6/28/21, Apologies



Hello Everyone,


I owe you a profound apology. For the last few weeks, time got away from me, as never before. As you know, I didn’t see any of my children for nearly 15 months while staying in France, to be as safe as possible from Covid, and living three long lockdowns where I was. As a result, I didn’t see my children, and was finally able to visit them for the last seven weeks. I was able to spend time with each of them, my children who live on the West Coast and the East Coast. I’ve been travelling now for nearly two months to see them, and spend time with them. I put just about everything else aside to do so, and I owed them that focus after being away from them for so long.


There was a certain degree of culture shock being back in the States, it seemed very different than when I left, right before the pandemic, and like every other country in the world, there was a sense of still recovering from an intense crisis, and nearly a year and a half of anxiety and trauma. I think it has marked us all, kind of a feeling of shock that this could happen at all. While making history, we were living it, and it takes a toll. I think I was suffering from a certain degree of Post Trauma myself, after being isolated and confined so often and for so long. It seemed safer not to travel, but one pays a high price from being away from one’s family for so long. I am relieved and proud to say that my children handled it responsibly and well.


It was also interesting to be in the States as cities opened and were declared no longer on emergency status. There was a feeling of jubilation and celebration that I wasn’t fully ready for yet. It seems still soon to eat at indoor restaurants, and I stuck to outdoor restaurants with open air terraces, which felt safer to me. The atmosphere was jubilant in New York, where I spent three weeks. It’s a busy crowded city in normal times and seemed even more so as the pandemic winds down. But even though the risks are dwindling, the dangerous variants are still among us, many people are not vaccinated, and it feels a little early to me to be so fast to put it behind us. I still wore a mask indoors and outdoors, and one visit to a crowded department store worried me so I left. I still want to be cautious for a while.


Once back in Europe, things are opening rapidly there too, though it’s not quite as free as the States, and approaching total freedom gradually, as the number of people vaccinated increases.


I met all of my children’s new puppies, and enjoyed visiting their busy lives. I felt like the Ghost of Christmas Past for a while, and then I adjusted. It was the greatest gift in the world to be with them again. And we will meet again for a vacation this summer. This was just a much needed prelude to that.


So I am very, VERY sorry that I’ve been ‘off’ for four weeks. I’m back, and I hope you’ll forgive me for being a no-show while I was catching up with my kids. I hope you’re all well, and that your lives are returning to normal too. I’ll be back at my blog again next week, and in the meantime, I have some writing to do. Have a great week!!


with much love, Danielle

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5 Comments so far
  1. Mary June 28, 2021 8:54 pm

    I am so very happy for you that you were able to see and visit your children. But I did miss your blog and welcome you back. Stay healthy and safe.

  2. Elaine June 29, 2021 6:13 pm

    Hi Danielle,

    No apologies necessary! I’m so glad you’re back in the States and that you are reunited with your family!!! I checked often to see if you were writing your blog, and I am so happy that you are blogging again!



  3. Angela McCrone June 30, 2021 3:30 pm

    Thankyou for your wonderful books ,They have kept me going all during the pandemic. l am glad
    that you and your family are staying safe .Angela

  4. Charlott Lormand Burnside July 1, 2021 12:55 pm

    I have signed up for your Newsletters several times & I still do not get them. I signed up again today. I am a long time reader of all your books & I have collected all of them in hardback. I love & enjoy all your books.

    I am so happy that you got to visit your children. I hope you had a wonderful time with them. GOD Bless you & GOD be with you & your family always.

    Charlott Lormand Burnside

  5. Belinda Kay Brinkman July 4, 2021 7:27 am

    I just finished reading Finding Ashly, it was an ok story, but the Tradgedy of being 15 years old, unwed, and pregnant was truly not touched.
    It was good to bring up the Catholic church, and it’s role in adoptions for a “Fee”, but the True, Lifelong tragedy lies with the Child that gives birth at such a young age, and gives that baby up for adoption. The tragedy lasts for the Lifetime of the young mother.The Mother of a young girl that gets pregnant, especial!y in early 1970’s, truly did make the tragedy Worse, by her reaction to her daughter’s pregnancy. It actually Is a Double tragedy for the 15 year old that not only endures the pain for life, of giving her baby up, but the hate she endures From her Mother Also, for a Lifetime is very painful.