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Local Author Enjoys Publication of 2nd Book

Marion Lee, a resident of Emmitsburg, has written a book entitled, Of Moose and Miracles. Marion is married to Edward Levandowski. They are the parents of three daughters and the proud grandparents of three grandchildren. Marion moved to Emmitsburg five years ago after her husband retired. They had lived in the Dallas area for ten years before returning to their roots. It was while visiting a dear friend in Emmitsburg that Marion became enchanted with our little town.

"Although I am originally from Pennsylvania, and had visited Maryland on many occasions, I had never been to Emmitsburg and I must confess, it was love at first sight. Emmitsburg is holy ground. There is such a rich heritage of faith here. The stories I write all have a God Touch-I love to share experiences people have had where they know, without a doubt, that God has touched their lives. Life is full of frustrations and sorrows and we all need to be reminded of just how much God loves us."

It wasn't long after settling in Emmitsburg that Marion became active in the community. In addition to occasionally writing human interest stories for the Emmitsburg Dispatch, she is involved in volunteer work at St. Catherine's Nursing Home and the Mission of Mercy. As a free lance writer, Marion feels Emmitsburg provides just the right atmosphere. "In Emmitsburg, we're privileged to have places like the Basilica and the Grotto where real flesh and blood heroes of the faith have set the tone. It's not only a great place to live but a great place to write as well!"

Of Moose and Miracles is a book that offers a personal glimpse into the deep faith of a family nurtured in love. There are seven children and the youngest, Kraig, is suddenly stricken with a brain stem tumor. During Kraig's illness, Divine Providence leads the family into the path of a seminarian, a late vocation. It doesn't take long to realize that a mysterious and wondrous plan is afoot. Through the transcendent power of God, a partnership is forged in time and in eternity that fortifies the faith of the newly ordained priest, Fr. Jacques LaPointe, enabling him to move mountains in his ministry.

Of Moose and Miracles is a story that will lift your heart and restore your faith. It's about a family that everyone can identify with--you will experience the depth of their pain but, in the end, you can't help but rejoice in recognition of the grace that God lavishes upon them.
The title embodies the innocent playfulness of a child and the reality of bona fide miracles.

Of Moose and Miracles was awarded the Project Oasis Book Award for offering hope, strength and courage in the lives of children and their families. The cost of the book is $12.95 and it is available at St. Philomena's bookstore in Emmitsburg or on the internet by going to, or you can order it directly through the publisher: CMJ Marian Publishers, PO Box 661, Oak Lawn, IL 60454.