About the Authors


Don Rose

To Jenny Rose, my wife, for making me write down my stories.
To Krista Rose Latiolais, my daughter, for teaching me how to be a dad.
To Holly Rose Lopez, my daughter, for always making me laugh.
To Joel Compton, my son, for always making me think.
To Madison Rose, my daughter, who in her short 25 years taught me to always “go for it” and to “live life to the fullest.
To Elena Ricevuto, for all her hard work checking our spelling and grammar.
To MaryJo Moore, for a wonderful web design, graphics, and dedication.
To Rayanne Vieira, for illustrating our visions.
To Javier Lopez, my son-in-law, for being an insightful poet and steady partner in this series of books.

— Don Rose



I dedicate this book to my awesome wife for always being there for me and loving me even when I’m annoying. You’re the best! Also, to my four wild and crazy kiddos who keep me on my toes and help me want to escape to When the Day Ends and Dreams Begin. I also dedicate this book to all my nieces and nephews, whom I love very much. As a matter of fact, some of the poems and stories might be about you guys.

— Javier Lopez

Family Dedication