This is my book!! It’s basically a compilation of columns I wrote in the early to mid 2000s. “Special Mommy Chronicles” was a featured site in Exceptional Parent Magazine‘s February 2003 issue. It was also featured as an on-going column in the Mahoning Valley Parent Magazine of Ohio from April 2003 to September 2004. Over twenty websites, such as Contemporary Moms, Bridges for Kids and About.com, linked to a column on their front page or posted specific Special Mommy Chronicles Columns/ArticlesRead More →

I was asked once why I do not use my personal blog to talk about my son or EB, as others do. The answer is a very personal one and a respectful one. I want to keep everything separate. My life is such a roller coaster right now, and has been for nearly two decades, that if I don’t keep my thoughts straight, I might lose my mind. I keep a blog about Nicky, where on occasion I always talkRead More →

If there was one person in my family that I’ve always admired is my aunt (zia) Caterina. Caterina was actually my great-aunt, as she was my grandma’s little sister. Even though we did not live close by, my dad, who absolutely adored her, made sure we took the time to visit her at least once a year. Why was she so special? Mainly because she suffered a great deal, which made her one of the most compassionate and kind peopleRead More →

Marilyn Monroe was right in this, one of her favorite quotes. It’s all make believe. It truly is! I was grocery shopping just yesterday and one of those gossip magazines caught my eye… ‘stars without makeup’. I never buy gossip rags, but I do make an exception when we get to see the stars, the stars everyone tries to imitate because they seem to be so perfect, so flawless, so amazingly beautiful, being, well, so amazingly human! Yes, I bought it. Guilty asRead More →

After several months of not going to the Beauty Salon to get my ‘full set’ done I noticed yesterday that my hands were disastrous. Not only they looked like I was a farmer, I have that annoying habit of chewing the skin around it too, so there was blood around it and, frankly, they hurt. Not again!! My husband always tells me I have a non-addictive personality and a few friends have commented on that as well, but there isRead More →

I wrote this as a Facebook/MySpace/Blogspot post a couple of years ago-I tweaked it and updated it a bit but I felt this information is worth sharing and keeping ‘out there’ so to speak. There are quite a few family and friends, including some I’ve reconnected with recently, or within the past couple of years who are not sure what Nicky has or what’s going on with his health, so I figured I’d clue everyone in because in the comingRead More →

The day before the tragic events of 9/11, my family nearly avoided a tragedy as well. My mom was recovered at a hospital in Italy and she was not doing good. In the next few days we almost lost her. She started bleeding heavily in the middle of the night and she became unconscious. By the grace of God, a Nurse checked in on her in the nick of time and found her in a pool of blood. The amazingRead More →

About a year ago, when Prince William married Kate Middleton, I ran across an article that stated that the pair were actually 12th cousins, once removed. I was amused. Wow! Being an avid genealogist I think that these findings are quite remarkable. 12th cousins once removed, means the genealogists that researched their ancestries had to go back roughly 12-13 generations to find the common ancestor. Not a hard find since royal roots are well documented. We always hear of theseRead More →