08 Mar

  In the story of One of Seventeen, the main character Caitlin had a short romantic weekend that led to her marriage to James. Although they consummated their love and commitment before their wedding ceremony the day in the small chapel in Maryland, the book implies that they were wedded first. Because one publisher required that no pregnancy precede the wedding, the original story was tweaked. But on page 39, 3rd paragraph, it unveils the secret and the truth, and this was not an error in wording, but a hint that Caitlin and James were intimate before their…..

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One of Seventeen
21 Jan

I’m often asked why I wrote the fictitious story of One of Seventeen as an adopted blended family instead of the happy and secure family of seventeen children that I really grew up in the 1950s. I answered that I wanted to acknowledge the unfortunate tragedies that we as parents and children face alone because of the collapse of the family today. And the only way to do this was through blending today’s challenges and addictions around some hope and…..

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13 Mar

When I was growing up, there wasn’t much schooling about feelings and emotions, but more on academics like reading, writing, and math, etc. Learning all the usual school subjects are necessary requirements and we’re also taught about the history, which shows us how far we’ve come. Things haven’t changed that much today, and there’s not as much schooling about how to handle feelings and emotions as we need to manage our lives and to succeed as people. After all, we’re…..

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20 Feb

The outrage in the media over gun control and protective mental health to keep our children safe has affected us all. Schools now prepare by having practice drills to protect our children from shooters. We hope and pray the minute our children leave for school that God will watch over them. Today, we’ve learned to pray more. We have to.     As parents, we try our best to put ourselves in the places of those parents who’ve lost a…..

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30 Jan

  “We never know how our lives are intertwined, or when depression, sickness, or cancer can be growing in us when our minds are not connected to our hearts.”

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29 Jan

I’m thrilled to share with you that my new novel, Amelia, has just been published! I’m deeply honored by the publisher’s review on the cover:       “Indomitable, a force of nature, a survivor. These are just a few of the words that describe Amelia D’Angelico, the central character in this family drama. A lovely real story, told with warmth in a way that reaffirms how we make our way through. Nagle tells a story with real heart.” –…..

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30 Apr

Oprah Winfrey announced on her TV show that Marianne Williamson was lecturing on a Spiritual Journey through Oprah’s XM radio. Marianne invited anyone who had had a transformation from pain to peace in their lives to send their essay through Oprah.com. I went on the Oprah website and submitted my letter. This was my first letter I wrote directly from my heart. To my surprise and delight, my letter was selected from among the thousands and then beautifully read on…..

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14 Dec

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07 Dec

 Photo Credit: A piece of my father, Carmen DeNofa’s beautiful artwork, Suffer the Little Children to Come Unto Me, that once hung on the walls of Saint Martin of Tours Church.   With 23 years between my two children, I entered a different world in 1995 when my second child was born. As an old-schooled mom, I wasn’t familiar and grew terribly confused by the aggressive parenting style I encountered the second time around. But I continued raising my second…..

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27 Oct

“I am beginning to suspect all elaborate & special systems of education. They seem to me to be built upon supposition that every child is an idiot who must be taught to think. Whereas, if the child is left to himself, he will think more and better, if less showily. Let him come and go freely, let him touch real things and combine his impressions for himself…” ‒Helen Keller Those with a formal higher education who have earned degrees worked…..

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