I am in a giddy mood today (hence the cartoon). Nicky turns 19 today. Wow. Happy Birthday Darling! Ever since he was born we celebrated his birthday on Thanksgiving day because it’s so much more fun when we bring out the cake and the gifts while everyone is actually here. Not that we have that much family visiting, but at least his dad will be here, and this year his step-sister and her wife will be here as well. TheRead More →

It occurred to me this past weekend how when I saw a single negative or hateful post anywhere-on Facebook, Twitter or the Web at large-how it would just ruin my day. I would get a pit in my stomach that was riddled with ugliness and I couldn’t shake it. Let’s face it, hate is ugly. There is no way around it. I try so hard, SO HARD to remain positive, thankful, grateful about the gifts in my life, no matterRead More →

One of my favorite movies of all time is Frank Capra’s 1946 film It’s a Wonderful Life. Even as a child, I would watch parts of it over and over again and be mesmerized by the story, full of lessons for everyone. I am excited that I will be able to sit down once again this Christmas and enjoy it again, and yes, a box of Kleenex will be nearby for the tears that would undoubtedly roll down my cheeks when GeorgeRead 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 →

With Thanksgiving just a few hours away I’ve been pondering the words of a few relatives lately, relatives that I have a hard time speaking with because joy, thankfulness and looking for the silver lining no matter how dire the situation seems to not be part of their psyche. I would be ok to listen to their complaining if it was seldom, warranted and they took my feelings into consideration, but they never do. Their wining is constant, about smallRead More →