~ Richard Lawrence Belford ~

Inspirational Author

A Mother's Work Is Never Done

I remember my mother telling me during one of the many occasions we would gaze up at the stars over our family’s cottage, that she had often thought since her own mother’s passing that the brightest star was actually my grandmother, watching over her.

I have never forgotten it and genuinely believe that we should always reflect upon our most cherished memories, because whether your mother is still with you or not, she will always live in your heart.

So, for those still fortunate enough to have their mothers, God bless her! And for all who are not as blessed, this is for you. I hope the following story and its parable bring you joy.

                                 July 1, 2011 Canada’s 144th Birthday

On May 3rd 2011, Richard wrote The Duke of Cambridge Prince William enclosing a copy of his poem “A Mother’s Work Is Never Done” in anticipation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s July 1st 2011 visit to Richard’s hometown of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, where His Royal Highness Prince William unselfishly shared in Canada’s 144th birthday celebrations on what must have been a most difficult day, given it was also his late mother Diana’s 50th birthday.

Richard received a reply dated June 28th 2011, thanking him for his thoughtful letter and beautiful poem. The letter from Saint James Palace informed Richard that His Royal Highness not only read "A Mother's Work Is Never Done" but was deeply touched by it's words of support & encouragement and included Prince William's warmest thanks & heartfelt best wishes.

In August 2011 not only was Richard's poem 'A Mother's Work is Never Done" and the letter from Prince William referenced in Greetings Today Magazine, but his insights regarding inspirational writing were also quoted throughout their feature article on verse, sentiment and sympathy.

Greetings Today is owned by Lema publishing and is the United Kingdom's highest circulation business magazine for publishers, suppliers, buyers and retailers of greetings cards. The article entitled; "An Eloquent Send" can be viewed here.

Below are copies of the letter Richard wrote The Duke of Cambridge, the poem "A Mother's Work is Never Done" and the subsequent letter received from Saint James Palace.

“A Mother’s Work is Never Done” is available at signsforyourlife.com 

JULY 2017

“It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later” 

GenZ Publishing to release inspirational book about life, love and loss.

“It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later” is an 8½ x 11’’ full-color coffee table book that includes; beautifully illustrated artwork, inspiring quotes and a collection of Richard Lawrence Belford’s inspirational parables, accompanied by the stories behind their creation.

A parable by definition is a symbolic short story that illustrates or teaches some truth, religious principle or moral lesson and trust that Richard’s parables, along with his stories will stir some emotions in you that we’ve all felt, emotions that can help bring some small measure of solace to those grieving the loss of someone dear to their heart.

Now, although “It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later” is about loss, it’s also about the many lives and love shared by; mothers, daughters, fathers & sons; husbands, wives, sisters & brothers; grandparents & grandchildren; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews & cousins; Not to mention, all of these relative’s closest in-laws and the inseparable best friends of each, and every person listed.

As just one of literally millions of people who have lived, loved and experienced loss Richard strongly encourages you to read this book. He truly hopes it inspires you to always try and say; “I’ll see you later, instead of goodbye.”

Richard’s dedicated the book to the memory, and written its forward as tribute to his father. He hopes it makes him proud. 

It will be available at Barnes & Noble bookstores, barnesandnoble.com, amazon.comamazon.ca and is being released this Summer by innovative publisher GenZ Publishing

                       ©2017 Richard Lawrence Belford 

“ We are all tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch, 

we are going back from whence we came.” 

~ John F. Kennedy ~

“In The Blink Of An Eye”

Unfortunately, I like most people remember exactly where I was and what I was doing fifteen-years ago Tuesday, September 11, 2001 on what initially promised to be a very beautiful autumn day.

I also recall what I was thinking, and just how helpless I felt when witnessing the horrific sights and sounds that were to come.There was nothing I could do then, but in the days that followed I wrote the following parable

It was then, as it is now my sincere hope that it would someday serve to assure those who lost loved ones, that by virtue of our thoughts they were and never will be, alone.

In the spring of 2013 Reed Photo Art & Imaging’s Designer, Dan Reed and Richard’s collaborative artwork entitled; “In The Blink Of An Eye” was registered with the 9/11 Memorial Artist’s Registry, along with the following artist’s statement:

“It is my genuine desire that the words and images on this artwork not only provide some refection, but also serve to assure all those who lost loved ones that by virtue of our thoughts, they were never alone."

Richard Lawrence Belford

As a Canadian Author, Richard has always taken a tremendous amount of pride in his being allowed to take part in The National September 11 Memorial & Museum’s rebuilding efforts and looks forward to doing even more in the future. His Portfolio and Resume can be viewed at the following link: www.911memorial.org/registry/rlbelford 

On September 25, 2013 Richard was given the following Basno 9/11 Memorial Supporter Badge as a token of gratitude for supporting the nonprofit National September 11 Memorial & Museum. 


“In The Blink Of An Eye” is available at: signsforyourlife.com 

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