“On Christmas Avenue” out Sept. 21st from Hallmark Publishing Review + Giveaway!

“On Christmas Avenue” out Sept. 21st from Hallmark Publishing Review + Giveaway!

In just a couple of days it will officially be Autumn. Though we might still be in shorts and drinking iced tea because it’s Texas, I’m doing everything I can to pretend that we are moving very swiftly towards the holidays. In fact, we are less than 100 days until Christmas! Thanks to Hallmark Publishing, there are many new Hallmark stories available to put on your gift list this year, like the brand new On Christmas Avenue by New York Times bestselling author Ginny Baird. I’ve got all the scoop!

7 Things that make Your Kids Happy

7 Things that make Your Kids Happy

Every parent knows what they want for their children. Or at least they assume that they know and believe that they are educating them and preparing them for the future in order to achieve the planned objectives. But have you really thought about this?

Do not assume you know the answer. Take a simple exercise, spend a day thinking about the question: What do I really want for my children? There are days when we just want them to clean their rooms, do their homework, and sleep a good night’s sleep. In others, we delineate well-defined plans and begin to build what we consider to be the first foundations of their castles.

Coronavirus Pandemic Changes How Americans Mourn The Dead

CHICAGO — Tucked deep in the obituary for Charles Recka was an announcement that a Mass celebrating his 87 years of life “will be held at a later date.”

Such notices are increasing amid the coronavirus pandemic, as an untold number of burials around the globe go forward with nothing more than a priest, a funeral home employee and a single loved one.

While in some places, bodies of people who have died from COVID-19 are stacking up at hospitals and people are buried quickly in the clothes they died in, Recka’s death from an unrelated long illness tells a different story: One of families whose grief just happened to arrive amid a pandemic that has them terrified to even share a church pew with loved ones, let alone hug them.

Recka’s daughter, Dawn Bouska, sees no choice but to prevent her twin 11-year-old boys and their 14-year-old sister from getting any closer to their grandmother than the other side of the window at the senior living center where she lives.

Books to look forward to in 2020

Books to look forward to in 2020

Whether you’ve got big plans to travel the world in 2020 or intend to stay put, you’ll need a few good books to keep you company. All those hours waiting in airports, riding on trains, or spent tanning on beach loungers are always more satisfying and entertaining when filled with the written words. And if you happen to be home, but wish you could be elsewhere, the pages of a novel will provide the escapism you’re longing for. For those purposes (and more) we have selected 20 books being published in 2020 that will hit the spot, no matter where you are and what you’re doing. From historical fiction set in Ireland to a family saga in Norway, and nature writing in South Africa, these are the books most anticipated by Matador Network team this year.