Cory’s Christmas Tree


Cory T Cat and I adopted each other in 2013 when I moved to Buffalo. Our first Christmas, I put a small tree on a table in front of my 12-foot NY loft windows, which Cory T Cat took over for his own. I included olive tree wooden ornaments with the 12 stations of Christmas that I picked up in Bethlehem. Cory loved them.

However, something curious occurred. Cory became obsessed with 2 ornaments on the tree – The Holy Family and Baby Jesus. No matter how many times I put the ornaments back on the tree, Cory T Cat would knock them off, sniff them well, roll all over them, and then lay on them or otherwise keep them close.

The same thing happened in 2014.  In 2015, I moved to Hawaii so my boxes were on a cargo ship during the holidays. Today, I pulled out the wooden ornaments again.  Just for kicks, I put the Holy Family and the Baby on the back of the tree this year. Then I tucked the tree in by a window.  Once Cory T Cat awoke from his nap, he went directly to the tree, used his head to  push it out until he could get behind it, then he pulled The Holy Family off the tree. Then he began his tradition – sniffing the ornament, rolling all over on it and tucking it safely under him for safe keeping. He is now enjoying sleeping with it tucked safely by him.

75th Anniversary


National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Commemoration

  • 7:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. | Kilo Pier, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam | Live Stream Available

Attack on Hickam Field Ceremony & Reception

  • 7:50 a.m. | Atterbury Circle, Hickam AFB | Private Event

Annual Wreath Presentation

  • 8 a.m. | Marine Corps Base Hawaii | Private Event

Freedom Bell Ringing

  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. | USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park | Free, Open to the Public

Public Tours of the USCGC Morgenthau

  • Noon to 4 p.m. | Aloha Tower Pier 9 | Free, Open to the Public

75th Anniversary Pearl Harbor Mass Band Performance

  • Noon to 1 p.m. | Battleship Missouri Memorial |Free, Open to the Public

USS OklahomaMemorial Ceremony

  • 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. | USS Oklahoma Memorial, Ford Island | Free, Open to the Public

25th Infantry Division Commemoration Ceremony

  • 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. | Fort DeRussy | Free, Open to the Public

Double Interment Ceremony

  • 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. | USS Arizona Memorial |Private Ceremony

Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade and Public Ceremony

  • 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. | Kalakaua Avenue, Waikiki |Free, Open to the Public

 MOMMA DELLA MAE’S TABLE: Recipes from Along the Way



Finally, it is ready – my Christmas present to you. You can purchase it through Create Space now and Amazon in a few days. And you can purchase it through Barnes and Noble and other sites in a few weeks.

If you are interested in the recipes that were served around our table, check it out. “The book is 330 pages from a Scot-Irish woman and her daughter who have been collecting and trying recipes throughout her travels of many states and areas. All are easy to read and easy to do. Enjoy.” The list price is $12.50.

All royalties from the sale of the book will go to the Hawaiian Children’s Cancer Foundation (; a nice organization I discovered this year.

If you purchase it through CreateSpace eStore:; $5.67 of each book will go to charity.

If you purchase it through when it becomes available, $2.67 of each purchase will go to charity.

If you purchase it through Barnes and Noble and other sites, $.07 of each purchase will go to charity.

Thanks for considering this book during this Christmas and Holiday season.


Mele Kalikimaka

National Tree Lighting


On December 1, President Obama and the First Family lit their final National Christmas tree at the White House. Then, he spoke about how honored he’s felt to serve as President for the past eight years.

“Before we leave tonight, I just want to express what an incredible honor it’s been to serve this nation and to feel it’s warmth and to feel it’s generosity and how our family has been awed by Americas goodness,” he said.

The Hallmark Channel will air the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Monday, Dec. 5



Post NANOWRIMO: Upcoming Books


Now that NANOWRIMO is over, check this out:

Updated November 25th.

Writers who wish to submit to Chicken Soup for the Soul should be aware of deadlines that are approaching. The next deadline is on December 15th, 2016.

According to their website:

“If we publish your story or poem, you will be paid $200 ($100 for devotionals) one month after publication of the book and you will receive ten free copies of the book your story or poem appears in. You will also become part of the Chicken Soup for the Soul family, you will receive our exclusive contributors’ communiqué and you will be entitled to buy cases of books from us at a discount.”

The following books have deadlines that are approaching:

  1. Inspiration for Teachers / December 31, 2016
  2. Dreams and Synchronicities / January 30, 2016
  3. Military Families / December 15, 2016
  4. Stories about Cats / January 31, 2017
  5. Stories About Dogs / January 31, 2017

Writers should expect a response within 60 days of the book’s “on sale” date. If you haven’t heard back by that time, they have not selected your story for publication. They have a sort of strange company culture, which discourages negative communication – which is why they don’t send rejection letters.

To learn more, and to submit, visit this page.