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Ann McCauley is a Pennsylvania women's literature author, who wrote the books Runaway Grandma and Mother Love, both available for sale at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

April 2014
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Life is Good
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Posted by: Ann @ 3:19 pm

Two blog entries in one month…not bad for me! I’ve finished the final draft of my thesis, which is my next book. I’ll soon be formatting it to send to the program director, who will match it with an outside reader. My mentor informed me to be prepared since this would probably be only my first final draft. My Masters in Creative Writing is only a few weeks away. Woo Hoo!

I’ve read two more good novels, Francine River’s Her Mother’s Hope, and Sue Monk Kidd’s The Invention of Wing’s.We’ve become hooked on a couple great television shows on Sunday nights….Call the Midwives and Mr. Selfridges. Of course we are only biding our time for the next season of Downton Abbey! All of our faovrites seem to be on Public televison.

Last night we saw a weird movie, Her. Can’t really recommend it to anyone other than it was thought provoking and well acted.

During their spring break we were lucky grandparents to host our twelve and fifteen year old granddaughters; while their mother and older sister went on a mission trip to Haiti with a group from their church–they said it was life changing experience. Their dad visited often after work. We loved our time with the girls and had such a great time. They washed all our windows inside and out, did crafts and sewed gifts for their friends and cousins. The days flew by and I hated to send them home again, yet we were happy to have spent time with those well adjusted and sweet girls. Life goes on.

Tonight I’m hosting book club so it’s been a busy day of preparations.
Till next time, keep reading my friends.

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I hope it is truly Spring at last!
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Posted by: Ann @ 7:10 pm

Ive heard it said, “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” I hope it is also true that the road to heaven is paved with good intentions. I intended to write blog entries more often in 2014. But March slipped by without a single blog. I write this as the April showers pour outside my window.

I have been busy through this long cold winter spending time with family and friends, reading, watching movies and reading a few good books. Some of the good movies we’ve seen are: American Hustle, Philomena, Nebraska, Dallas Buyers Club, Love is All You Need, All is Lost and Twenty Feet From Stardom.

I re-read for the umpteenth time, Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s Gifts from the Sea, a short book of essays on motherhood, relationships and marriage. A wonderful read that I highly recommend it. It is one of my favorite books, I find a new nugget of wisdom with every reading.Yet, the first time I read it I was not impressed. My children were young and it went right over my head. Needless to say I’ve come full circle in my reading choices since then.

Mostly I’ve been immersed in finishing my thesis for my Masters in Creative Writing. It’s coming along well and I am now half way through the final draft. I am blessed to work with Nancy McKinley, PhD, a wonderful teacher and mentor.

I have also been busy in my spare time writing book reviews. My review of Kristin Hannah’s Winter Garden can be read on  (This is the book that solidified my strong desire to visit St. Petersburg, Russia–one of  the most memorable and beautiful places we’ve ever visited.)

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On Tuesday I am scheduled to go to WPSU studio in State College to record two book reviews for Bookmark, the community book review show.  I will review Todd McClimans’ Time Traitor, published by Northhampton House Press, 2014. And Barb Taylor’s Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night, published by Kaylie Jones Books, 2014.

Till next time, keep reading my friends.

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