Grace Notes #5 — Celebrating Spring!

Hello dear friends, new and old, of Grace Street,

Well, the exciting headline is: the ebook edition of Grace Street: A Sister’s Memoir of Grief & Gratitude will soon be ready to launch on Amazon!  The launch will be happening in May, and we are hoping that our supporters (like you, dear reader!) will help spread the word. Stay tuned for more information soon!

In the meantime, our Book Club Love sale is ongoing, and we have more events coming up in the next month or two.

A reminder that our Book Club Love sale continues until April 30th! Order 5 or more books directly at 15% off with free shipping, by going to (http://maureencallahansmith.com/), or by sending me an email at mcsmith@maureencallahansmith.com. That’s only $14.45 per book for signed copies for your book club, and a possible Meet with the Author!

Upcoming Grace Street Events:

May 21:

A Writer’s Evening at Turtle Studios’ Spring Open House, May 21, 2022 5-7pm, will include several of the studio’s wonderful writers as well as yours truly doing a reading from Grace Street.

June 16:

A reading, signing and sale at the Roasted Granola Café, Arlington MA, planned for Thursday, June 16th, from 6-8 pm.

June 22:

Northern Berkshire Hometown Launch: North Adams Public Library, Tentative Date:  Wednesday June 22, 2022, 6-8 pm,

And finally, in gratitude for all of your ongoing support for Grace Street, I want to share one of the poems from that time that didn’t make it into the book. This was originally published in a collection called Praying in Ink: Psalms of Letting Go.

Psalm II

I bow my head to the moss-covered earth,

and kneel to smell Your breath,

and rise to watch two ducks as they take flight,

calling Your name to the sky.

Now I join the community of all

who have lost those loves

they held most dear.

It is a timeless community

of survivors and glorifiers

and those who blame God.

Where shall I sit?

The icy air makes my tears for me now.

I walk when I cannot cry.

I walk to remember

and to forget

and to wonder:

Do You talk back to the ducks?

Do You hear our worried wonderings?

And are You,

as promised,

setting a table to greet her,

out beyond the wind?

—March 1999

Wishing you a Happy Easter, Passover, and Ramadan, and a beautiful Spring of reconnection and renewal, after these long, last two years.

                — Maureen         maureencallahansmith.com 

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