The Cloak Of Darkness

Imagine you are sitting in a dark room, alone. The sounds you hear make your heart beat faster and faster as fear mounts. Your eyes are closed and you clutch your hands together tightly.You want the darkness to end, but in this room crowded with unseen obstacles, you’re not sure how to find a light switch. Finally you stand and reach for the things around you hoping they will help you reach your goal. But you bang your body hard against an unmoving force. Dear Heavens, what is it ? Is it a danger to you? Should you try to run, but no, you cant see to get away. So you stand very still. You’re more afraid of moving than you are of whatever is in your way. Your fear reaches a crescendo and finally a scream makes its way through your lips. Louder and louder it projects its sound into a distant hallway. An answering yell is heard. The voice isn’t familiar, but at this point you are uncaring who finds you. The lights flash on and every corner of the room is flooded with lovely brightness. But even with your eyes staring all around you, there is no relief from the deep well of blackness. A darkness that is so new and frightening. You can not see. You’re totally blind. This blindness is a new reality that will never go away. You need help and they told you there was a way to learn to maneuver in your new world. It’s time to visit the Carroll Center For The Blind, where they can teach you to move around more freely. They will introduce you to a new friend who will be your constant companion. The gift of a seeing eye dog and the training to use him in every corner of your world. It seems a miracle at first,and it is. A miracle waiting for you to come discover it. With the help of donations both large and small, you will find your way in this Cloak of Darkness. 

Please consider donating to The Carroll Center who make miracles happen every day. Give a Tax deductible donation of your choice. There is no donation too large or too small, and you will bring light back into eyes once filled with panic and fear.Donate Today.



Free Expression

The schools I attended had very little art after first or second grade.We didn’t get much science either.In Junior High, art and science alternated once a week.That is a terrible way to bring light into a child’s life.When you were just starting to feel inspiration, you knew you had to wait two more weeks to see your work again.I can’t think of a worse way to rob a child of the very thing they need most from school. An outlet for creativity. An inspiring teacher who can teach any child to find a way to express their inner most secrets lying within. We all have the need to express ourselves.We all need to be exposed to the creativity of others. Without an outlet, we can explode in a negative way.Or we can bury ourselves in unspoken pain.All the children in our country, this mighty country, have to find the Light that lies within them.Whether it’s through music, artwork, or creative writing, they need to find a way to free expression.

Lyrics to Brave

Brave” Lyrics:
Wake up wake up the sun cannot wait for long
Reach out reach out before it fades away
You will find the warmth when you surrender
Smile into the fear and let it play

You wanna run away run away and you say that it can’t be so
You wanna look away look away
But you stay ’cause it’s all so close
When you stand up and hold out your hand
In the face of what I don’t understand
My reason to be brave

Hold on hold on so strong
Times just carries on
All that you thought was wrong is pure again
You can’t hide forever from the thunder
Look into the storm and feel the rain

You wanna run away run away and you say that it can’t be so
You wanna look away look away
But you stay ’cause it’s all so close
When you stand up and hold out your hand
In the face of what I don’t understand
My reason to be brave

Go on, go on

You wanna run away run away and you say that it can’t be so
You wanna look away look away
But you stay ’cause it’s all so close
When you stand up and hold out your hand
In the face of what I don’t understand
My reason to be brave

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Attack on Josh Groban…no way

So,you consider yourself capable of expressing the feelings of Catholics everywhere or what? Your disgusting comments about Josh Groban and his family are beneath contempt. I don’t know who is foolish enough to pay you for your work, but they should stop. YOU are an embarrassment to all Christians,but most especially to the Catholic Church.I would think you could find much more productive things to do instead…like a long time out in your room while you rethink how a good person,a Christian person is supposed to treat his fellow man.If we wanted to discuss families, maybe your’s should have spent some time with you behind a woodshed.Josh Groban’s talent is world are not.Jealousy is a sin.SO, get over yourself and apologize for most of what you write.

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The Person Who Is Josh Groban

So right off the bat, I’m no expert on  Josh Groban. But from my own view, there is no reason for any critic to say negative things about him. His talent as a singer,  writer, and performer,  speak for themselves. His caring nature shines in everything he does for the world around him . His funny, and  little bit  quirky  personality are what his  admirers love most. That smile, those warm brown eyes, and his humour let you see who lies beneath the talent and fame. If Josh couldn’t sing a note, didn’t have a single hair on his head, and was just the neighbour down the road, I would want him for a friend.

But he is a vastly talented person who deserves respect from critics. An uninformed, negative  opinion is nothing more than bullying  from somebody who’s paid to be rude. I have no admiration for that person, their job, or for the company that pays their salary.

Most sincerely stated, VerLen Sheehan

Autism..Know the Facts

Before anyone thinks they know what made the killer act, you need to know Autism. I’m not  an expert, so you’ll get no facts from me. Contact someone who is, read up on the subject, but don’t jump to conclusions. I have 5…yes 5, autistic cousins and I know many families with precious  autistic family members. And though 2 of my cousins can react with  violence and are separated from society because of this issue….NEITHER of them could plot or carry out an attack. They are brilliant, they have a problem few want to understand,  but they simply couldn’t do this deliberate act. I am 100 percent certain that this  mass murderer of babies acted on a sadistic hatred of anyone who got his mother’s attention  while feeling  he gone none. This was the plot and actions of a sick and dangerous madman. He  had problems that were far removed from Autism. What made him act as he did was  a behavioral problem of some sort: It was NOT autism. I pray for the victims of this senseless crime, I pray for their families, and I pray for everyone in America for the pain we are all going through. I pray that an arrangement will be made to rid our streets and cities of assault rifles and guns. you don’t need them to protect your home or feed your families. An assault gun or rifle is for one thing..mass killings by mass murderers.

Make it harder, no, make it  impossible,  for these instruments of death and destruction to land in American citizens hands.


Most sincerely, VerLen  Sheehan


A World Without Music

I don’t want to imagine what life would be without the magnificent sound of music. Consider the city filled with everyday sounds, the country with sounds of it’s own, and the silence of the desert in the middle of the day. What if those were the only sounds we heard? Horns honking angrily, people who are out of control,  shouting to anyone who’ll listen, the squeal of tires that anxiously try to stop in time, and the moans of the homeless no one listens to. Without music to heal our minds, soften our angry thoughts, and calm the animals who hear it, where would we be? We’d be no better off than the wild beasts of the forest. No better off than the birds at sea or fish swimming the oceans. It’s music that offers a chance to relax, take a moment to think before reacting and helps us to control impulsive behavior. We are members of the animal kingdom, but we are not meant to act like uncontrolled beasts. Without music in the schools, without arts in the schools, we will create children who are less than they could be. Let every child in America be all they are supposed to be.Keep the arts in school. Keep music in schools. Fill our minds and  souls with the blessings of music.

Donate to Find your Light Foundation

I just donated to Find Your  Light Foundation in memory of an almost ten year old boy who passed away on the 29th of December, 2011.He loved his last Christmas, said it was the best their family ever had.Many Christmases were marred by the illness of his sister Gloria, and then her death in September of 2007.They deserved to have a wonderful celebration last year.No one guessed that Anthony Strauss would be gone four days later, from a terrible accident that occurred on the twenty seventh.

If you have someone that you want to honour or remember, consider donating to Find Your Light, who bring the gift of light and music to children.

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Donate to Find Your Light Foundation

I just donated to Find Your Light in memory of an almost 10 year old boy who passed away last December on the 29th. He loved his last
Christmas..said it was the best their family had ever had.. The many Christmases before then were marred by the illness of his sister Gloria, and
then her death in September 2007… so they deserved to have a wonderful one last year. No one guessed that Anthony would be gone four days later,
from a terrible accident that happened on the 27th…If you have someone you’d like to honour or remember, consider donating to Find Your Light
Foundation, who bring the gift of  light and music to children.

When there is darkness…

When there is darkness all around you in this month of December, remember to call on the Lord for strength and comfort…pray for one another and for yourself, as well. I am Praying for all my friends and family, especially for the Strauss family who face an anniversary at the end of the month that they never wanted or needed in their life. If you know them personally, call on them, visit them with your prayers, and help to guide them through the first anniversary of Anthony’s death. They had already lost their daughter, Gloria in 2007, from cancer. They certainly never expected to be visited  by  the cold fingers of death again. When your world looks dark, remember they will have two empty seats at their table at   Christmas, the same empty chairs they face every day.  I thought losing my dad fours years ago right before Christmas was horrible, but it pales in comparison to the loss of two precious children. There is a huge difference between a ninety year old man who passes away from cancer and a young girl of only eleven. The accidental death of a small boy two weeks before his tenth birthday, and a few days after Christmas, is cruelty itself. If you are having trouble dealing  with the darkness of December, and  are missing the people you can no longer see at Christmas, remember this family in your prayers. It puts our losses into perspective. My prayers are with anyone who has lost somebody, especially at this time of year. Keep your heart tuned into the Lord.  He  is always there for you. Even when you can’t feel Him, His arms surround you. And to Find Your Light and share it with Children, Donate to The Find Your Light Foundation..who bring light and music to chidren.