Wednesday, February 25, 2009

And then there were three...

It seems so long ago in some ways--good heavens, I didn't even have a computer when my youngest son was born! But in others, it's like the blink of an eye.
We named him Jeremy Sean because #1, we liked the Irishness of Sean, and #2, it was the only name we didn't fight about. For the first few weeks, we called our cotton-topped baby Jeremy. It was, after all, his name. But then, he somehow became, in the baby games my husband played with him, Jock O'Flaherty, and then, inexorably and irretrievably, Jocko. This is what he looked like.

He grew up, as they do, way too fast. His high school football careeer was one of the most fun things we experienced as parents. He was a running back and a kicker and a constant surprise.
Married to the woman I would have chosen for him if he'd let me (though it never occurred to him to even ask my opinion) and the father of Fionnegan, Jock is a source of pride and still a constant surprise. His birthday is February 26.

Happy birthday, Jock. Love you.

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy 60th Anniversary!

Harlequin's celebrating by giving away free books! Go to and get yours.

I can't speak for you, of course, but I grew up reading Harlequin Romances. I think I learned more geography between those paperback covers than I did in school! Not to mention about love and happily ever after and the empowerment of women, three of my absolutely favorite things. I can't begin to describe the thrill it was when they published The Debutante's Second Chance.

It was through Harlequin/Silhouette that I discovered Kathy Seidel, Nora Roberts, Muriel Jensen, Jackie Weger, and--the comfort read of all time--Betty Neels.
In my own celebration, my book of the month is any one written by the women listed above. You can't go wrong.
And guess what day this is! Yup, the biggest romance day of all. Happy Valentine's Day to you all and especially to Duane, my own hero.

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