VOX HUMANA celebrates the transforming power of love, friendship, family and shared human work. As a young woman Charlise Howard left rural western Pennsylvania with music in her soul only to spend... More > her career in Philadelphia as a job counselor helping others "find their voice." Force-retired at 59, Char feels spiritually and emotionally adrift as she moves back to her hometown of Hope. An encounter with a former classmate, Rob Sims now a priest assigned to the struggling Episcopal parish of her childhood, further shakes her assumptions about the choices that have led her to this point. At the keyboard of the historic parish pipe organ and as she helps spearhead a parish-based folk-weaving project to revitalize her dying community, Char learns to risk the love and fulfillment that have so long eluded her. VOX HUMANA is a powerful song of hope for those facing watershed moments in their lives and for generations struggling to reconnect with one another.< Less
Grief-stricken at the death of his wife and unborn child, Political Science Professor A. J. Ferinelli buries himself in his teaching and scholarly research...that is, until Math Instructor Sam... More > Pomerantz shows up accusing the Academic Dean of sexual harassment. Drawn into her quest for justice, A.J. finds himself caught up in a firestorm of intrigue, betrayal and violence that threatens to destroy the college and with it his faith in higher education itself as a community of learning. "Things change, stuff happens, death is just a matter of time. Inevitable. But not everybody lives. That choice is ours...and ours alone..." "A winner...Agria captures academia with knowledge and sensitivity. Characters show beautiful personal growth."< Less
Grief changes everything. Devastated by the loss of her beloved Adam, writer Eve Brennerman despairs of finding new ground upon which to rebuild her life. And then one wintery morning, Eve spots a... More > rusty junker stranded outside the nursery she has inherited from Adam. Fate? Or coincidence? "Woman, Mother, Widow. All true and yet those words do not define me. My life is a work in progress." And thus Eve starts out on a journey to bloom where she is planted. "A tender, intelligent, heartbreaking and joyous celebration of the circle of life and the seasons." (Sharon Lovejoy, best-selling author and illustrator of garden and nature books.) GARDEN OF EVE is the second novel in the LIFE IN THE GARDEN SERIES.< Less
Gardens are about growing and caring and learning new things every day. Gardening brings the generations together around the basic human instinct to grow. SECOND LEAVES, an unique introduction to... More > gardens and gardening by Mary Agria, the best-selling author of TIME IN A GARDEN, is really three books in one. It is a storybook about gardens and growing for young children. It is an early reader and beginning How-To Garden Guide, and finally, with the help of Bonus Material (Grandma Says), it serves as a more challenging horticultural learning tool for the early grades.< Less
A fascinating glimpse of RV culture, IN TRANSIT tells of a woman’s struggle to redefine what it means to be at “home” with herself in the face of the toughest challenges life has to... More > offer. The 3 years that Lib and her husband spend on the road in a motor home after selling their home are the happiest they have ever known. Widowed at 64 and “homeless” except for her RV, Lib moves in with her adult children——overwhelmed by an uncertain future. When she finds the strength to return to the campground on Michigan’s UP where her world as she knew it came so tragically to an end, it is not just to reclaim her vehicle but her hopes and dreams for independence. She discovers that even in that tiny community along the shores of Lake Michigan, she is not the only one facing transitions and in need of healing. As her personal journey becomes tied to the stories of those around her, Lib learns that she is capable of far more than just survival in the brave new world she is choosing for herself.< Less
Laced with gardening tips, wit and wisdom, TIME IN A GARDEN is an inspiring story of emotional and spiritual growth...for gardeners of all ages, for mothers and daughters, and anyone struggling to... More > bloom where they are planted.
Retired and in their sixties, Eve Brenneman and Adam Groft land in an unlikely Eden, helping a crew of senior citizens beautify their dying rural community by creating a perennial garden along an interstate offramp. Eve is widowed, estranged from her daughters. Adam has spent a lifetime avoiding relationships and expectations that he run the family nursery business. When Eve starts writing a garden column in the local county weekly, these unforgettable characters embark on a heartwarming, poignant journey to discover love and meaning and cope with growth and loss in the changing season of their lives.
In Eve’s words: "We all do battle with stony ground and unseasonable dry spells over the years. Though we may not call ourselves gardeners, it is the human experience."< Less