Cane River Bohemia: Cammie Henry and her Circle at Melrose Plantation

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – It’s been a very surreal week for me, and while I don’t like to write about myself (except when I’m begging for books for my classroom library), how often does one publish a book, anyway?  Well, unless you’re Stephen King, and trust me, I’m not.  But, I was lucky enough to have LSU Press publish my first book which came out last week, and I want to tell you a little bit about it.

It’s a biography of a fascinating woman named Cammie Henry who, after her husband died in 1918 and left her a widow with eight children on a working cotton plantation in central Louisiana, she opened her home to writers and artists of the budding Southern Renaissance.  Cammie and her husband lived at Melrose Plantation on the Cane River, seventeen miles south of Natchitoches and there’s no doubt that the atmosphere there is infused with creativity and inspiration.

My book explores Cammie’s friendships and relationships with many of the people who came and worked there.  Every time I toured or visited her home (it’s a house museum now, owned by the Association of the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches), I was curious about Cammie and wanted to know more about her.

Books had been written about other famous women associated with the house, but not Cammie.  The house at Melrose was built by Louis Metoyer in 1832; Louis was the son of freed slave Marie Therese Coincoin.  Louis died before construction was finished and his son completed the house.  The story of Marie Therese is amazing, and she has been extensively researched by Gary and Elizabeth Shown Mills.  Their excellent book, The Forgotten People:  Cane River’s Creoles of Color, is simply fascinating.

After the Metoyer period, the house was bought by a neighboring family who held it until 1881. In 1884, it was bought by Joseph Henry who would later be Cammie’s father-in-law.

One of the Henry employees was renown primitive artist Clementine Hunter whose father worked for the Henry family.  Clementine came to Melrose as a teenager and later worked for Cammie Henry.  It was through the exposure to Cammie’s artist friends that Clementine, the story goes, picked up some abandoned paints one day and began to paint plantation life as she saw it.

The Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches held a ribbon-cutting event this past weekend for the Clementine Hunter house on the grounds of Melrose which has been preserved and restored exactly as it was when Mrs. Hunter lived and worked there.  There’s a terrific biography of Clementine Hunter with beautiful color plates of her work written by Art Shiver and Tom Whitehead.

So, tours of Melrose always talked about these three women: Marie Therese Coincoin, Cammie Henry, and Clementine Hunter, but there was no book about Cammie.  I wanted to know what a typical day at Melrose looked like when Lyle Saxon was sitting in his cabin typing his books out on his typewriter, sweltering in the heat, looking out over cotton fields.  I wanted to hear what Cammie and her mother talked about while sitting on the upstairs gallery looking over the Cane River.  I wanted to hear the laughter of the employees in the kitchen or in the gardens.  I wanted to sit with Cammie as she opened her volumes of mail each day.

Cammie’s archives at the Northwestern State University library in Natchitoches are amazing.  This women kept every piece of paper and ephemera she ever touched.  She corresponded with writers and booksellers all over the South in search of material for her library, which is extensive and holds many rare volumes and manuscripts.  Her daily mail was massive.

What I learned at the end of my research was that Cammie Henry was a dynamic woman, accomplished in gardening, (she had one of the premier gardens in the South on the grounds of Melrose); she was a librarian, a documentarian, a wife, a mother, a caretaker.  She was a preservationist before that was a cool thing to do.  She restored many abandoned cabins and had them moved to her property for visiting artists and writers.  She salvaged parts of homes that were to be demolished and used them at Melrose.  She rejuvenated the lost cottage industries of weaving and quilting and even grew Nankeen cotton and ramie to see how that would work in her weaving.  She raised her eight children with the exception of one son who died in 1918 of the Spanish flu.  And that tragedy is documented in her archives as well.

And through it all, though as I said this is a woman who kept everything she ever touched, there are no photographs or letters of her husband in her archives.  And that piqued my curiosity, too.

Well, I could go on and on, but I won’t.

I have a book launch event this week – my first ever and I’m nervous to the point of being terrified.  I want everyone to love Cammie and be as interested in her as I am!    But, no matter how the book goes over, I know that I’ve told her story.  It’s there now for anyone who wants to know about her and her life.  She was a dynamic and fascinating woman and I feel privileged that she chose me to tell her story.  (And she did – I’m not making that up, but that’s a story for another day!).

Shameless book plug:  get your copy of Cane River Bohemia either at Amazon or LSU Press!

 

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport and is the author of Cane River Bohemia: Cammie Henry and her Circle at Melrose Plantation.  Follow her on Instagram @patbecker25.

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – So much negative news this morning in the headlines…tension, anxiety, anger, and sadness (that limo crash in New York – awful!).

All this anger is one of the reasons I quit full-time political blogging a few years ago: I was mad all the time.  Frustrated because I couldn’t really change anything and nobody was listening.  Well, it’s not that so much as I was just preaching to the choir.  I could feel my anxiety and rage building every single day of the Obama presidency.  I had to walk away.  And guess what?  The world did not implode when I did!

At any rate, I really wanted to pull out some good news for you this morning to try and achieve some balance in perspective, so let’s try this.

I was happy to see that Johns Hopkins has announced a new research building to be named after Henrietta Lacks.  Finally!  You certainly are familiar with the story behind Rebecca Skloot’s groundbreaking book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, which told the story of Henrietta and her family.  Skloot’s book is terrific and I use it in my sophomore English classroom every year; my students are thoroughly engaged in the story and it sets us up for so many terrific debates on ethics and moral issues.  Sometimes it is difficult for kids to imagine a world before they were born and so as angry as they tend to become about what they see as an injustice done to Henrietta, they get a chance to learn about a different time in history where medical ethics were not dominated by HIPAA.

From Baltimore:

Johns Hopkins and descendants of the late Henrietta Lacks announced plans to name a new research building after Lacks in honor of her impact on science and medicine.

The new building will be built next to the Berman Institute of Biotechs’ Deering Hall and will support programs that “enhance participation with members of the community in mutually beneficial research opportunities.”

Groundbreaking on the building is scheduled for 2020 and is anticipated to have a 2022 completion date.

Henrietta Lacks was a young mother of five from eastern Baltimore County who, despite radiation treatment at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, died in 1951 of an aggressive cancer. Lacks was the source of the HeLa cell line that has been critical to numerous advances in medicine.

More good news:

It’s NOT good that there’s a new potential hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico, but it does make me happy that our Cajun Navy is already on top of it and while they are still working and volunteering in the Carolinas after Florence, they are mobilizing for any potential damage to come from Hurricane Michael.

I’m so proud of these guys and of my friend Rob Gaudet who works tirelessly on crowd funding to help people who lose so much during these storms.  If you can volunteer, donate, or help in any way with what these great people do, go here and let them know.

The Pelicans are coming back to Louisiana!  (Not a sports team – REAL pelicans!)

Drew Brees is pretty great!

The Books Along the Teche Literary Festival 2019 is looking VERY exciting!  Featured writer this year is Rebecca Wells!  Sign me up!

My mood is already lighter.  I’m feeling so inspired right now that I’m going to clean off my desk, box up some of my old research material for my now published book (I’ve been procrastinating this) and make room to start seriously working on my next book project.

 

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport and is the author of Cane River Bohemia: Cammie Henry and her Circle at Melrose Plantation.  Follow her on Instagram @patbecker25.

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – It’s a rainy, fall day here in Louisiana and we are one week away from fall break at school, and less than two weeks away from publishing day for my book, so my attention span is all over the map right now.  I have only some loose, disconnected thoughts for you this week:

The Kavanaugh Circus:  Ditto what Fausta said.  One hundred percent ditto.  Last I checked, her post had not received an Instalanche but it certainly should have.  Well done, Fausta!   For my part, I’m watching the hearings distantly and with disgust.  No wonder people are sick of politicians.

Education in Louisiana: We are accustomed to being at the bottom of every type of good-list in Louisiana (or at the top of The-Worst-Place to… lists), but it looks like our education rankings are fixing to take a blow.  When school letter grades come out on November 8, The Advocate reports that “the number of F-rated schools is expected to rise by 57 percent and those with A ratings drop by 38 percent, according to a 2017 analysis by the state Department of Education.”

It is, in fact, expected to be so bad that schools will receive two grades: one under the old system and one under the new in an attempt to soften the blow.

Meanwhile, Louisiana, like many other states, is facing a critical teacher shortage and while some suggest that pay is the problem, I would suggest that the Louisiana version of Common Core in the core subject areas is also playing a huge part in the vacuum of qualified teachers in this state.   Every ELA teacher I know has an exit plan: either hang on the few years to retirement or move from the classroom into either administration, library science, or counseling.  And the new teacher candidates aren’t coming.  They’re changing course.

This will get worse before it gets better.

Book Talk:  When people send new books to our Classroom Library Project, I try to read as many of them as I can if it is a title I haven’t read before.  My daughter sent Monica Wood’s The One-in-a-Million Boy to us and I just finished it yesterday.  What a stunningly beautiful book.   Her writing is exquisite and her characters so endearing…the plot is simple but complicated.  It is charming and I’m going to buy a copy for all of my friends for Christmas.  Go read it.  Now.

Speaking of the Classroom Library Project, a very nice lady shared our project on her social media this past week which resulted in a mini-flood of about a dozen books for our new classroom library!  My students were so excited as they dug through the new titles, thumbed the crisp new pages, and selected titles to read.  The generosity of strangers can be so heartwarming!

And finally, my own book will be published on October 10.  Cane River Bohemia is a biography of Cammie Henry who had an artists and writers colony at her plantation home in central Louisiana during the 1920s and ‘30s.  She was a remarkable woman and hosted such luminaries of the day as Lyle Saxon, Sherwood Anderson, Alberta Kinsey, Doris Ulmann, Julia Peterkin, Ada Jack Carver, and Caroline Dormon.  She was also the employer of folk artist Clementine Hunter.  Cammie was an early preservationist and restored not only her plantation home, but other cabins and structures on her property.  Additionally, she salvaged parts of other homes and brought them to her own.  Her archival collection at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana is filled with original manuscripts sent to her by all types of writers, famous and not famous, for her examination.

I’m incredibly nervous about the book because I want everyone to love Cammie as much as I do.  People keep telling me to relax and enjoy it, that the hard work is done, but that’s so much easier said than done.

I will work on this!

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport and is the author of Cane River Bohemia.  Follow her on Instagram @paustin25.

Catholic Blogger Kathleen Billings

I speak to Catholic Author and Catholic Blogger Kathleen Billings about the Book Amazing Grace for Mothers at the 2018 Catholic Marketing Network in Lancaster PA

Her Own blog Seasons of the Heart and Home is here. She also writes for Catholic Mom.com

You can buy Amazing Grace for Mothers Here.

I saved Kathleen’s story for last among the non-priest authors because I found her in a place full of absolutely amazing people the most amazing of all. She is clearly still affected by her young son’s sudden unexpected death and the grief is visible within her but at the same time her love of Christ and of life is also clearly visible and shines though at the same time.

I dream of having a faith and a joy as strong as her’s


The 2018 Catholic Marketing Network Interview Bloglist (so far)

Sept 25th Voices of CMN 2018 Catholic Blogger Kathleen Billings Contributing Author: Amazing Grace For Mothers

Sept 24th Voices of CMN 2018 Alan Napleton of Viva Guadalupe and Head of the Catholic Marketing Network

Sept 23rd Voices of CMN 2018 Blythe Kaufman of the Children’s Rosary

Sept 22nd Voices of CMN 2018 Kevin O’Neil Author: LEGO Catechism of the Seven Sacraments

Sept 21st Voices of CMN 2018 Julia Miller of FreshRosary.com

Sept 20th Voices of CMN 2018: Fr Leo Pucelli of Holy Cross Family Ministries

Sept 19th Voices of CMN 2018 Kathy Labosh Author: The Child with Autism Learns about Faith

Sept 18th Voices of CMN 2018 Francine Calabrese Author: The Little Brown Scapular Coloring Book

Sept 17th Voices of CMN 2018 (and the Front Seat of My Car) Susan Joy Bellavance Author of King of the Shattered Glass and Will you Come to Mass?

Sept 16th Voices of CMN 2018 Pete Socks Breadbox Media Catholic Podcasting

Sept 15th Voices of CMN 2018 Mary Radford of Relevant Radio

Sept 14th Voices of CMN 2018 Karnen Saum of Viva Guadalupe and CMN

Sept 13th Voices of CMN 2018 Peter Kleponis Author Restoring Trust a Couples Guide to getting past porn

Sept 11th Voices of CMN 2018 Mary Lou Rosen Author Three Things Divorced Catholics Need to Know

Sept 10th Voices of CMN 2018 Mariana Quan CCC of America on their Animated Series Lukas Storyteller

Continue reading “Voices of CMN 2018 Catholic Blogger Kathleen Billings Contributing Author: Amazing Grace For Mothers”

I speak to Author Peter Kleponis about his book Restoring Trust a Couples Guide to getting past porn at the 2018 Catholic Marketing Network Trade Show in Lancaster PA

You can buy the book here


The 2018 Catholic Marketing Network Interview Bloglist (so far)

Sept 13th Voices of CMN 2018 Peter Kleponis Author Restoring Trust a Couples Guide to getting past porn

Sept 11th Voices of CMN 2018 Mary Lou Rosen Author Three Things Divorced Catholics Need to Know

Sept 10th Voices of CMN 2018 Mariana Quan CCC of America on their Animated Series Lukas Storyteller

Continue reading “Voices of CMN 2018 Peter Kleponis Author Restoring Trust a Couples Guide to getting past porn”

I spoke to Author Mary Lou Rosen about her book: The Three Things Divorced Catholics Need to Know< at the 2018 Catholic Marketing Network Trade Show in Lancaster PA

You can buy her book here

Update: Code got corrupted but I wasn’t home to spot its, It was part of a bigger blog problem that is now fixed so I’m reposting it today


The 2018 Catholic Marketing Network Interview Bloglist (so far)

Continue reading “Voices of CMN 2018 Mary Lou Rosen Author The Three Things Divorced Catholics Need to Know”

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – Some random thoughts this week:

Book Reviews:  I’ve finished reading two books this week: What the Dog Knows by Cat Warren, and Educated by Tara Westover.  Both have been books that leave what I call a book-hangover, which is to say that they were both so good that it’s been difficult to get into another book immediately after.  Cat Warren’s book about her work and training with her cadaver dog, Solo, is a thoroughly researched and engaging story.  It’s not your sentimental dog tale where you need a box of tissues at the end.  Not that kind of book – you are safe.  I learned so much about the science of dogs and scent and about how handlers train and work with these dogs.  Warren’s dry humor, quick wit, and solid science make this a thoroughly engaging read.

Tara Westover’s memoir, Educated, is a heart-wrenching story about her very unconventional childhood.  Westover was home-schooled in the loosest sense of the word and never set foot in a classroom until she was seventeen years old. Her father, most likely mentally ill, is a survivalist and the Westover children spent their days stocking the root cellar for the End of Days and working their father’s scrapyard. Their mother is an herbalist and midwife and her essential oils and other cures were used to treat all of the family’s injuries including third-degree burns and loss of fingers.  To escape the abuse of her older brother and to make her own way in life, Tara buys a math book and an ACT practice book, teaches herself math, and gets into Brigham Young University.  She doesn’t stop there.  I could not put this book down and now I can’t quit thinking about it.

Speaking of Education:  As you may remember, my students are participating in free-choice reading this semester.  I started building a classroom library last spring and through my Amazon Wish List and my own weekly trips to thrift stores and second-hand book shops, we now have just over 300 unique titles (plus some duplicates) in our classroom.  I’ve been giving updates on my blog about their progress but the short version is that so far, here at the end of week four, this is a success.  I have students that have read multiple books now.  They are writing about what they are reading and they are talking with me about their books.  Even better, they are asking me for suggestions for their next books as well as giving me titles to add to our Wish List!  Keep in mind, most of my students came into my classroom telling me that they don’t read for pleasure and could not remember the last book they read outside of required school texts.  It’s still early in this project, but I’m really encouraged by what I’m seeing in my classroom every day!  It’s very exciting to watch!

Still Speaking of Education:  It’s an election time in Louisiana and our governor is proposing a teacher pay raise.  John Bel Edwards is up for re-election in 2019 so it’s apparently time to get the teachers on board.  He thinks a $1,000 annual pay raise will do it.  Let me make this very clear:  he can give me whatever pay raise he wants to but until he returns teacher autonomy to the classroom and abandons canned, scripted lessons, I’m not voting for him.  Period.  Call me a single-issue voter, I don’t care. I.Don’t.Care.

Hurricane Gordon:  The tropical storm we were watching last week turned and fizzled.  This is not a bad thing necessarily but now officials are worried about giving too many false warnings:

Louisiana officials declared an emergency, called out the National Guard, shuttered schools and closed courthouses as Tropical Storm Gordon drew near, but the weather system bucked east and left the Pelican State unscathed.

Such false alarms are the cost of a robust emergency response system, scientists and government officials said Wednesday. Some worried residents could become desensitized to future alerts.

“People think they’re getting over-warned,” said meteorologist Frank Revitte of the National Weather Service’s Slidell office, which issues forecasts for southeastern Louisiana.

I think I’d rather have the warning than not.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport and is the author of Cane River Bohemia: Cammie Henry and her Circle at Melrose Plantation.  Follow her on Instagram @patbecker25.

I speak to Author Timothy Tansey about his wife Linda Tansey’s Children’s book Fruits of the Spirit at the 2018 Catholic Marketing network Trade show in Lancaster PA

After the interview he shared a glimpse of some sample stuffed “fruits” toys associated with the book

You can buy the book here,

The web site is here


The 2018 Catholic Marketing Network Interview Bloglist (so far)

Sept 9th Voices of CMN 2018 Timothy Tansey: Fruits of the Spirit

Sept 8th Voices of CMN 2018 Janet Morana of Priests for Life Author Shockwaves

Sept 7th Voices of CMN 2018 Geri Guadagno Author: John of the Smiles

Sept 6th Voices of CMN 2018 Donna Heckler Author Living Like a Lady When you Have Cancer

Sept 5th Voices of CMN 2018 Dennis McGeehan Author: The Diaries of Joseph and Mary

Sept 4th Voices of CMN 2018 Carmela Martino Author: Playing by Heart

Sept 3rd Voices of CMN 2018 Barbara Golder Author: Dying for Compassion

Sept 2nd Voices of CMN 2018 Barbara Kudwa Author of Finding God Anew

Sept 1st Voices of CMN 2018 Anne Feaster Co-Author of Spiritual Deceptions

Aug 31st Voices of CMN 2018 AJ Cattapan Author 7 Riddles to Nowhere

Aug 30th Voices of CMN 2018 Virginia Lieto Author Finding Patience

Aug 29th Voices of CMN 2018 Tony Agnesi: Author: A Storytellers Guide to Joyful Service

Aug 28th Voices of CMN 2018 Steven Ryan Author The Madonna Files and Mystic Post blog

Aug 27th Michael Manley Author: The Resurrection Network

Aug 26th Voices of CMN 2018 Maurice Prater Author: Saved by the Alphabet

Aug 25th Voices of CMN 2018 Catholic Author Marge Fenelon

Aug 24th: Voices of CMN 2018 Linda Rose Author: Strength for your Journey

Aug 23rd Voices at CMN 2018 Kevin Rush Author: The Lance and the Veil

Aug 22nd Voices of CMN 2018 Kendra Von Esh Author: Am I Catholic

Aug 21st Voices of CMN 2018 Jennifer Angelle Hugs from Heaven

Aug 20th Voices of CMN 2018 John and Claire Grabowski Authors of One Body

Aug 19th Voices of CMN 2018 Fr. Bill McCarthy Author: God Bless America

Aug 18th Voices of CMN 2018 Fr. Chris Alar Author: After Suicide

Aug 17th Voices of CMN 2018 Dr Hellen Hoffner Author Catholic Traditions and Treasures

Aug 16th Voices of CMN 2018 Chris Faddis Author: It is well Life in the Storm

Aug 15th Voices of CMN 2018 Bud McFarlane and Ginny Mooney on the Messiah mini series

Aug 14th Voices of CMN 2018 Virginia Pillars Author Broken Brain Fortified Faith

Aug 13th Voices of CMN 2018 David Tittle Musicians for Life new CD “It’s a Life”

Aug 12th Voices of CMN 2018 Novena for Our Nation Starting Aug 15th & Rosary Coast to Coast Oct 7th

Aug 11th Voices at the 2018 CMN Moria Noonan Co-Author: Spiritual Deceptions

Aug 10th Voices of CMN 2018 Lesliea Wahl Author: An Unexpected Role

Aug 9th Voices of CMN 2018 Gerard Hasenhuetti Compassionate Capitalism The Intersection of Economic Growth and Social Justice

Aug 8th
Voices at CMN 2018 Ruth Apollonia Author of Annabelle of Anchony

Voices at CMN 2018 Kimberly Cook My Hand in Yours Yours in Mine Catholic Authors

Aug 6th Voices at CMN 2018 August Turak Author: Brother John: A Monk, a Pilgrim and the Purpose of Life

Aug 5th Voices at CMN 2018 Fr. Edward Looney Author A Heart Like Mary’s

Aug 4th: Karina Fabian of the Catholic Writers Guild or A Preview of Blogging Attractions


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I speak to Janet Morana of Priests for Life about her book Shockwaves at the 2018 Catholic Marketing Network Trade show in Lancaster PA

Priests for Life web site is here You can buy the book here.


The 2018 Catholic Marketing Network Interview Bloglist (so far)

Sept 8th Voices of CMN 2018 Janet Morana of Priests for Life Author Shockwaves

Sept 7th Voices of CMN 2018 Geri Guadagno Author: John of the Smiles

Sept 6th Voices of CMN 2018 Donna Heckler Author Living Like a Lady When you Have Cancer

Sept 5th Voices of CMN 2018 Dennis McGeehan Author: The Diaries of Joseph and Mary

Sept 4th Voices of CMN 2018 Carmela Martino Author: Playing by Heart

Sept 3rd Voices of CMN 2018 Barbara Golder Author: Dying for Compassion

Sept 2nd Voices of CMN 2018 Barbara Kudwa Author of Finding God Anew

Sept 1st Voices of CMN 2018 Anne Feaster Co-Author of Spiritual Deceptions

Aug 31st Voices of CMN 2018 AJ Cattapan Author 7 Riddles to Nowhere

Aug 30th Voices of CMN 2018 Virginia Lieto Author Finding Patience

Aug 29th Voices of CMN 2018 Tony Agnesi: Author: A Storytellers Guide to Joyful Service

Aug 28th Voices of CMN 2018 Steven Ryan Author The Madonna Files and Mystic Post blog

Aug 27th Michael Manley Author: The Resurrection Network

Aug 26th Voices of CMN 2018 Maurice Prater Author: Saved by the Alphabet

Aug 25th Voices of CMN 2018 Catholic Author Marge Fenelon

Aug 24th: Voices of CMN 2018 Linda Rose Author: Strength for your Journey

Aug 23rd Voices at CMN 2018 Kevin Rush Author: The Lance and the Veil

Aug 22nd Voices of CMN 2018 Kendra Von Esh Author: Am I Catholic

Aug 21st Voices of CMN 2018 Jennifer Angelle Hugs from Heaven

Aug 20th Voices of CMN 2018 John and Claire Grabowski Authors of One Body

Aug 19th Voices of CMN 2018 Fr. Bill McCarthy Author: God Bless America

Aug 18th Voices of CMN 2018 Fr. Chris Alar Author: After Suicide

Aug 17th Voices of CMN 2018 Dr Hellen Hoffner Author Catholic Traditions and Treasures

Aug 16th Voices of CMN 2018 Chris Faddis Author: It is well Life in the Storm

Aug 15th Voices of CMN 2018 Bud McFarlane and Ginny Mooney on the Messiah mini series

Aug 14th Voices of CMN 2018 Virginia Pillars Author Broken Brain Fortified Faith

Aug 13th Voices of CMN 2018 David Tittle Musicians for Life new CD “It’s a Life”

Aug 12th Voices of CMN 2018 Novena for Our Nation Starting Aug 15th & Rosary Coast to Coast Oct 7th

Aug 11th Voices at the 2018 CMN Moria Noonan Co-Author: Spiritual Deceptions

Aug 10th Voices of CMN 2018 Lesliea Wahl Author: An Unexpected Role

Aug 9th Voices of CMN 2018 Gerard Hasenhuetti Compassionate Capitalism The Intersection of Economic Growth and Social Justice

Aug 8th
Voices at CMN 2018 Ruth Apollonia Author of Annabelle of Anchony

Voices at CMN 2018 Kimberly Cook My Hand in Yours Yours in Mine Catholic Authors

Aug 6th Voices at CMN 2018 August Turak Author: Brother John: A Monk, a Pilgrim and the Purpose of Life

Aug 5th Voices at CMN 2018 Fr. Edward Looney Author A Heart Like Mary’s

Aug 4th: Karina Fabian of the Catholic Writers Guild or A Preview of Blogging Attractions


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I speak to Donna Heckler about her book: Living Like a Lady When you Have Cancer At the 2018 Catholic Marketing Network Trade show in Lancaster PA

This is the type of thing we guys would never think of but is something vital for the well being of many ladies

Her web site is here

You can buy her book here


The 2018 Catholic Marketing Network Interview Bloglist (so far)

Sept 6th Voices of CMN 2018 Donna Heckler Author Living Like a Lady When you Have Cancer

Sept 5th Voices of CMN 2018 Dennis McGeehan Author: The Diaries of Joseph and Mary

Sept 4th Voices of CMN 2018 Carmela Martino Author: Playing by Heart

Sept 3rd Voices of CMN 2018 Barbara Golder Author: Dying for Compassion

Sept 2nd Voices of CMN 2018 Barbara Kudwa Author of Finding God Anew

Sept 1st Voices of CMN 2018 Anne Feaster Co-Author of Spiritual Deceptions

Aug 31st Voices of CMN 2018 AJ Cattapan Author 7 Riddles to Nowhere

Aug 30th Voices of CMN 2018 Virginia Lieto Author Finding Patience

Aug 29th Voices of CMN 2018 Tony Agnesi: Author: A Storytellers Guide to Joyful Service

Aug 28th Voices of CMN 2018 Steven Ryan Author The Madonna Files and Mystic Post blog

Aug 27th Michael Manley Author: The Resurrection Network

Aug 26th Voices of CMN 2018 Maurice Prater Author: Saved by the Alphabet

Aug 25th Voices of CMN 2018 Catholic Author Marge Fenelon

Aug 24th: Voices of CMN 2018 Linda Rose Author: Strength for your Journey

Aug 23rd Voices at CMN 2018 Kevin Rush Author: The Lance and the Veil

Aug 22nd Voices of CMN 2018 Kendra Von Esh Author: Am I Catholic

Aug 21st Voices of CMN 2018 Jennifer Angelle Hugs from Heaven

Aug 20th Voices of CMN 2018 John and Claire Grabowski Authors of One Body

Aug 19th Voices of CMN 2018 Fr. Bill McCarthy Author: God Bless America

Aug 18th Voices of CMN 2018 Fr. Chris Alar Author: After Suicide

Aug 17th Voices of CMN 2018 Dr Hellen Hoffner Author Catholic Traditions and Treasures

Aug 16th Voices of CMN 2018 Chris Faddis Author: It is well Life in the Storm

Aug 15th Voices of CMN 2018 Bud McFarlane and Ginny Mooney on the Messiah mini series

Aug 14th Voices of CMN 2018 Virginia Pillars Author Broken Brain Fortified Faith

Aug 13th Voices of CMN 2018 David Tittle Musicians for Life new CD “It’s a Life”

Aug 12th Voices of CMN 2018 Novena for Our Nation Starting Aug 15th & Rosary Coast to Coast Oct 7th

Aug 11th Voices at the 2018 CMN Moria Noonan Co-Author: Spiritual Deceptions

Aug 10th Voices of CMN 2018 Lesliea Wahl Author: An Unexpected Role

Aug 9th Voices of CMN 2018 Gerard Hasenhuetti Compassionate Capitalism The Intersection of Economic Growth and Social Justice

Aug 8th
Voices at CMN 2018 Ruth Apollonia Author of Annabelle of Anchony

Voices at CMN 2018 Kimberly Cook My Hand in Yours Yours in Mine Catholic Authors

Aug 6th Voices at CMN 2018 August Turak Author: Brother John: A Monk, a Pilgrim and the Purpose of Life

Aug 5th Voices at CMN 2018 Fr. Edward Looney Author A Heart Like Mary’s

Aug 4th: Karina Fabian of the Catholic Writers Guild or A Preview of Blogging Attractions


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