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Writing… The Rear Seat Passenger

Although I am certainly loving life and genuinely happy spending moment after moment with those I love, it has been a tumultuous year thus far with lots of ups and downs. It struck me yesterday how my family and I have had more than a few challenges and are doing what we do very well, putting one foot in front of the other. I believe that 2016 may very well be remembered as a year that rang in with chaos but transformed into one filled with true joy and peace.(fingers crossed!)

Many of our favorite nouns (persons, places and things) have taken a back seat as we have dealt with one unforeseen circumstance after another. And yes, as you may have surmised, much of it has not been positive.

Here we are though, almost to the half way mark of the year, one that for me now signifies a new beginning. This marks the spot where I get back into writing and doing many of the other things that bring me happiness and peace. Promise fills the air as does the sunshine that is peaking through the blinds at the dawn of each new day. Life and the beauty and enjoyment of it all, is right there in front of me, in front of each of us.

It is time to get back to what we all love and cherish, back on track.

To starting-over again… Slainte!!

Falling Off the Grid…. and Loving It!!

If there is anything that I would like to share with my friends, it would be an idea or situation that speaks of peace, fulfillment and joy.

the grid

Well Friends,

I am more than a little excited about:

  1. Being off the grid!
  2. Having no one within a mile or so for every hour of every day for more than a few of those
  3. For being surrounded by nature
  4. For being free to do whatever I want, when I want … and finally…
  5. For knowing that those who love and care about me are happy that I am enjoying being me!   (and, not necessarily in that order)



Will be busy writing and relaxing and writing  and loving life and writing some more !


Ahhh, Life is Good!!

Book Signing at Silas Bronson Library


The Silas Bronson Library is sponsoring a ‘Book Signing by Local Authors’ event on Saturday April 25th, and I am thrilled to be part of this first time event in Waterbury. The event will be held on the Silas Bronson Library patio (weather permitting) between 10AM and 3PM.It will be a great opportunity to speak with local authors about their books and latest projects.

It’s also an innovative initiative by the staff at the Silas Bronson Library, with this being it’s first signing event with multiple authors coming together at the same time. It will be a great venue to purchase a variety of books by local authors and have them signed.

I am so happy to be included with this group of local authors and to have a chance to present To Dance in the Rain – A Mother and Daughter’s Journey of Hope and Healing a new group of readers in the Waterbury area.



ARCHANGEL AIRBORNE is about to set off on Mission XVII. The operation of each mission depends on private donations, so we could use your help in a variety of ways. We have reviewed previous clinic activity and have identified conditions most frequently seen at the clinics in the north and south. We have also made a list of the medications that we need to provide for those ailments and illnesses. The following is a list of medications that we need for our upcoming mission. Any meds that we are unable to collect and bring with us will need to be purchased in Haiti.

We would appreciate any donations of the following OTC meds:

Topical anti-fungals, vitamins for adults and children, vaginal antifungal creams (monistat), saline eye drops, topical cortisone creams, Tylenol for adults and liquid for children, antihistamines (Benadryl) capsules and liquid, anti-diarrheals (Imodium) and antibiotic ointments.

We could also use some: band-aids, steri-strips thermometers and crazy glue (medical duct tape)

Medications and supplies can be left in collection boxes in Stu’s office (St. Mary’s ED) as well as in Yellow Pod back room in St. Mary’s ED. Any monetary donations would also be greatly appreciated and help us defray the costs of our mission operations. Thank you so much.

You may also contact me and I would be more than happy to pick up any items that you may have to donate, either in the Waterbury or Litchfield County areas. Feel free to send a message in the FB inbox to make arrangements with me. Thanks! (Meci anpil!!)


Interview via streaming video



video online (1)Check out interview on ORTV : To Dance in the Rain – A Mother and Daughter’s Journey of Hope and Healing ….

This morning’s Crossroads Magazine was very nicely done. We are tremendously grateful to Stephanie Valickis and the Office of Radio and Television from the Archdiocese of Hartford for sharing our story.
ORTV Streaming video which includes our story can be seen at:

Author Talk, Book Signing & Celebration!

To Dance in the Rain – By Clare Keating

A Mother and Daughter’s Journey of Hope and Healing

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 Litchfield Community Center

421 Bantam Road Litchfield CT


Wednesday, April 30, 2014

7:00 p.m.

 Free & Open to Public

Wine, Cheese, Soft drinks & Light Desserts to be served


Author Clare Keating provides perspective and wisdom through the recounting of stories as they occurred in the wake of her daughter Alicia’s suffering a catastrophic brain injury, at the age of sixteen. This book is a ‘How To’ manual for adversity survival.

 In a matter of minutes life as you know it can change. A sudden and catastrophic event shatters the life of someone you love dearly. Something that you could never have imagined dealing with has just happened; you are called upon to do the impossible. As if by instinct, we know how to protect and care for the ones we love, particularly our children. Never doubt yourself and don’t ever give up; what you do will make all the difference in the world.

 Each chapter of To Dance in the Rain provides examples of actions as well as messages of hope for anyone facing such a turn of events.  An ER nurse of now 30 years, Clare has a first hand knowledge of the important role health care providers have in the healing process of the critically ill child as well as their family. As a mother she brings insights to encourage parents to always advocate for their children, and to never give up hope.

 To Dance in the Rain is available for $10.95 through the website: or by contacting Mary Grace Keating at Ceitinn Press: Phone 203-206-3280

                        *Register to attend by calling or emailing The Litchfield Community Center*


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