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!)
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 to the the Mailbox, supplies in tow.
Couldn’t have asked for a better day
The Crew walking down
Erosion from Tropical Storm Ana
That’s why they call it Bird Island
Modeling the New Mailbox
I can’t believe how the dunes washed away
Debris in front of the Mailbox from the storm
The helpers started coming in droves
The downed Mailbox and bench
The bench miraculously remained in one piece
Journals from Post-Ana
Planning and plotting
The new (metal) Mailbox
Debris from the storm
This tree is holding up this dune
Picking up trash
Removing the old Mailbox, although not so old, it’s only been there a month!
Fixing the flagpole
“Quick someone Google how to thread a flagpole”
Joey helping out
Re-roping the flagpole
Our trusty ropers
A little spot of paradise
The Kindred Spirit Bench
Mailbox and bench, back together again
In business again!
What a view!
Raising the flag
There she goes!
Blowing in the wind
The Kindred Spirit Mailbox is back!
Writing in a notebook
The Kindred Spirit is here at Sunset Beach
Our wonderful volunteers!
Hope 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 much—my 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
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.