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“Shouldn’t athletes be less clumsy? He practically knocked you over!” I reply, attempting to bring Kayla back to reality and insult the god of high school football all at the same time.
“I know, I know . . . you think he’s just a dumb jock. But he is one hot dumb jock. He’s the quarterback—“
“—with a heart of gold,” I finish.
–On The Outward Appearance by D. Marie Prokop
I know what you’re thinking—I’m one of those sexy, muscle-bound avenging angels straight out of a summer blockbuster. No, not really. Rarely have I waltzed away in victory with phoenix-fire flames as my backdrop. Maybe once—but I wasn’t paying attention. The stress and responsibility of this job is distracting.
I’m no angel. Usually after a fight, I slink away into the dark alone.
-TIGRESS: a short story by D. Marie Prokop
“I lost my nerve, yet peace surrounds.”
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Mmm . . . is that Beef Burgundy? Great. Now I’m drooling. Meat, glorious, meat! That’s all I desire—on Valentine’s Day or any day. My stomach rumbles. Man, this is torture!
So, why am I here? Because I made a promise four years ago. It seems the fair rate of exchange for having one’s life saved is a lifetime of indebtedness. But I’m old-fashioned like that.
Anyway, tonight isn’t about me. Tonight there’s evil to fight.
Yep, I’m a superhero.
To celebrate the canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta today and to encourage her spirit of compassion, I’m sharing this old blog post about Mercy Ships. Please consider how you can offer Mercy and compassion in your world today.
It is all for the bright!
More than 75% of the world’s population lives within 100 miles of a port city. In many places around the world, there are children and adults in desperate need of healthcare. Mercy Ships are equipped with clean water, reliable electricity, and medical personnel offering free medical and dental services for people in underprivileged countries. In my series, Days of the Guardian, there are ships filled with rescued people rescuing others, including a ship called the Mother Teresa, a hospice ship. I had never heard of Mercy Ships before writing the first book, The Red String, but I am thrilled to discover someone had the vision and tenacity to make them a reality, not simply a dream of fiction. Please watch the video below and learn about these amazing ships.
Also, please consider buying a shirt from Sevenly this week. (The charity of the week is Mercy Ships.) With every shirt sold, a donation of $7 goes to help those without access to life-changing medical care around the world. Look at the amazing similarity of the Mercy Ships shirt design with The Red String‘s book cover design! God is not small, folks. We are all guardians of one another.
The Cursed Child is a rehashing of the HP world, an epilogue, if you will, in screenplay format. Will everyone like it? No. Did I? Yes. Why, you ask? (Pretend I’m answering in a British accent, thereby sounding way more professorial and magical than I am.)
Why did I, D. Marie Prokop, like The Cursed Child?
Because, like the most recent version of Harry Potter, I’m a middle-aged, tired, over-worked parent who, deep-down, really wants her kids to like her. I also miss the glory days of inhaling children’s and YA literature as easy to digest and as undeniably delicious as Harry Potter. Though I am NOT off sweets as an adult, there are many things I miss about being young. As a parent of teens, The Cursed Child felt like J.K. included me in the story this time also. There were tears and stuff. Grown-up, muggle-style ones…
J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series is unrivaled, in my opinion. Her fantasy story about an adolescent misfit wizard inspired millions of children to read fiction. Respect is due. And I hate to let a good story end. Therefore, I thoroughly enjoyed this epilogue-of-sorts. I also appreciated the format. I read a LOT, but I have a jam-packed life, and screenplays are much easier to digest quickly. I took it slow simply because I have a stubborn side that didn’t want the magic to stop. Again.
Anyway, I don’t want to give away any spoilers, so I won’t go into details. I’ll suffice it to say, the story was okay. Not fantastic, but okay. It was new-ish, with gobs of nostalgia to take you back in time without a time-turner. Remember Bane, Platform Nine and ¾, Dolores Umbridge, Cedric Diggory, the Mauraders Map, Moaning Myrtle, and the Invisibility Cloak?
Good times . . . again.
TROLLEY WITCH: These hands have made over six million Pumpkin Pasties. I’ve gotten quite good at them. But what people haven’t noticed about my Pumpkin Pasties is how easily they transform into something else . . .
She picks up a Pumpkin Pasty. She throws it like a grenade. It explodes.
HARRY: You really think this could all mean something?
HERMIONE (with a smile): It could do. But if it does, we’ll find a way to fight it, Harry. We always have.
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