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Heart of a Hero

What is a hero-

In the Reluctant Warrior Chronicles, I write about heroes and heroines who fight demons. But what makes them heroes? Is it the way they face down the enemy on the battlefield? Is it because they reach out to help those around them, or rescue those in untenable situations? Is it because they rally together to encourage one another and carry each other through the toughest battles?

I think it’s all of the above and more.

Hero (noun)-






A hero can be something different to each person. They may be a warrior, a parent, a friend who is there for you, someone who takes care of you, a volunteer, or a survivor who has decided to no longer be a victim. They can be strangers or family, friends or lovers, male or female, young or old.

How do you define a hero?

That’s exactly what I want to find out. I’m starting a blog series titled “Heart of a Hero”. The purpose? To shine a light on those who make a difference in the lives of the people around them. To give credit to those who do so much, yet often fade into the background, working their goodwill and making sacrifices no one may ever know about. Using real people, I want to show, not just tell, what the true definition of hero is. I want to know what a hero is to you.



Starting April 1st and running all month, I want to share stories of not just my own heroes, but yours as well.

Twice a week, I’ll post about a hero of mine and tell you what makes them a hero to me. Maybe they were there for me when I needed someone most, maybe they’ve battled addiction or disease and won, or maybe they have sacrificed for myself and others. Whatever the reason, they are my heroes and I want the world to know.

Also in the posts, I will highlight one or two of your heroes. I want to know the people you look up to and admire and why. I want to know about those who make a difference in your life and the lives of others every day. I want real-life, everyday, unsung heroes.


All you have to do is email me at:, and tell me about your heroes. I want to know what makes them special, unique, and worthy of the title of hero. You can even include pictures if you like, just be sure to give me written permission for their use.


I look forward to hearing about the heroes in your life, and sharing about those in mine! 




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I’ll be Home for Christmas



The holiday season always takes me on an emotional roller coaster.

With my family spread across the country, often we aren’t all able to get together for the holidays.  It’s difficult being away from them, to say the least. Then when I think about those that are no longer here to celebrate with us at all, well, the tears take over and I can’t even bake cookies without getting all blubbery.

This year, it’s all hit me just a little harder than before. I even welled up watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation! (It’s a tradition with my family to watch it several times a year.)

So, I decided to fight back against the overwhelming ache.

I loaded up my baby sister’s Christmas CD (her beautiful voice and skilled touch on the ivories always makes me smile), I organized some of my favorite Christmas pictures from over the years, and I made a video. For just a little while, seeing the smiling faces of those with me mingled with those I miss lifted my spirits and took me back to the times when we were all able to get together.

I want to share it with you.

I know this is probably the shortest post I’ve ever written, but sometimes, just sometimes, pictures and music can say what my paltry words can’t get across.

I hope that all of you have a wonderful holiday season with whoever may be around you to celebrate. Treasure every moment, steal as many hugs and kisses as you can, and never forget the Reason for the season. He is always with us, especially when we feel alone and need Him most.

God bless you all. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!