Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Did you hear what The Vatican Announced today? Guidelines for Cremation....

In 1939 when my maternal grandfather died in faraway Denmark a Catholic cremation was not an option. Transporting a body to Mexico was not an option either.  You can see the telegrams of some of the back and forth between The Catholic Church in Denmark and my family.

In the end the cremation was not accompanied by any Catholic support or ritual

Today The Vatican set the rules. Cremation OK but no scattering of ashes.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016


Historical Romance
Date Published:  September 2016

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Forbidden love between a warrior princess and an elite samurai makes for an adventure set during the early days of the Tokugawa shogunate. Join this couple in a race across 17th century Japan where political unrest has created dangerous ronin, civil uprisings, and war-ravaged castles. Caught in the middle of the struggle between Shogun's rise to rule and the old regime, this warrior princess is forced to battle for her life.
In the end, she must choose between family honor and her heart's desire.
Other Books by Laura Kitchell:

Lady of the Imperial City
Published: May 2015
Historical Romance

Love isn’t forbidden to Lady Kirei as long as it’s with a proper gentleman of Kyō and she doesn’t mind sharing him with his wife. Her provincial upbringing makes her socially unacceptable as a true wife, yet as a lady by birth and a court favorite, her position makes it impossible for her to seek a match below her station. She’s trapped.

When a nobleman of similar provincial upbringing arrives in town and becomes an instant favorite of the emperor, he is sent to Lady Kirei for tutoring on city ways. Lord Yūkan is smitten, but she’s not a conquest to be won. She’s a woman of substance and worth, and she’s off limits.

Despite his unrefined manners, Lord Yūkan’s aristocratic bloodline shows through his fine taste and quick mind. It doesn’t hurt that he’s handsome, too. As he begins to touch her heart, Lady Kirei is ever mindful that they can’t commit, especially when her uncle schemes to make her a consort to a prince.

Will her family’s honor relegate her to the shadow-life of a consort, or can love find a way?

About the Author

Laura Kitchell lives in Virginia. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Chesapeake Romance Writers. She lived in Japan as a child and has a love and respect for Japanese history and culture.

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Friday, September 2, 2016

From THE NEW YORKER . The Perilous Lure of the Underground Railroad Hardly anyone used it, but it provides us with moral comfort—and white heroes.

Fantastic article a good friend found where historical distortions are so perfectly exemplified. The Full Read is very worthwhile.

by Kathryn-schulz

....For one thing, far from being centrally organized, the Underground Railroad was what we might today call an emergent system: it arose through the largely unrelated actions of individuals and small groups, many of whom were oblivious of one another’s existence. What’s more, even the most active abolitionists spent only a tiny fraction of their time on surreptitious adventures with packing crates and the like; typically, they carried out crucial but banal tasks like fund-raising, education, and legal assistance. And while fugitives did often need to conceal themselves en route to freedom, most of their hiding places were mundane and catch-as-catch-can—haylofts and spare bedrooms and swamps and caves....


Kathryn Schulz joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 2015. In 2016, she won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing and a National Magazine Award for “The Really Big One,” her story on the seismic risk in the Pacific Northwest. Previously, she was the book critic for New York, the editor of the environmental magazine Grist, and a reporter and editor at the Santiago Times. She was a 2004 recipient of the Pew Fellowship in International Journalism and has reported from Central and South America, Japan, and the Middle East. She is the author of “Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error” (2010).

Friday, August 26, 2016

M.C.V. Egan

M.C.V. Egan is the pen name chosen by Maria Catalina Vergara Egan the author of The Bridge of Deaths. Catalina was born in Mexico City, Mexico in 1959, the sixth of eight children, in a traditional Catholic family. From a very young age she became obsessed with the story of her maternal Grandfather, Cesar Agustin Castillo, mostly the story of how he died. She only spent her childhood in Mexico. Her father became an employee of The World Bank in Washington D.C. From the early 1970s at the age of 12 she moved with her entire family to the United States.
Catalina was already fluent in Southern English as she had spent one school year in the town of Pineville, Louisiana with her grandparents. There she won the English award; ironically being the only one who had English as a second language in her class. In the D.C. suburbs she attended various private Catholic schools and graduated from Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland in 1977.
She attended Montgomery Community College, where she changed majors every semester. She also studied in Lyons, France at the Catholic University for two years. In 1981, due to an impulsive young marriage to a Viking (The Swedish kind, not the football player kind)  Catalina moved to Sweden where she resided for five years and taught at a language school for Swedish, Danish, and Finnish business people. She returned to the USA where she has been living ever since. She is fluent in Spanish, English, French and Swedish.
Maria Catalina Vergara Egan is married and has one son, who together with their five pound Chihuahua make her feel like a fulltime mother.   Although she would not call herself an Astrologer she has taken many classes and taught a few beginner classes in Astrology. This is one of her many past times when she is not writing or researching.
The Bridge of deaths is available intwo different editions as a FACTION with over 200 footnotes and as a fictional Novel with dataincorporated into the narrative.
The Defining Ways series book 1 DEFINED by OTHERS is also available.

The Bridge of Deaths
M.C.V. Egan lives in South Florida. she is fluent in four languages; English, Spanish, French and Swedish. From a young age became determined to solve the 'mystery' of her grandfather's death, she has researched this story for almost two decades. the story has taken her to Denmark, England and unconventional world of psychics.
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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Bridge of Deaths

5.0 out of 5 starsA deeply personal, meticulously researched, unique story.

on June 16, 2016

Format: Paperback

On August 15, 1939, the cabin of a US-built British aircraft caught on fire and crashed near a bridge in Denmark under mysterious circumstances. The pilot survived and all the passengers perished. The group of passengers on board included: a German corporate lawyer, two employees of Standard Oil of New Jersey, additional crewmember, an English Member of Parliament, and the grandfather of the author, M.C.V. Shortly afterward, World War II began.

Under a shroud of secrecy and mystery, the author embarked on a twenty-year labor of love of meticulous, copious research and interesting interviews in search of answers. This unique novel, which could easily fall under historical fiction, mystery, and memoir, introduces the reader to an interesting cast of characters that include, the author; Bill, a real man the author has never met; a fictional young woman named Maggie; and of course, a few psychics who specialize in past life regression. You’re in for quite a ride with this unique story!

Does the author solve the mystery? You’ll just have to read “The Bridges of Death” to find out. I heard there is a sequel in the works, which should make for an interesting read. I recommend this well-researched mystery romance about a little known historical event to readers of history, historical fiction, mystery, and autobiography. I look forward to more from this author.