplish if we do.

We made it this far!!!

Rainbows are a promise of good things to come.

Full Immersion finally is real!!

I have been so fully engaged with this for so long, in anticipation of being able to share it. Now that it is time to share I must admit I am apprehensive. It is a bit intimidating to know that what is very personal and sometimes painful is open. My prayer continues to be that my words help others to know they are worthy to make time for self-care in the midst of giving so much support to others and that it is never too late to begin life anew after the caring role is complete.

I have three book signings planned. The first is at Madison Elementary School, 4120 Constitution Ave. on Thursday, October 24, 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. I will have books with me and, of course, brownies!!

The second is at the Barnes & Noble located at 1565 Briargate Blvd. across from the Chapel Hills Mall, Saturday, November 9, 12:00 – 4:00.

The third is at the Barnes & Noble located at 795 Citadel Dr. East at the entry to the Citadel Mall, Saturday, December 7, 11:00 – 3:00.

I would love to have you join me!


Update: October 15!

Full Immersion will be available on October 15. I apologize for the inconvenience. I want to be certain to provide you with my best. Thank you so much for your patience!

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In the meantime please consider this with me: Overthinking is the biggest cause of our unhappiness. Keep your mind off of things that don’t help you. No amount of guilt can solve the past, and no amount of anxiety can change the future.

Welcome to my blog! This is a new adventure for me. Let’s see what happens…here we go!

I have just completed my first book, Full Immersion. A dream of mine to share my story for many years has come true. My goal in doing so is to encourage caregivers (and teachers) as they try to consider their own needs while meeting the needs of others.

“Remember always that you have not only the right to be an individual; you have an obligation to be one. You cannot make any useful contribution in life unless you do this.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

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