Publication On Hold


Publication of Mystery of the Sturbridge Keys is now on hold, while front-covercorrections are being made. I will post again when the revised copy is perfected.

Thank you all for the tremendous success of the début of this book. There were two book signings, one at Barnes and Noble Bookstores at the Shoppe at Blackstone Valley in Millbury, MA, where 20 copies of Mystery of the Sturbridge Keys sold out; and The Bird Store And More, which was another success in the month of December 2016.

This time the re-release of Mystery of the Sturbridge Keys, expected to be out in the spring, will be out in time for major book markets to be able to order this book in time for Christmas 2017. The subtitle of this book is, “Christmas Unlocked.” The accurate ancient history of Christmas and holiday traditions will be very enlightening for all who have an interest in this particular holiday, and wish to know how the holiday’s customs and popular traditions really got its start.

back-cover-copyPoignant to today’s critical times of a resurgence of retro-racism, one of the themes of Mystery of the Sturbridge Keys is, There is only one race, the human race.

Brie will remain the female protagonist of the book, in a world where the role of women in today’s society is challenged all over the world.

I Wish You Peace And Love In The New Year


I wish you love and peace in the New Year 2017. When you are not sure where to turn, Image may contain: ocean, water, outdoor and natureremember the things that feed your soul:

Love beyond all measure,

Peace in all your plans,

Meditation to quiet the mind,

Prayer to settle the issues,

Forgiveness to heal yourself

Acceptance for the things you cannot change,

Words full of wisdom,

Care for our neighbors in the world,

Integrity in tough situations,

Magnanimous spirit in life,

Fortitude in your life struggles,

Industriousness in your work,

Creativity in your solutions,

Random acts of kindness – both given and received,

Smiles at the joys of life,

Endurance through the hard times of life,

Positive mental attitude in all your mornings,

Spirit of thankfulness in the evenings,

Blessings throughout your days,

And remembering to invite Jesus in to your days,

So you know you are never alone.

God is closer to you than your next breath.*

*This last note is one of the themes in my book, “Mystery of the Sturbridge Keys.”

Happy New Year

Make America Great Again


This is a very good read.

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Wouldn’t it be nice if, when President elect Trump says, “Make America Great Again,” he means to bring it back to a time when a man didn’t kick someone when they were down, a man’s word was his bond something as good as a signed contract, when a man who was down on his luck could “put it on the cuff” to feed his family, when more affluent people felt it was a privilege to help feed those who were less fortunate, when doctors billed patients according to their ability to pay, when the pews of a church were filled on Sunday with good Christians, when a man’s worth was not decided by the content of his bank account or the color of his skin, when Christians were people who were happy to clothe the naked, feed the hungry, heal the sick, and do it without judging those they helped…

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Inspiration And Optimism


If there ever was a time for a clarion call for inspiration and optimism, it

Inspiration and optimism can lift all of us to a better, healthier life.
Inspiration and optimism can lift all of us to a better, healthier life.

is now, at the end of this Year 2016, and the dawning of the New Year 2017. Ominous news lurks in the worry forecasts of politics, global wars, worldwide malnutrition, with no shortage of catastrophic disasters in every corner of the globe. But this is not the only thing that should be capturing our attention.

Now is the time to get back on track for healthy thinking and healthy living. The end of each year is a good time for reflection. Every person makes a difference, with every thought, word and action. We all know this. But when it comes to deciding to make positive changes in our lives, we can become very lethargic, especially after the long haul of the political process which may, or may not have gone our way. Perhaps it is education which needs a major overhaul, or the food industry, global warming, or rekindling faith in the Good Lord above. There are a lot of ways we can make a positive difference in our lives and the lives of those around us, and to the world at large.

It is no small gesture to remain positive. Or maybe we need to unearth our positive thought process which may have gotten buried beneath mounds of real cares and concerns in our everyday life. Bad things really do happen to some very good people. Some of us need help, financial, physical, mental or even spiritual.

It is important not to give up. As bad as you and I might have it at the present moment (or maybe life is fine for us at the moment but maybe not for other people we know) there is always someone in even more dire situations than we are.

It is a matter of perspective. Don’t forget to look up.

You matter. You count. It is not what you accomplish. It is not what you gain. It is not even what you lose. You matter, not what you have or don’t have. Yes, we all know this, but sometimes we get amnesia.

A positive mental attitude (PMA) makes all the difference in the world. No, it does not stop the bad things from happening. A positive mental attitude is so powerful that it allows room for positive solutions to be born. Without a positive mental attitude, we can stay stuck, or worse, get depressed.

If we are depressed, we do not have to stay depressed. Recovering our positive mental health is actually a decision we make. We are not the victims of our emotions. We are not riding on the mental whim of the moment. This is something we can change. Sometimes we do not want to change. That is another matter. No one can make us happy if we choose not to be. It is our choice. Yes my friends, it is a choice. This is not a popular statement. But it is a true statement.

If you do not like how you are feeling, change how you are thinking. This works 100 percent of the time. It will never work if you do not want it to. The choice really is up to you. When you have had enough negativity, or depression, decide to not allow the negative thoughts, and only think of happy things, place happy music, boil some water with cinnamon, peppermint, or lemon in it. Scent is the strongest trigger. There is a lot of positive changes you can make, starting with your thoughts. Feelings follow thoughts 100 percent of the time, not the other way around.

Let’s take a moment to ponder the mystery of life, what we can do to make life better for ourselves, our families, our friends, and to the rest of the people of the world, in which we are more alike than the differences we profess.

Let’s make our decisions based on love of humanity, of which we are all an intricate part, whether we are working on humane treatment for immigrants and the immigration process and reform, the criminal process, fighting childhood and adult hunger, or the homeless in this country, especially our veterans, or the homeless across the world. There is no shortage to where we can leave our positive mark or inspiration and optimism.

The Bird Store And More Book Signing Event


A special Thank You goes out to Nancy and Bill Cormier, owners of Thebook-signing Bird Store And More on 4 Cedar Street, Sturbridge, for the wonderful book signing event last night at their annual Night Owl Christmas Open House. Many new friends were made last night as shoppers browsed through this delightful, one-of-a-kind store, many of whom bought and went home with an autographed copy of my book, MYSTERY OF THE STRURBRIDGE KEYS, subtitled, CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED.

This evening welcomed shoppers to a wide array of hot hors d’ oeuvres and drinks as they leisurely took in the unique bird houses, and home decorations for inside and out with a variety of nature themes on them.

This store includes a living beehive, still active inside the display box, near where the book signing table was set up. Local honey and maple syrup is sold here.

In the middle of the store, shoppers gazed at about nine different kinds of real bird’s nests on display, and labeled. This is a store where you can learn things as well as pick up really thick winter socks, amazing wind chimes of all different sizes and tones, and coffee cups, mugs, coasters and mail boxes all inspired by the birds.

Naturally this store has a wide variety of bird seed, and every possible bird feeder container for all types of situations. Shoppers can even purchase the bear-proof bird feeding pole, with Bill able to go to people’s homes to find the best spot on the land for it.

If you like bird watching tours, make sure to connect with Nancy and Bill for the latest bird sighting schedule.

It was a beautiful experience to be able to have the book signing for my book, which begins at the Christmas by Candlelight celebration at Old Sturbridge Village, right around the corner, here at The Bird Store And More, one of the best attractions to the town of Sturbridge.

book-signing-2A special note of thanks also goes out to Amanda who drove nearly four hours to attend this event. It is very much appreciated to meet up with dear, life-long friends. Thanks to Marie and Anthony for taking the time out of your busy schedule to attend both book signings, here and at Barnes & Noble Bookstores last week where MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS sold out of 20 copies. I am especially grateful to the many new friends I have made through the book signings, who came out to speak with me and who purchased the book for themselves or for the readers in their families. It was so good to see you all.

I hope everyone enjoys reading this book. It uses little known, real history to uncover the secrets of Christmas and Santa Claus, celebrated centuries before. It also shows why many in the 1830s did, and did not celebrate Christmas. It’s like a retro ancestry dot com through the empires and the effects that linger to the 1830s, down to today.

Thank You Nancy and Bill for such an enjoyable evening.

Linda Hourihan At Night Owl Christmas Open House ~ The Bird Store And More Dec 9


Linda Hourihan will be at The Night Owl Christmas Open House at The Bird Store And More, linda-hourihan-christmas4 Cedar Street, Sturbridge, MA Friday, December 9, from 6:30-9 p.m. for a book signing on her new book, “MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS,” subtitled “CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED.”

In this historical fiction/fantasy book, Grammy Rose takes her family to the Old Sturbridge Village Christmas by Candlelight celebration. Amid freshly-fallen snow and horse drawn sleigh and carriage rides, the family get split up. Half the family stays in real time, while the other half, after the fiasco with the Gingerbread House Contest, time travel back to the beginnings of Christmas, Santa Claus, and Noah and his sons. Through them, the family travels to the Babylonian, Mede-Persian, Greek and Roman Empires.

Their adventures take them from being present at the first manger scene and babysitting Jesus, to sailing ships across the Mediterranean and Aegean Sea, to the Greek Sanctuary of the Great Gods. They learn first-hand how holiday customs and traditions began, and how they transformed into today’s celebrations.

Last week’s book signing at the Tantasqua Book Fair held at Barnes & Noble Bookstores was a sellout. Plan to arrive early to make sure you can get your copy of MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS, and have it signed by the local author, Linda Hourihan.

More, 4 Cedar Street, Sturbridge, MA Friday, December 9, from 6:30-9 p.m. for a book signing on her new book, “MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS,” subtitled “CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED.”

In this historical fiction/fantasy book, Grammy Rose takes her family to the Old Sturbridge Village Christmas by Candlelight celebration. Amid freshly-fallen snow and horse drawn sleigh and carriage rides, the family get split up. Half the family stays in real time, while the other half, after the fiasco with the Gingerbread House Contest, time travel back to the beginnings of Christmas, Santa Claus, and Noah and his sons. Through them, the family travels to the Babylonian, Mede-Persian, Greek and Roman Empires.

Their adventures take them from being present at the first manger scene and babysitting Jesus, to sailing ships across the Mediterranean and Aegean Sea, to the Greek Sanctuary of the Great Gods. They learn first-hand how holiday customs and traditions began, and how they transformed into today’s celebrations.

Last week’s book signing at the Tantasqua Book Fair held at Barnes & Noble Bookstores was a sellout. Plan to arrive early to make sure you can get your copy of MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS, and have it signed by the local author, Linda Hourihan.

I hope to see you there!

MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS Sold Out At Barnes & Noble Bookstores ~ THANK YOU


Thank you Barnes and Noble Bookstores for featuring the historical front-coverfiction/fantasy/time travel book, Mystery of the Sturbridge Keys, subtitle, Christmas Unlocked, at The Shoppes at Blackstone Valley in Millbury today. The 20 books stocked for this event sold out by mid-day. The book signing event, part of the Tantasqua Regional School Book Fair, was a tremendous success.

Book buyers who missed out on this opportunity to purchase this timely treasure, will have a second opportunity to purchase this popular book on December 9, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at the Night Owl Christmas Open House at The Bird Store And More, 4 Cedar Street, Sturbridge.

back-cover-copyThe historical adventure novel commemorating the 70th anniversary of Old Sturbridge Village this year, begins at the Christmas by Candlelight celebration, complete with horse-drawn sleigh and stagecoach rides on snow-covered dirt roads. For the cast of family members remaining in real-time, they learn history by attending workshops in the 1830s buildings, bank, churches, and homes.

Other family members discover a secret hidden library and a set of antique keys which unlock antique locked books, transporting them into recent, ancient and pre-history. They learn how the real history of Christmas and Santa Claus, and the Babylonian, Mede-Persian, Greek and Roman Empires affect Old Sturbridge Village in 1830, shedding light and understanding on why Villagers of that time believe what they do.

The Night Owl Christmas Open House at The Bird Store And More, on Decuntitled-5 9, 6:30-9 p.m., will feature local author, Linda Hourihan, signing books, among many other unique gifts for family, friends, and friends with fur and feathers.