Archive for September, 2010

Today’s Blog

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Welcome to my website!  I hope you enjoy today’s blog.

     We often use the word ‘love’ in our everyday life, but perhaps, we use the word with such frequency that it has gradually lost its meaning and may not carry the impact that it should.

     After all, love is the most important emotion of all.  Why do I say that?  “He that does not love has not come to know God, because God is love,” states 1 John 4:8.  If “God is love,” we should certainly focus upon it and determine how we can bring more of it into our lives.

     If we cannot love ourselves, it is impossible for us to love others.  Therefore, it is necessary to live our lives in such a way that we can respect and appreciate, both our own efforts to maintain our integrity,  but also those of others who also believe strongly in God and want to please Him.  Once we can truly love ourselves, we can begin to love others and show that love in the way that we treat others.

     One aspect of love is principled or agape love.  This is a love that we have for all our fellow human beings.  Such love motivates us to help veritable  strangers in every way that we can.  When someone runs into a burning building to save someone whom he does not know personally, that is a wonderful example of agape love.  In the same way, when a believer in God spreads that love through the Scriptures to neighbors whom he or she has not met personally before, that is another example of agape love.  When scientists work around the clock to cure others of diseases, isn’t that, too, an example of agape love?      

     In the books that I have written, a few of my characters have shown agape love.  In The Wacky World of Winnie and Willie, Sharon and Lynn are conscientious Jehovah’s Witnesses who are full-time evangelizers.  Their main purpose in life is to provide people in their communities with accurate knowledge of the Bible so that they will have hope for the future.  Sunny James, the dormitory supervisor in Searching for the Sunny Side, deeply cares about the women whom she watches over and helps as part of her job.  However, Sunny goes well beyond the call of duty in the way that she looks out for the freshmen and sophomore girls in her dormitory.

     Love for family is a type of love that we can all relate to.  It is not difficult to love the mother and father who have first loved and sacrificed for us, just as it is easy to love our God who first loved us.  “The love is in this respect, not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent forth His Son as a propitiatory sacrifice for our sins.”  (1 John 4:10)

     It also comes natural to love one’s siblings, who have been there for us during so many parts of our lives.  And so it goes for grandparents, aunts, uncles and later, as we grow older, our grandchildren, great-nieces, great-nephews.

     In all my novels, love of family is emphasized and highlighted.  For example, in Beyond the Stars, both Winona’s and Sean’s families are really important to them.  Their parents’ love and opinions are an essential part of their lives.  When Mr. and Mrs. Scharf do not approve of Sean at first, it is painful for Winona to accept.  She would not marry someone whom her parents did not accept.  Sean also loves his parents and is concerned with their feelings and the problems that they must overcome in their lives.  An example is Sean’s frustration with the injustice that his father had to endure before being exonerated of a crime that he has not committed.  

     Love for one’s spouse is a combination of family and romantic lolve.  The relationship that may begin with strong passion gradually evolves into a total  relationship of love in all its most beautiful forms.  Winona and Sean fall more and more in love with one another as the years go by.  Their marriage is enriched with the birth of their twins, Katie and Colin.

     Sunny in Searching for the Sunny Side makes the wrong choice in marriage but eventually matures and finds the person who is perfect for her.  However, her life goes through all kinds of complications before she knows what is best for her.

     In later blogs I want to get more specific in relating the concept of love to my characters and books, but I think this is enough for now.  So until my next blog,

                               Cheryl

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

     Welcome to my website! 

     During the past week I have been very busy completing my most rec ent novel, 33’s Theo.  I hope the name is intriguing, but the meaning of the title will remain a secret until you read the book, which hopefully will be published by the early spring of 2011. 

     Many years ago, when I was at Harvard for the summer, I met an interesting engineer, whom my main character is modeled after.  However, that is just where reality ends and imagination begins.  The entire plot of the novel has absolutely no basis in reality except for the scenes at Walden Pond and Harvard Yard. 

   I guess I chose Massachusetts as the setting for this book because I spent such a wonderful summer there many years ago.  I must visit Cambridge, Concord, Walden Pond and Provincetown again so that I can compare my memories with what those areas are like today.  That would make for an interesting trip.

     The most important part of this most recent book of mine is its theme.  I try to bring out that people of all ages can find love again and a beautiful, compatible relationship.  When someone you love dies, of course, it is time for deep reflection and mourning, but it is so important to go on with one’s life and fight depression.  My female protagonist, although diagnosed as clinically depressed after her husband dies, gives life a second chance when she falls in love again during a trip to Provincetown, which her dearest friend practically forces her to take one summer.

      Resolving the many obstacles in the way of her finding love again is the basis for the rest of the book.  The reader can see that lost loved ones are to be mourned, but then life is to be lived in the best way possible. 

     I also want to show how important family is.  Relationships between family members must be treasured, and everything must be done to nurture them.  Pride should never come between two people who love one another.  Several characters in the novel have to apply these truths to their lives before their problems can be resolved.

     It was really exciting to conclude the novel and tie all the loose ends together.  In fact, I put a good deal of my life on hold until I finished the book.  When I send it to my publisher and the process begins, I know I will look forward to getting the first copy of the book.

     On the next blog I will discuss another of my books and the inspiration for writing it.  Until then,

                                                Best wishes,

                                                 Cheryl

Friday, September 10th, 2010

         

Welcome to my website.  Today’s blog is a short one, but I hope to post another one in just a few days.

I can’t believe that I haven’t written any new blogs for eight days!   I’ve been very busy with family, friends and my latest novel, which I hope to complete by next week.  It is amazing how fast the time passes.   

As September 11th comes into view, we all have time to pause and remember all the lives that were senselessly lost nine years ago.  My sympathy and love are extended to all my readers, for we are all touched by this innate sadness.

I am working on a blog related to the theme of love in its various forms: agape or principled love, love of family, friends and romantic love.  I want to relate that theme to my books.    I hope to post the new blog over the weekend.

 

Until then, best wishes

 

Cheryl

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Welcome to my website.  I hope you are having a wonderful day.   Later in the week I will be posting a new blog on the themes of love of God, family and agape love that appear in my books. 

Right now, however, I want to  mention that I have had a trailer made that is based upon my first novel, Counter-Attack that, of course, is featured on this website.   In the next few weeks I will be directing my publishing company, Dorrance, to make another trailer for me, based upon one of my children’s books, Sammy Squirrel and the long, Hard Winter.

The link for the trailer on Counter-Attack is:

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajjvDare7pY  If you have any problem in following this link, do the following.  If you see on top of the page that the video is unavailable, then do a search using the words “Counter-Attack by Cheryl Madeleine Lodico at Dorrance site” and the video should come up at the top of the page.   It worked for me.  The video is also available on my profile page at Facebook.

 I hope you like it, but most of all, I would like people of all ages who read Counter-Attack to find a better way of dealing with their problems of anxiety that often lead to panic attacks.  Through the research that I have done and experiences of people whom I have known,  I hope that readers of all ages will find solace, understanding and a way to manage their problems. 

The various types of professional help that are out there can make the difference between living a severely limited life and a happy, fulfilled life.  It has always been my intention that middle school- age children or high school students might read my book, and if they are afflicted with agoraphobia or anxiety attacks, be motivated to tell their parents or teachers and thus gain an avenue by which they can be helped.

  As a former teacher, I can tell you that there are many children out there who live with great stress and anxiety, but don’t know what to do about it.  Yet, professional help of various types is available.  In fact, there are many more strategies out there today than when I first wrote the novel and had it published in 2006.  If a child or adult can recognize a part of themselves in the protagonist, Caryn Burke, then that individual may be able to take the next step and get professional help to deal with his/her problems.

Life is challenging enough without having to deal with phobias and panic attacks.

Until the next blog,

 

  Cheryl