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“My heroes are those who risk their lives every day to protect our world and make it a better place – police, firefighters and members of our armed forces.”
~ Sidney Sheldon


”Heroism doesn’t always happen in a burst of glory. Sometimes small triumphs and large hearts change the course of history.” ~ Mary Roach


 “One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.” ~ Maya Angelou


 “Remember that failure is an event, not a person.”~ Unknown


“Be brave to stand for what you believe in even if you stand alone.”
~ Roy T. Bennett

Armed Forces Day 2021
Saturday, May 15


Nineteen years ago, September 11, 2001, 2996 people,
2996 HUMAN BEINGS, lost their lives.
There have been innumerable losses since due to
and exposure to the toxic dust.
Ceremonies and memorials conducted at the WTC in New York, the Pentagon, and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania are all being modified because of the Covid-19 pandemic. In Shanksville PA the ceremony will be without music and victims’ name will be spoken by just one reader. At the Pentagon no families will be in attendance, all victims’ names will be played on a recording and only Military leaders will be present. And in NYC, there will be DUAL ceremonies — no names will be read at the World Trade Center site; however a few blocks away the Stephen Siller Tunnels to Tower Foundation will allow families to recite their loved ones’ names. Earlier this week FDNY held a “limited attendance” ceremony to honor those who have died since 2001 due to toxic dust.
Although originally cancelled, the twin blue Tribute in Light beams WILL be displayed. The Stephen Siller Foundation is displaying memorial lights at the Flight #93 site and the Pentagon. 
This year MORE THAN EVER we need to remember and #NeverForget the sacrifices and horrendous losses suffered that bleak Tuesday in 2001.
As a former Rockland County NY resident, I have always listed those
local residents that we lost on 9/11/2001
Ø Janet M. Alonso 41 Stony Point NY
ØCalixto Anaya Jr. 35 Suffern NY
ØJaphet J. Aryee 49 Spring Valley NY
ØRichard E. Bosco 34 Suffern NY
ØSgt. John Gerard Coughlin 43 Pomona NY
ØWelles Remy Crowther 24 Upper Nyack NY
ØJohn D’ Allara 47 Pearl River NY
ØBernard D. Favuzza 52 Suffern NY
ØThomas Foley 32 West Nyack NY
ØAndrew Fredericks 40 Suffern NY
ØRobert Joseph Gschaar 55 Spring Valley NY
ØDana Hannon 29 Suffern NY
ØCapt. Frederick Ill Jr. 49 Pearl River NY
ØFarah Jeudy 32 Spring Valley NY
ØJoseph Marchbanks Jr. 47 Nanuet NY
ØJohn Marshall 35 Congers NY
ØPatricia A. McAneney 50 Pomona NY
ØRobert Garvin McCarthy 33 Stony Point NY
ØRobert William McPadden 30 Pearl River NY
ØLuke G. Nee 44 Stony Point NY
ØGerald O’Leary 34 Stony Point NY
ØDavid Ortiz 37 Nanuet NY
ØLt. Vernon Allan Richard 53 Nanuet NY
ØThomas G. Schoales 27 Stony Point NY
ØMohammed Shajahan 41 Spring Valley NY
ØGregory Sikorsky 34 Spring Valley NY
ØCatherine T. Smith 44 West Haverstraw NY
ØRobert W. Spear Jr. 30 Valley Cottage NY
ØLoretta A, Vero 51 Nanuet NY
ØBenjamin Walker 41 Suffern NY
ØWeibin Wang 41 Orangeburg NY
ØSteven Weinberg 41 New City NY
ØCapt. David T. Wooley 53 Nanuet NY


To view a full memorial list of 9/11 victims go here:
To view a list of law enforcement officers from 10 agencies, go here
(includes those who have died from 9/11 illnesses)
To view of list of FDNY officers who died on 9/11, go here:
To view a list of all Emergency workers killed in the September 11 attacks, go here:
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“The veterans of our military services have put their lives on the line to protect the freedoms that we enjoy. They have dedicated their lives to their country and deserve to be recognized for their commitment.” ~ Judd Gregg


“The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.” ~ Norman Schwarzkopf


“Always forgive your enemies–nothing annoys them so much.” ~ Oscar Wilde


“Being in the army is like being in the Boy Scouts, except that the Boy Scouts have adult supervision.” ~ Blake Clark


“Heroes don’t wear capes they wear dog tags” ~ Anonymous

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National Military Appreciation Month

May 2016

Thank You


May is National Military Appreciation Month

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and I am pleased to say that 2 of the short stories in this collection feature vets prominently – The Meeting is a poignant love story of a couple that meets during WW2; The Vacation is a SEXY story involving a wounded veteran.

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…and don’t let me close this post before saying THANK YOU to all the men and women who have served our country so selflessly, past and present.

The Many Faces of Chelle Cordero

The Many Faces of Chelle Cordero is a single author collection of short stories featuring Introduction, Pussycat Tails, Holiday Happiness, Not Alone, I Swear That Raccoon Just Knocked on the Door, Stormy Weather, A Mother’s Love, More Than a Friend, The Meeting, The Vacation and a special bonus section.

One of the more popular gifts being sent to servicemen and women of our coalition forces this holiday season is an e-book reader (Kindle, Sony, iPhone, Nook, Blackberry etc.)Here is the chance to fill those readers with lots of
great reading material – and e-books from Smashwords are available to read on web browsers and laptops/netbooks as well.

When I first signed up for Operation E-Book Drop via Smashwords and author Ed Patterson I had six books – today I have nine books. Also increasing in numbers is the amount of authors who are participating in this wonderful program – on Oct 31, 2010, Mark Coker, the founder of Smashwords, said “Ed Patterson informs me over 500 indie authors are now participating in Operation Ebook Drop. Awesome! Congrats to all.”

I am pleased to say that I am STILL a participating author in Operation E-Book Drop.

Servicemen and women of our Coalition Forces are away from home and putting themselves on the line for the rest of us. No matter what your political beliefs are, most of us agree that we need to support our men and women as we pray for their safe return.

All coalition military personnel deployed overseas who need multi-format ebooks are eligible. According to Ed, “If you’re overseas and away from your home and loved ones, your dependence on reading might increase – and so we are gifting you ebooks for Kindle, Sony, iPhone, Blackberry etc.”
For free ebooks, please email Ed at ed w pat @ att . net (remove the spaces)
What is Operation E-Book Drop?

Author Ed Patterson had an online conversation with a soldier stationed in Iraq who was having difficulty getting books to read on his Kindle – there isn’t a whole lot to do for entertainment there. Ed sent the soldier a complete file of his books in Kindle format – and then the idea struck him that there might be other soldiers and other authors who would want to participate. Sure enough, lists started to form and books were being sent over the internet in various e-book formats.

Then the wonderful staff at Smashwords found out about this effort and decided to promote the program – Smashwords authors can use special coupon codes to send the members of the Coalition Forces so they can download books to their reading devices. Since Smashwords offers books in several ebook formats (including Kindle, Palm, .pdf and more), books are readable on all reading devices and even with a web browser.

Kimberlee at Vanilla Heart Publishing made sure that any VHP authors who wanted had the proper coupon codes to send…

Operation E-Book Drop

I am a participating author in Operation E-Book Drop.

What is Operation E-Book Drop?

Several authors have made their ebooks available to the coalition forces serving our countries – they send Smashwords coupon codes to these servicemen and women so they can download an ebook format for their personal ebook reading devices or computer screens.

I signed up – it is a small service I can do for the men and women who are doing for us.
to get involved…

Living, Breathing, Writing

My Weekly Writing Workshop  (Living, Breathing, Writing) for Kindle has been discontinued. But you don’t have to miss out, go to for a copy of 60+ Days to Live, Breathe, & Write