8/18/2009 Several weeks ago my new book "Byron The Lonely Christmas Tree" was released by my publisher Tate Publishing and Enterprises. It is a story of a scrawny little tree who yearns to be chosen as someones Christmas Tree despite his disabilities. He finally is given his wish by way of a Christmas Miracle.
I have chosen to donate 10% of the proceeds of my book to the City Rescue Mission in Jacksonville, FL.
It is hard to believe it has been over one year since I lost my job to re-organization and yet to have found a replecement. I am still hopeful of replacing the job and have several opportunities which I hope will pan out. In the interim I have been blessed with the time and opportunity to finish a novel which I hope to submit next year along with two other children's books which I also penned this year. In addition I have had the opportunity to complete many paintings and pieces of shell art and surfer necklaces which I sell at craft fairs. I have also been blessed with the opportunity to surf a great deal with friends, stay involved with serving on the Executive committee of the First Coast chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, spend more time with my wife and family, and volunteer my time in the community.
I am thankful for those who have stood beside me and supported me with their friendship and prayers through this dificult times.
This year has had it's share of joys and heartaches. On the positive side, I turned 60 in December and don't feel it, we have been able to visit family, have four wonderful grandchildren, and three wonderful daughters, two sons and laws and one special beau of our other daughter. On a sad note, my mother passed away this summer. I will stay in touch and try and keep the faith.