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    Paperback    “ … but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:14)   Saint Raphael’s is back in session, and the monastic school continues to reveal its secrets in Book 4 of the Lineman and the Cook Faith Mystery series.             Students are flying, and they’re not using broomsticks! Mem and her schoolmates are in their third year, as the very non-traditional curriculum continues. This year proves to be quite a challenge as they learn how to mentor first-years in Dux House.             Strange and unusual weather abound the island. The harbor master and lineman are working diligently to keep the island safe. The outlandish weather produces a violent pogonip, and threatens the islands safety when a body is whirled from the other-world.             A new Noobie, or first-year is assigned to Mem and her unlikely
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  Paperback    For we walk by faith, not by sight.                                                      (2 Corinthians 5:7)   Another year and more secrets at Saint Raphael’s. Many island families adopted other-world children found thru the H.A.L.O.S. (Help All Lost Orphan Souls) network. The MacCleary clan have adopted the twins, David and Moira, into their family.             After successfully completing their first year, Mem’s former teammates, David, Moira, Jamie, and islander Darius, are now in Gopher House, or second year. Darius and David are starting to understand one another.             One boy failed after his poor choices, and his defiance ultimately had him removed from Saint Raphael’s. Mem and her teammates were not at all sorry to see the boy go. They were surprised to learn of his replacement, a boy with down syndrome, Artis T Bass.             Non-traditional classes continue in Gopher House with service training and new rules for their new l
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  PAPERBACK My brothers and sisters, think of the various tests you encounter as occasions for joy. After all, you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance.                                                                                                                     (James 1: 2-3) Jack and Carol MacCleary accepted their new life and employment on Saint Raphael’s island, along with the island’s many secrets. The MacCleary’s have the perfect life on the island. Jack is the Lineman, and Carol, now Professor MacCleary, teaches culinary and healing at Saint Raphael’s boarding school. The couple have two children: eleven-year-old daughter Mem, and an eight-year-old son, Johnny.           Mem is about to attend Saint Raphael’s boarding school, as do all eleven-year-olds. Mem begins her first year, or Noobie year, with her best friend Jamie Calvin. Other-world children attend the island school, only by special invitation. The ancient monastic school is t

Lineman and Cook Faith Mystery Series

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    We often find ourselves trying to understand Divinity. Carol Wynn is no exception. She has had her share of trials and tribulations.                Her culinary and healing talents are well-known. After meeting Jack MacCleary, the two begin dating. Following a short courtship, they marry and move north to be closer to Jack's hometown. Carol is intrigued with Jack's devotion to his faith and willingly allows herself to be drawn into Jack's way of life.                 While many have doubted or lost their belief in the Spirit, Jack and Carol held steadfast in their faith, thus allowing them to overcome any adversity.                Jack works at a local garage. Carol cooks at the town diner. The couple are well-loved. As time moves on, the happy couple are expecting their first child. A local priest, Father Warner, becomes increasingly aware that the young couple are special. He becomes their advisor and friend.                 However, when an estate
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  "Aunt Nana" is a 62-year-old semi-retired “radio” Sheriff of the Mountain community, 'Briar Ridge' conveniently located in the “Quiet Zone” of Star County. The quiet zone, Briar Ridge holds a secret. Aunt Nana uses a common-sense approach to her own special enforcement. She enjoys fly fishing, and quiet evenings on the front porch watching fireflies, or listening to the cicada’s sing. Occasionally, Aunt Nana looks after her nine-year-old neighbor, Asa Gibble, who enjoys Sherlock Holmes and detective mysteries. Soon Aunt Nana’s parenting skills and the quiet zone are about to be tested when her younger sibling's eleven-year-old daughter, Elle Quimby, is forced to come into her charge. Their relationship begins a bumpy tumultuous road. The tweenage niece is not accustomed to being deprived of social media, or learning to live without IM and texting. Thank goodness Aunt Nana’s resident cat, Sky, is around to help. Aunt Nana learn outsiders, sta
Have Faith Will Travel Introduction to Faith Etiquette By K. L. Russell It’s been awhile since I started this “faith travel blog”. Like so many around the globe, I’ve had to curtail expenses to manage our “daily bread” …so to speak. Much thought and anguish has gone into continuing with the blog. This decision was not made lightly, given the pandemic and inflation. Unquestionably, I’ve reorganized and rearranged our faith travels, without economic woes to our wallets. Between rising fuel and food prices…frankly, rising prices in general, and the pandemic still posing a health threat, it’s not rocket science to reexamine our "faith travel" blog. I’ve decided to concentrate on overall manners and faith etiquette. With that out of the way, allow me to carry on. PROLOGUE I’ve experienced a great many things throughout my life. I’ve mentioned in past blogs of being baptized and raised in the Catholic faith. However, I’m more of a “lapso-abso”, or “lapsed Catholic”, no