1st Anniversary

It's my daughter Lauren and son-in-law Michael's first wedding anniversary. A year of firsts; first home, first holidays and first baby. Time moves on so quickly that we sometimes get so involved in the everyday routines that we forget to take notice of those special moments and they just pass. One year ago today Lauren…

Father’s Day

We have lots of days to celebrate things.  Birthdays, holidays and one of them is Father's Day.  A day dedicated to the first man in our life who takes care of us and guides us; dad.  I have been blessed with a very special dad.  Now 86 years old, he has been the foundation in my…

Welcome 2012!

Christmas is over and the new year is here.  The holidays are just a memory and a new journey begins.  In theory, it is just another Sunday  however, in reality it is much more than that.  We like to start things fresh, like stepping on untouched snow or writing on a clean sheet of paper.  This year…

My Christmas Wish….

Merry Christmas!Things I wish for this Christmas..... I wish for continued health and longevity for my family and friends, you do not appreciate good health until you no longer have it. I wish for peace but understand unrest, for it is only when we are pushed to our limits do we flourish and grow. I…

The Pursuit of the Perfect Present….

The holidays are synonymous with gift giving and lots of presents.  The daily report on the news about holiday shopping tries to track just how many people are shopping and what they spend.  Both online and offline, the availability to shop is endless all due to the quest  for the 'perfect present'.  Children have a…

I Love a Parade….

I attended the Naples, Florida Christmas Parade this past Tuesday.  The Gulf Coast Sharks, the high school band my daughter marches with was there as well as bands from some of the other high schools in Naples.  The parade was magical.  It was an hour and half of Christmas cheer.  There were Santa's, snowmen, living…

The pursuit of holiday magic…

The holidays keep us busy.  Shopping, decorating, baking are just a few of the many tasks that make the holidays a special time.  Unfortunately, making things so special actually can be stressful for many people.  The saying, youth is wasted on children is never more apparent during the holidays.  The lengths that people will go…

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is the official kick-off to the holidays and a day for family and friends.  Every year as we sit at the Thanksgiving table, we go around to ask everyone sitting at that table what exactly they are thankful for.  Although a hungry bunch does not want to hear an excessively long list, here is…

Independence Day

We live in a country that gives us wonderful things.  Freedom, a voice and choices.  Although we all come from different parts of the world, as a nation true Americans are proud of our history and traditions.  Today July 4th is our nations birthday and while we all go to the beach, attend bar b cues…

Our History & Traditions

History: we all have one.  Our relatives and ancestors before us are the reason we are here today.  Passed down from generation to generation many of our customs and traditions of today came from our ancestors.  The foods and stories are just some of the traditions of my family.  With Easter here and my parents as a captive audience…