A Twenty and Two Tuna Sandwiches ….

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 ….

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The Steel Lady

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

Laughter might be the best medicine… but hickeys and knee jerking seem to help too..

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 retiring… everyday but Saturday.

  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.

An open letter to my eldest daughter..

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..

Clean Shaving, Hot Sex & Heart Failure

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

Brick walls that talked and made pictures

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

Cigars, Blue Birds and Black Bush Whiskey ….

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 ….

Not a perfect parent.. and that’s OK

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

Super Hero’s on the Half Shell

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

Pony Tail and the Parking Lot Prisoner.

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.