Speaking Engagements and Published Books
Guest Speaker Presentations
St John’s, Madison–Women’s Ministry Dinner, April 18, 2015
Our Lady of Sorrows, Birmingham–Catechist Presentation, Jan 7, 2015
Slides below. (Due to file size, there are 3 parts posted for talk, and 1 for handouts)
Diocese of Birmingham DRE Retreat, Dec, 2014
A TIME FOR COURAGE–Book 1 in the History Comes Alive Series
Tom Devaney is miserable at his new school. Teased by his fellow students, Tom is now assigned to be partners on a history project with one of his worst tormentors, JT Kennedy. While doing research at the library, Tom and JT suddenly find themselves outside the State House in colonial Philadelphia just prior to the writing of the Declaration of Independence.
As the two boys experience events straight from their history books and meet people like Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, Tom and JT slowly become friends. But can their friendship stand the test of time? Order the book from Amazon here
MARCH TO CANADA
Matthew Hollister longs for adventure. When he learns of the American military expedition to conquer Canada, Matthew is determined to join despite his father’s prohibition. After stowing away, Matthew becomes a member of the expedition led by Colonel Benedict Arnold. Along with Aaron Burr, Daniel Morgan and Morgan’s famous riflemen, Matthew quickly discovers that severe weather and many miles of desolate wilderness lay ahead. Out of supplies and faced by one obstacle after another in the wilderness, will Matthew and the expedition survive the march to Canada? Order the book from Amazon here
Ms. Semmens welcomes the opportunity to make author visits and conduct her “Through the Eyes of Abigail Adams” assembly for students. Through an impersonation of Abigail Adams, Ms. Semmens reviews and comments upon the historic events that occured during the founding years of the United States through the eyes of one of the nation’s greatest first ladies, Abigail Adams. The focus of the assembly is upon the impact one person can make on history by merely living one’s life as best as possible.