Darlene Franklin her and care aid, Maria, pose for a selfie under a shade tree during our interview on Lit Up.

Darlene Franklin her and care aid, Maria, pose for a selfie under a shade tree during our interview on Lit Up.

Have you felt helpless when the chaos around you interferes with your goals? On Lit Up today, we explore those feelings with a guest who had a trifecta hit her and came out the other side more successfully because she found creative ways around the problems. You can too! Your Circumstances do not define you! 

Listen here to the inspiring story on Lit Up Talk Radio.

Angela Breidenbach, host of Lit Up Talk Radio, visits with Darlene Franklin about how her career actually blossomed after she lost her independence and had to move into a nursing home, her publisher closed, and her agent dropped her. That would be enough to stop anyone from believing they had something left to give. And then it happened… listen to Darlene tell us how all that devastation turned around and how she managed to have a stronger career in publishing AFTER moving into that nursing home! The question hangs in the silence…what would I do in those same circumstances? Is my life as I knew it over? Or is it just beginning?

What’s holding you back from embracing your creative dream?  

Books discussed on this episode include:

Captive Brides: Journey along as nine historical women are about to make their escape from some of life’s greatest challenges. Can their captive hearts be freed to dream, to dare, to love?

Mermaid Song  Noble Prescott is drawn to the scene of a shipwreck by a sweet song sung in a language he didn’t understand. The songstress is barely alive, holding onto a piece of the ship’s railing.

Take Me Home (Tribute to John Denver, romantic stories based on his songs, coming in Oct. 2017)



Patriot’s Day/Patriot Day

Who were our first patriots? What’s the difference in Patriot’s Day and Patriot Day? Who are patriots today?

Patriot or Patriots’ Day are easily confused. But both days remember the sacrifice of Americans caused by attacks on home soil. A few facts to understand the similarities and differences of both these historic experiences:

  • The first, Patriots’ Day, happens the third week in April with reenactments and festivals remembering the battles of Lexington and Concord (April 19, 1775) in the American Revolution.Learn more here:
  • Patriots’ Day is a state holiday in Maine and Massachusetts, with Tennessee recently joining but only as a recognition of the day.
  • Paul Revere rode from Boston to Lexington to warn of attack.
  • Others rode with him and split off to warn others along the way: William Dawes and Samuel Prescott. Then as they warned folks along the way, those people also rode in many directions to sound the alarm for neighbors.
  • General Cage, British commander, issued orders for the march to confiscate colonial weapons. See this link for more information:
  • Many indentured servants earned their freedom by enlisting as a Patriot in the American Revolution.
  • Lose the “s” and September 11th is titled Patriot Day as a national remembrance of the day thousands of people died in the terrorist attacks on the U.S.A.
  • Patriot Day, September 11th, is a Federal holiday while similarly named Patriots’ Day is not.
  • American citizens should display their flag at half-staff on both dates. However, September 11th includes a moment of silence observed at 8:46am Eastern —the time the first plane flew into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. To learn more:
  • Almost 3,000 people lost their lives during the terrorist attack on 9/11. Thousands more were injured.
  • Both historic dates created heroism in Americans who did not think of themselves, rather they put themselves in harm’s way to save others.

When we observe either day, we can remember that, Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13, NIV

The Captive Brides Romance Collection including "Hist Indentured Bride" by Angela Breidenbach

The Captive Brides Romance Collection including “Hist Indentured Bride” by Angela Breidenbach

Book: Captive Brides, Barbour Books, Oct. 1, 2017 includes Angela Breidenbach’s historical romance, His Indentured Bride, set in the beginning of the American Revolution.

About Angela Breidenbach: The host of Lit Up! on Toginet Radio, Angela writes romance through the ages. She’s also the president of the Christian Authors Network. Her radio shows and books are always family-friendly, always good for your heart.

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