Today, December 7, is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. During the early morning hours on that date in 1941, three hundred and sixty Japanese warplanes, in a surprise attack on our Hawaiian naval base, bombed and killed 2403 people.

In France during WWI, ninety nine years ago in December, the final days of the Battle of Verdun were being waged. German and French killed, wounded or missing during this horrific 10 month battle totaled 708,777.

This is the battle in which my main character Marie Durant Chagall in “The Lavender House in Meuse” was severely injured – mentally as well as physically.  And the story of her journey towards hope and renewal.

December is traditionally a month of hope. Our hope will only bring peace if we give generously of our love, our time, our money and our efforts. And how is this even possible? We are only able to achieve true peace if we choose to act everyday from a place of forgiveness and generosity.


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