11/25/19, Bittersweet



Hi Everyone,


As the holidays approach, most people are busy right now, and we’ll get busier. I worked hard on some editing (of a book) this week, adding and correcting research. I’m always very meticulous about the research in my books, and it’s a challenge to weave research, real history, and technical facts, into the story. It gives a book substance, and adds reality to fiction. In addition to that, I was getting ready for my children to come home for Thanksgiving. And a board meeting this week of the foundation established in my son Nick’s name to deal with mental health issues and suicide prevention. So I’ve been busy. And probably you too!!!


As the holidays roll around, they always make me think. On the surface, the feeling is one of excitement, happy times to share both on Thanksgiving and Christmas, traditions we love, and the people we love gathered around us, good times to share. Hopefully happy days that will make fond memories. But there’s a lot more to the holidays than that, and a darker side to them that I never forget. For every happy gathering and bright group of friends and families, there are people for whom the holidays are a challenge and not a happy occasion. People alone, or out of a job, or who have just lost a loved one, or have no families, families that struggle, and thousands of homeless people in all of our cities. For some, the holidays are an agony others can’t even imagine. I think of those people. And my heart goes out to them. I have had some hard holidays too, most of us have. And even the happiest families have their challenging times. The Thanksgiving two months after my son died was brutal, and Christmas that same year. I struggled to make it as best I could for my other children, but it was hard for us all, and the year their father died. Those things happen to us all, or the bad timing when something bad happens, like losing a job right before the holidays. None of us are exempt from the rough spots in life.


I remember a Thanksgiving when I was alone in a new city a long time ago, before I had my family. And I came across a quote from the Bible which touched me, “God places the solitary in families”. It was true for me, some kind people I hardly knew invited me to join them for Thanksgiving, and I was deeply grateful. I always remember that every year. If we have a joyful gathering and a full table, it’s nice to remember those who are alone and try to include them, or even to work with people in dire need on our streets and reach out to them. For every happy gathering, there is a lonely person somewhere, alone and perhaps in despair, whom we can make a real difference to.


I wish you all a joyful abundant truly happy Thanksgiving, with the people you love, and the friends you enjoy, and for those who are alone or struggling, they are not forgotten. I hope that each of us can make a difference to someone in need this Thanksgiving, with some large or small gesture that will warm them and give them hope.


With all my love and warmest thoughts, may it be a blessed holiday for all of you, and everyone you reach out to. Have a wonderful holiday and a terrific week.


love, Danielle



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4 Comments so far
  1. kuniharu shimizu November 25, 2019 6:22 pm

    I am from Japan. I am reading my first book of yours “The Right Time”. At the beginning of the book, there was a brief mention of haiku, and I got intrigued. I am a haiku poet and haiga (haiku+artwork/ photo) maker, and am showing my works on my blog. I would like to invite you to visit my blog and enjoy my haiga works. Thank you.

  2. Rob Scott November 28, 2019 7:41 am


    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Thank you for all the good you are doing and have done.

    God Bless us all.

    Truth, Wisdom, Love, and Sincerity,

    Rob Scott
    ABQ, NM

  3. Elaine November 30, 2019 6:42 pm

    Hello Danielle,

    I spent my Thanksgiving dinner with my family. Then I stayed up late at night reading Spy. I loved it. Felt like I was transported back to that era — the clothes, the make-up. I want to learn how to do my hair in a World War II roll.

    I had no idea that England sent its children to the countryside so early in the war. The book cover is beautiful!

    Regards, Elaine

  4. Mrs all chapman December 26, 2019 11:42 pm

    I am from England and currently reading the award.I have enjoyed your books for many years ,but having just discovered this site I had to say how much your words mean ,I lost my beloved husband to cancer earlier this year after 50 years of being together.I read about your own amazing life and realised what a strong person you must be to have come through so much .Words can affect people so much and inspire them too ,Thank you once again .kind regards alma