I am Dana, a writer, editor, social media junkie,
and a haunt mom living in the thriving metropolis of Bakersfield, California.
A Little About Me…
I am a freelance writer for various magazines, a seven-time contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul, former president of Writers of Kern, and I love working with haunted attractions across the United States. When I earned my degree in English, someone said, “Wow, you just wasted four years of college for a degree you can never use.” My response was, “It took me nine years, thank you.” I am a mother, wife, daughter, sister, and friend. My favorite pastimes are baseball, scary actors, and helping people achieve their writing goals.
At 17, Danielle Marie Gould died in a tragic car accident. She was gone instantly, but when firefighters arrived on scene, they saw something written on Danielle’s hand that would stop them in their tracks and start a chain reaction of faith and healing that no one could anticipate after such a tragic loss. Grief over the death of a loved one can be an almost unbearable experience, especially when it involves the loss of a child. In One Extraordinary Life, Pastor Mike Osthimer presents the lives of two young girls who died just two months apart, tragedies that tested the faith of the families involved and the church family, itself. Osthimer uses his own research on grief and his experiences counseling grief-stricken people to try to bring hope to what seems like a hopeless situation. In One Extraordinary Life, you will meet Danielle Gould and learn how she lived, who she loved, and discover the legacy she left for the world.
“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. ’tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”
- Mark Twain
It is Thursday afternoon, and Centennial High School’s baseball team takes the field for fall practice, playing a game of T-ball in order to hammer out kinks in fielding and give players a little batting practice. A few eager dads trickle in to the stands to watch, hoping to...