Hi My Friends:

Memorial Day Weekend has come and gone in spectacular fashion, at least here in our nation’s capital where Ed and I spent a wonderful few days visiting with family.  I hope it was equally good for all of you wherever you were, on land, sea, or in cyberspace.

This brief post is to let you know that I am taking the summer off from writing my blog in order to complete some projects I’ve been working on. One is a book that will commemorate The Valerie Fund’s 35th year as an organization that supports comprehensive health care for children with cancer and blood disorders The book will be filled with stories of hope and healing written by the children, their parents, and their siblings. I’m writing the introduction and helping out with the editing.

The second project is a book to be written with Cherie Castellano* and Mary Beth Walsh** as well as other writers who will contribute chapters on resilience in Moms with special-needs children. Both books have a September deadline. Oh boy.

Keep watch. I will be back on September 1st with an essay that will knock your socks off.  Be prepared!

Have a  safe,  healthy, and terrific summer.


Suzann Bresler Goldstein lives with her husband Ed and a tree named Buster, (12/1/2010 post, A Half-baked Story About a Crazy Dog and a Nutty Squirrel; Source: Sue is co-founder of The Valerie Fund, has her Master of Arts degree in medical sociology from Rutgers University in New Jersey, is a published author, a poet, and has just recently completed her memoir, FIGHTING BACK: Doing Battle with Cancer.

*Cherie Castellano is Director of the Cop2Cop, Vet2Vet, and Mom2Mom programs at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s  University Behavioral HealthCare facility.

**Mary Beth Walsh, Ph.D, serves as Co-Chair of the Autism Task Force of the National Catholic Partnership on Disabilities and teaches at Caldwell College, New Jersey, in the Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry program.