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Kim Michele Richardson resides in the rolling hills of Kentucky.

Her book, The Unbreakable Child: A memoir about forgiving the unforgivable is a riveting journey inside the secretive underbelly of the St. Thomas Saint Vincent Orphan Asylum in rural Kentucky. It is the first book in the US to confront the institutionalized abuse suffered by thousands of orphans at the hands of Catholic nuns and a priest over these last decades. It also documents the first court-awarded justice from an order of nuns for the author, her sisters and forty-two other former children from that orphanage. It is the first book in the U.S. to confront the brutal and heartbreaking institutionalized abuse suffered by thousands of orphans at the hands of Catholic nuns and priests over these last decades. It is also the first of its kind to address nun (female clergy) abuse in the U.S.

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Epic Inspiration From Hollywood Icon

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 1:26 PM

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Three weeks ago my husband took me to a signing for producer Jerry Bruckheimer's book, When Lightning Strikes -- Four Decades of Filmmaking. No matter how long the line, there was never a question we wouldn't enjoy every...

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Fall Into Reading With These Shiny Apple Picks

(1) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 9:55 AM

Looking for Me is the latest novel from best-selling author Beth Hoffman -- and is a compelling journey about young antique restorer and Kentucky farm-girl Teddi Overman and the mysterious disappearance of her brother. Looking for Me draws us into the complexity of finding love, hope and redemption amidst crushing...

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Finding Your Paradise Vacation and Fine Cuisine on the Backroads

(1) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 6:02 PM

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Sometimes we find diamonds in hidden places -- treasures so unique, unspoiled and deliciously gorgeous -- we want to keep them secret and not share. Then again, wonderful jewels kept in darkness never dance with the light or bring joy to anyone. I stumbled...

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Three Graves Full of Glowing Accolades

(0) Comments | Posted November 29, 2012 | 5:38 PM

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There is something to be said about a writer who can craft prose of macabre beauty and wit and weave it into a masterpiece mystery. So it is with Jamie Mason's debut, Three Graves Full. From the opening line to its clever...

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Teen's Garden Will Coax the Hallelujah From Your Lips

(16) Comments | Posted July 31, 2012 | 12:17 PM

I've always felt closest to God, or whomever you perceive God to be, when I'm among nature's splendor. And always, I've gained a powerful understanding of spirituality when I'm immersed in landscapes, whether standing on a mountain, dipping my toes in a cold creek, sitting in a Morning Glory and...

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Summer's Sizzling Southern Fiction

(14) Comments | Posted June 5, 2012 | 2:31 PM

Summer has me thinking of tea-sipping days under the shade of a blooming, pink-cotton-puffed mimosa, and the plethora of Southern literature that I treat myself to. Don't get me wrong, I'm eclectic about my reads, diving into anything, whether it be the classics, memoirs, mysteries, thrillers, dystopian and more. But...

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NYC Second Avenue Subway Sinatra Says Don't Die With Your Story Unsung

(1) Comments | Posted April 4, 2012 | 4:04 PM

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Like millions of others, I first learned about the NYC Second Avenue Subway Sinatra, Gary Russo, on August 1st 2011 when the Huffington Post ran an article, and then I saw him on Good...

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Catching The White Horse Pandemic

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Alex Adams' debut, White Horse, is the first in a brilliant trilogy which will no doubt be ranked among the great fantasy novels. Weaving together complex and intriguing characters and exquisite prose, the author skillfully draws you into a world turned ghastly by the White Horse pandemic.

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A Habit Forming Mystery Series

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2012 | 9:35 PM

It's been over a year since we first met, Giulia Falcone, the innocent and charming nun who jumped the convent walls. She is author, Alice Loweecey's, heroine in the Falcone & Driscoll Investigation series. The author's first book was FORCE OF HABIT, a mystery where Giulia adjusts to...

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Sacred Teacher and Student Trust in a Fairy Tale World

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2011 | 5:30 PM

The Kingdom of Childhood, by Rebecca Coleman, is a gripping novel, full of suspense and psychological insight into a woman's first adulterous behavior, laddering up to statutory rape, and finally the shocking decent into insanity.

Kindergarten teacher Judy McFarland's life is slowly unraveling. She and her husband no...

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Simplicity, the Greatest Gift

(3) Comments | Posted December 1, 2011 | 11:42 AM

Recently I took a train excursion. An adorable farm couple seated themselves across from me. Both seemed a bit uncomfortable, wore shy smiles, and spoke quietly as we passed through the mountains together.

I could gauge that the farm woman had probably insisted her husband spiff-up in his "Sunday Best"...

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Penn State, Citadel in SC, Syracuse Univ.: The Emperor's New Clothes, 2011 Edition?

(5) Comments | Posted November 22, 2011 | 3:39 PM

Now, it's Syracuse University coming under fire for allegedly failing to act on reports of suspected abuse by a coach (Bernie Fine).

A few days ago, it was The Citadel in South Carolina facing the same criticism.

Before that, of course, was the horrific...

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New Children's Book Put Tears and Stars in My Eyes

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2011 | 2:12 PM

Starry Night, Hold Me Tight by Jean Sagendorph (author), and Kim Siebold (illustrator), draws you in first because of its eye-catching illustration; its colors glow, serene and calming. What holds your attention is the simple, warm, loving and heartfelt verse. "Starry Night, hold me tight. All is calm, all...

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A Proposed World Wide Registry for Catholic Clergy Predators

(35) Comments | Posted September 15, 2011 | 1:40 PM

Recently, the Boston Archdiocese released a list of accused clergy.

A good first step. A move in the right direction. But also mind-boggling is the number of Catholic clergy predators in one town.

Hopefully, one day soon, we'll see more lists from all around the United States,...

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Catholic Church Reform Should Start With 'I'm Sorry'

(15) Comments | Posted May 19, 2011 | 10:12 AM

The Vatican has given the world's Catholic bishops one year to set policies for handling allegations of child abuse, including reporting to police where required by local law. And on Wednesday (May 18), the U.S. bishops released a 300-page report on the "causes and context" of the abuse scandal here...

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The Church's One Simple Phrase for Healing

(61) Comments | Posted April 6, 2011 | 11:59 AM

It is now 2011, and the Vatican has been flooded with new information, new warnings and more horrific stories of sexual abuse from around the globe. Still, I have yet to read the one simple phrase, "I'm sorry," from the Pope or his entourage directed to any of the hundreds...

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The Keeper of the Red Dot: Protecting the Elderly

(19) Comments | Posted February 26, 2011 | 10:56 AM

Gladys, my mother-in-law, known to family and friends as "GladyO'," is having a near perfect day visit away from the nursing home. And although the dementia from which she suffers seems to visit more frequently as of late, it hasn't reared its ugly head today. Instead, I find myself dealing...

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Thoughts on Crafting the Unbreakable Writer

(8) Comments | Posted February 8, 2011 | 11:17 AM

The path to publication can be a gauntlet beset with trials that test a writer's endurance. Many writers give up. Jan O'Hara, of the popular, award-winning site for writers Writer Unboxed, said:

These days, getting and staying published requires a larger skill set than understanding point of view, plot...

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Will Other Catholic Bishops Risk Eternal Damnation?

(81) Comments | Posted January 20, 2011 | 7:15 AM

I applaud the fearlessness it must have taken for the Irish bishop who recently turned over a 1997 letter from the Vatican to the Irish Broadcasters RTF, thinking he'd face eternal damnation and excommunication for his act.

This letter was signed by the late Archbishop, Luciano Storero, Pope John...

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The Should've-Would've-Could've Template for a Better New Year

(1) Comments | Posted January 3, 2011 | 7:05 AM

Before planting final goodbye kisses on Christmas, many find themselves revisiting yesteryear to see how they'd do things differently, using the Should've-Would've-Could've rule to make amends, whether that means to improve our surroundings, kick bad habits or build stronger relationships. Not too unlike those millions of Americans, I too, used...

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