My mother always loved New England churches and not just because she’d played Beano (Bingo) in almost every one of them. Her favorite church though, was on Arch Street in Boston. It was special to her because it’s the Shrine of her patron saint, St. Anthony the patron of lost things. Whenever my mother misplaced … Continue reading A Twenty and Two Tuna Sandwiches ….
My mom passed today at the age of 96...about a month short of what would have been her 97th birthday. Anyone who knew her would tell you it was an experience knowing and being around her... She shot from the hip, straight true and direct... I'll miss her strength, infinite capacity to forgive and her … Continue reading The Steel Lady
I have always been a bit curious about non-traditional medicine but frankly haven’t ever needed it. Over the past four weeks however, I have been suffering with a sore and swollen left knee, which has got me looking for a get well plan. When I get an injury I tend to use fuzzy logic derived … Continue reading Laughter might be the best medicine… but hickeys and knee jerking seem to help too..
I’m a week into my retirement and I’m feeling very unqualified to answer the many questions I’ve been asked. How does it feel being retired? What’s it like? What’s your plan? Are you going back to work? How does you wife feel about having you home all day? And on and on…they never stop …but … Continue reading The Retirement Rookie
My Retirement Plan: Make every day Saturday …except Saturday which becomes Super Saturday…. I have always loved Saturday’s. For years I have tried to find a way to fit a day in between Saturday and Sunday to make it last …. I tried taking a Friday or Monday off to see if that would … Continue reading I’m retiring… everyday but Saturday.
To me photography is as much art as any painting or sculpture. I’m sure my bias comes from working for Polaroid for 20 plus years starting in the late 1970's …. During that time, I grew to love a great photographs knowing intimately what goes into their making. Over my career at Polaroid I worked with … Continue reading Images in my mind….
Katelyn Mary....This is an open letter to you …days before your 36th birthday. I've been sitting here at my desk wondering where time has gone, while you have been busy emerging from adolescence into womanhood. Happy Birthday you have earned it! I know reading any of my blog posts would be painful to the English professor side of you. I … Continue reading An open letter to my eldest daughter..
I come across the most bizarre magazine articles while waiting for an oil change at Jiffy Lube. I stumbled upon one in an old edition of the American Journal of Epidemiology "The risk factors for non-shavers vs shavers". It started by saying “We did find an association between low frequency of sexual intercourse and infrequent … Continue reading Clean Shaving, Hot Sex & Heart Failure
I grew up in a town with a lot of bars. This particular one is tucked behind Central Square, Cambridge and was called Charlie's Tap, a gritty workingman's tavern. I hated the place as a kid.... because my mother worked there as a barmaid.... a fact I was not proud of as a kid growing up. … Continue reading Charlie’s Tap
There’s an old brick building on the corner of Main and Osborn Street in Cambridge Massachusetts that arguably could be considered the birthplace of the modern day smart phone. An unassuming structure as historic buildings go, for years it looked like an abandoned warehouse but inside the beauty of innovation has blossomed for years. What … Continue reading Brick walls that talked and made pictures
Team, I sent this message to all of you in 2010 to inspire us all to use that winter wisely and to promote a healthy 2011 race season. We may be a few years older but the message is still a good one... USMC Motivation Sgt. Ferguson Messages from the past: A 2010 Season Winter … Continue reading New Message, Same As the Old Message
Big Mike "Cheeks" Paquette...a Marine Corps brother of mine retired yesterday. He's 2 days older than I am.... I am very happy for him .....and wish him all the best, but I'm envious of his new retired status. At the end of his last day, I received the following text message from him: “Just had … Continue reading Cigars, Blue Birds and Black Bush Whiskey ….
Some believe in signs from the universe and others believe in coincidences… I think it is more fun to believe that the universe sends signs to us… and I often get the feeling that something or someone is sending me messages. A few weeks ago I kept hearing references to Stoicism. You must … Continue reading Believing in Signs
When you love your kids there isn’t a mountain high enough that you won’t climb for them…but it doesn’t mean you’ll like the hike….. I saw this phrase posted on the back of a car in the Pheasant Lane Mall parking lot today and laughed to myself…not because I felt it applied to my kids … Continue reading Not a perfect parent.. and that’s OK
I never know where some of the words I use come from. For instance, At work this morning I got in a heated conversation about a work process that bothers the hell out of me and before I knew it…..out came “if there is one thing that gets my balls in an uproar it is” … Continue reading Where words come from
Lance Armstrong is back on his bike …and I couldn’t be happier. I have been waiting for more than 3 years for him to get back on his trusty steed … (Mano to Bike). Biking can be a metaphor for life when you think about it. Those of you that love to ride bikes should … Continue reading Lance Armstrong is back.
Before Spiderman, Superman, The Hulk and Cat woman became popular Catholic’s had to rely on the saints as our super hero's. In my family Saint Anthony was our chosen holy super hero. His super power was to help find anything lost. It's a tradition to conjure up his superpower by chanting "St. Anthony, Saint Anthony please come around... something is lost and must be … Continue reading Super Hero’s on the Half Shell
Growing up Catholic in Boston is was a given that on Friday’s we ate fish. To me the best place for fish on Friday’s was always Legal Seafood in Cambridge. Not the new swanky joint in Kendall Sq. I mean the old hole in the wall that was in Inman Sq. In 1968 the Berkowitz … Continue reading Something smells fishy
Sometimes in life it’s just more fun to go with the flow. When we are “in the flow” we see more of the humor in things. This past Sunday was one of those perfect spring days, warm and sunny… The kind of day when you just want to enjoy basking in the warm sunshine… and smile … Continue reading Pony Tail and the Parking Lot Prisoner.
I LOVE THIS THING SHE DOES Especially when I’m the reason and because, There is nothing she wears with more beauty and style Than when she wears a beautiful Smile!