Wednesday, December 30, 2009

NEW Sourcebook Catalog!

Sourcebooks released its Spring 2010 catalog and there it is, on Page 33 - THE PEARLS OF THE STONE MAN! Cool!


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Column - 12/21/09

Edward Mooney, Jr.
Antelope Valley Press
December 21, 2009

TITLE: A teacher's letter to Santa.

Dear Santa,

Yes, I know. A Christmas List from, well, a middle-aged high school teacher and writer is a bit weird. Please forgive me; I'm envious of small children - my innocence disappeared so many years ago.

Do you remember how, as a child, I used to make my Christmas List in ascending order? The least important request would be listed first? Remember how I used to put stars after each item, to tell you how important each was?

Let's start with the least important aspects of Christmas; in other words, if I don't get these things I'll be a little disappointed, but I'll be alright. The stocking stuffers are "ONE STAR" items; you always know what to do.

The "TWO STARS" (things I'd like to have) include a "netbook" computer, a few new pairs of pants (I lost 55 pounds, you know), and Angels or Dodgers season tickets. I'd love more books about World War II history, and, oh, a cruise to Alaska would be cool!

The "THREE STARS" list includes things that would be missed a lot, but their absence would not mean an end to life as I know it. Our house could really need new carpeting, but pay cuts have hit hard. A new fence would really help, too. And maybe my wife could find a new place to work that will recognize her incredible talent working with disabled kids.

The "FOUR STARS" items are more critical. Their absence makes life more difficult. Actually, this category has just one item. These carry more cost, so I limit how many are on my list. This year's "FOUR STARS" request is simple.

Santa, so many children hate school, and so many more wish they could go to college and they're unable to do so. Could you wake lawmakers up? Please show them that, as Albert Einstein once said, "All that is valuable cannot be measured, and all that can be measured is not valuable." I became a teacher to give young people an alternative to a lost life of crime, but I'm confused by the message lawmakers seem to be sending: "Dump more work on them. Don't care about their needs." The kids see the contradiction - and they're angry.

The leaders seem to say, "work hard and get ready for college" at the same they're putting state colleges and universities out of reach for most kids. So many politicians worry about the generational cost of the deficits in government, but cannot see the horrible cost of a generation lost because there is no room in college for them.

The irony is that California is first in the nation in dollars spent per prisoner, and now last in dollars spent per student. How sad.

Please, open their eyes. Let them see that test scores do not equal excellence, but mediocrity. Let them see that by cutting our schools we're telling the middle class, who pay most of the taxes, to leave the state if they're concerned about their kids going to college.

As to my "FIVE STARS" item, well, I already have it. Life would be as empty as a dumpster without this. In fact, it was. Many years ago, when I lost my first wife, my home, and all my money, I was in despair. I called out to God and asked him to "take me home". I didn't want to live in the depths of that emptiness. It was Christmas week, and I had no way to buy gifts for my children.

He answered in a way that helped me understand the phrase "a Savior is born". I felt what I call a "Presence of Love", for no good reason, at that low point in my life. It was as real as anything I've ever seen. I touched the Presence of God. The dark emptiness was lifted.

This, to me, is truly Christmas. Jesus was born 20 centuries ago to break the horror of life being nothing more than emptiness, misery and death. That's everything to me. The creationism versus evolution debate is meaningless.
Whether or not America is a Christian nation is void. I touched the "empty
aloneness", and I now see that love is all that matters.

So, thanks again, 24 years later, for that FIVE STAR gift. I still like it. Get me any of the other items as you can. Really.

Merry Christmas, Antelope Valley!

Though for the Week: "Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord." Luke 2:11

Edward Mooney, Jr., a Palmdale author, is a teacher at Quartz Hill High School.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Merry Christmas, my friends! I pray the meaning of Christmas, the message of Jesus Christ, is heard through the din of shopping and stress. Here's something to consider...and I'm a proud member of the Conspiracy...

Watch the videos!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Mama Gnome's Blog

As someone concerned about the environment, I'd like to recommend Mama Gnome's Blog. It's at:

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Thanksgiving thought.

I have discovered that being thankful is the key to finding happiness. Though I have felt the aching pain of loss in this journey through life I have discovered much to be thankful for.

"Happiness travels in a thankful heart." - Edward Mooney, Jr.

Monday, November 23, 2009

John Michael Talbot

My friends,

Please consider donating to help a wonderful Christian brother. John Michael Talbot, a wellknown Christian muscician and monk in Arkansas, suffered through a terrible fire; his small monastery was destroyed in 2008. If you've heard of him, he's a kind and giving man. His website is at:

Thank you.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Check out my newly redesigned website -

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Sourcebooks musings

I just have to express my gratitude to Peter Lynch, Carrie Gellin, Tiffany Breyne, Anne Landa, and many other professionals with Sourcebooks. This last month I've been so impressed with their dedication, their professionalism (yes, I know I've used that word twice in one paragraph, but I mean it) and their follow-through.

Besides, they've had to put up with me...

I know the new edition of "The Pearls of the Stone Man" is going to be super come March of 2010. These people are the reason.


Saturday, November 14, 2009

New website coming!

I'm working on the 2010 version of my personal website. Sneak a peak at the "still under construction" website:

Friday, November 13, 2009

The new Sourcebooks edition of "The Pearls of the Stone Man" will be released, I'm told, in March of 2010. The ISBN is 9781402238314. The Sourcebooks page for the book is:


A beginning.

Welcome to the Stone Man's Pearls. I pray that all words posted here will truly be gems, but I'll never forget I'm just as human as the next person and just as likely to post some rocks of the fields here as well.