My Interview with Good Morning Carolina!

Last week I was interviewed for a feature about The Kindred Spirit Mailbox on Good Morning Carolina. The episode aired on Monday Morning (May 18th) between 5:30am and 7am on WWAY. Sandy Payne and I rode out to the Mailbox and talked about some of the history behind it and how it was repaired after Tropical Storm Ana.

Here’s the video from the show (I didn’t see it live, it aired a little too early, even for me!)

Kindred Spirit Mailbox Interview on Good Morning Carolina

The Kindred Spirit is Back!

The Kindred Spirit is back! A big ‘Thank You’ to everyone who helped, this mailbox is truly being watched over! Our wonderful group of volunteers went out today and quickly set to work. The mailbox was put back in its original place (or as close as we could get since there was no marker), the bench was plotted next to it, and the flagpole was straightened and re-roped, and equipped with a new flag.

I cannot begin to thank everyone who helped, offered support, supplies, donations, and words of encouragement–there would simply be a never ending list. During the chaos of this week I looked up the definition on Kindred, it means “Relationship by blood.” After this week, I do not think even blood could unite this many people. The spirit of the mailbox is something much greater.

Riding down the the Mailbox, Supplies in tow.

Riding down to the the Mailbox, supplies in tow.

Couldn't have asked for a better day.

Couldn’t have asked for a better day

The Crew Walking Down

The Crew walking down

Erosion from Tropical Storm Ana

Erosion from Tropical Storm Ana

That's why they call is Bird Island

That’s why they call it Bird Island

Modeling the New Mailbox

Modeling the New Mailbox

I can't believe how much of the dunes washed away

I can’t believe how the dunes washed away

Debris in front of the Mailbox from the Storm

Debris in front of the Mailbox from the storm

Barren Flagpole

Barren flagpole

They started coming in droves

The helpers started coming in droves

The downed Mailbox and Bench

The downed Mailbox and bench

The bench miraculously remained in one piece

The bench miraculously remained in one piece

The Mailbox

The Mailbox

Journals from Post-Ana

Journals from Post-Ana

Strategy Meeting

Strategy meeting

Planning and Plotting

Planning and plotting

The New (Metal) Mailbox

The new (metal) Mailbox

Debris from the Storm

Debris from the storm

This trees is holding up these dunes

This tree is holding up this dune

Working Hard

Working hard

Picking up trash from the area.

Picking up trash

Removing the Old Mailbox (although not so old, it's only been there a month!)

Removing the old Mailbox, although not so old, it’s only been there a month!

Digging Holes

Digging holes

Fixing the flagpole

Fixing the flagpole

“Quick someone Google how to thread a flagpole”

Joey helping out

Joey helping out

Re-roping the flagpole

Re-roping the flagpole

Our trusty ropers

A little spot of Paradise

A little spot of paradise

The Kindred Spirit

The Kindred Spirit Bench

Mailbox and Bench, back together again

Mailbox and bench, back together again

In business again!

What a view!

What a view!

Raising the Flag

Raising the flag

There is goes!

There she goes!

Blowing in the wind

The Kindred Spirit Mailbox is back!

The Kindred Spirit Mailbox is back!

Writing in the notebook

Writing in a notebook

The Kindred Spirit

The Kindred Spirit is here at Sunset Beach

Our wonderful volunteers!

Our wonderful volunteers!

The Kindred Spirit Mailbox Needs Our Help after Tropical Storm Ana

Over the weekend, Tropical Storm Ana washed the Kindred Spirit Mailbox and the nearby bench away. They discovered it was missing after the storm and several people went looking for it. Both the Mailbox and the bench have been found by some dedicated searchers who combed the area.

We made it out to Bird Island early this morning to assess the damage and develop a plan of action. The bench and the mailbox have been returned to the area, but we’re going to need some help getting the Kindred Spirit up and running again!

We need as many volunteers as we can get to help us re-install the Mailbox and the bench on THURSDAY, MAY 14th at 8AM. We will meet at the 40th Street access and walk down from there. If you’ve got one, bring a shovel.

The tides will give us about 3 hours to get the work done. We truly appreciate all of the help we can get and please spread the word. If you love the mailbox, or ever sought solace from it please pass the word along that she needs our help!

Thank You.

Kindred Spirit Mailbox needs our help after Tropical Storm Ana 1

 

Kindred Spirit Mailbox needs our help after Tropical Storm Ana 2

 

Kindred Spirit Mailbox needs our help after Tropical Storm Ana 3

 

Kindred Spirit Mailbox needs our help after Tropical Storm Ana 4

 

Kindred Spirit Mailbox needs our help after Tropical Storm Ana 5

 

Kindred Spririt Mailbox Damaged in Tropical Storm Ana 1

 

Kindred Spririt Mailbox Damaged in Tropical Storm Ana 2

 

Kindred Spririt Mailbox Damaged in Tropical Storm Ana 3

 

Kindred Spririt Mailbox Damaged in Tropical Storm Ana 4

Cemetery Kids 2 is Out!

Cemetery Kids 2 The Ghosts of Bird Island Find a FamilyHope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! I am lucky enough to still be enjoying a relaxing holiday with family and friends.

As much as I tried to have the second Cemetery Kids out before Christmas, life got in the way. However, I didn’t miss my deadline by muchmy latest book Cemetery Kids Ghosts of Bird Island Find a Family is out! It is only out as a Kindle E-book right now, but the printed version will be available next week on Amazon.com. The Pelican Bookstore in Sunset Beach will have it in stock next week and so will the local gift stores.

I truly enjoyed writing this book knowing how much everyone was looking forward to the sequel. Below is the blurb from the back cover, enjoy!

As Christmas approaches, Drew and Piper have their hands full with Kevin and eight bumbling ghosts. Connor, having become Kevin’s best friend, is now using his powers to protect Kevin from bullies at school. Piper is concerned that by him doing this, he could become a bully himself.

Holly, Nicholas and Victoria earn their form through very different rescues—one of which has Drew and Piper making long range plans. But Drew’s ex-girlfriend Marin has plans of her own. She wants Drew back and will go to any lengths to make that happen. The cemetery kids, through their misguided shenanigans, manage to convince Marin that Piper is an evil witch, when she’s really the evil one.

Kevin shows the stuff he’s made of when danger confronts his enemy; and one timely rescue due to the cemetery kids’ premonitions, becomes a game changer for the whole family. Christmas is a time of comfort, joy, and peace. For Piper, Drew, and their new family, the peace they seek is hard fought. But they’re working as a team now, so they’re worthy opponents for anything that could come their way.

Buy Cemetery Kids The Ghosts of Bird Island Find a Family on Amazon.com

The Second Mailbox

There’s a little known second mailbox hidden up a path on the dunes that’s not always visible.  It was dedicated to a woman who died, by her family and friends a few years back. There was some controversy when it was first installed, but it’s become accepted by the locals now.  It’s got a great view and has its own rustic little bench like the original mailbox. It’s even more quiet and secluded than the first mailbox. It’s just another one of those hidden treasures you find when you come to Sunset Beach.

Little Known Second Mailbox

Has it's own bench too

Quiet and Secluded

Awesome view