This Italian’s Guide to St. Nicholas Day

Yesterday was the first day of the Advent Season. We lit the first purple candle on our advent wreath, sang verses one and two of O Come, O Come, Emmanuel at Mass, and have already finished decorating our home for Christmas. That is, after all, what the Advent Season, is all about. It’s the preparationContinue reading “This Italian’s Guide to St. Nicholas Day”

Why I’m Thankful for the White Tornado

It’s a few days early for Thanksgiving, but I always post on Mondays, so I’m posting today about what I’m thankful for. God has been good to me. I’m truly blessed. I have a loving husband and a wonderful son and daughter. I have two adorable dogs that bring us joy every day. We haveContinue reading “Why I’m Thankful for the White Tornado”

On Veterans Day

I grew up in Western Pennsylvania. It has a high concentration of Italian Americans. But, after a few years of marriage, my husband and I relocated to Beavercreek, Ohio, which is very near Wright Patterson Air Force Base. The area has an incredibly diverse culture, mainly because of the influx of people from several differentContinue reading “On Veterans Day”

America’s Pastime

The two men most important to me (my husband and my son) have abandoned me and my daughter. Apparently there is something nearer and dearer to their hearts than we are. I’m just kidding. They’re off on a manly bonding adventure. To Kansas City. Isn’t that where all men go for manly things to do?Continue reading “America’s Pastime”

Independence Day

I had a post all planned for today. I thought it was poignant and insightful. Then I read through my inbox before I made my own entry here. Instead of using my post, I invite you all to read this post by Jeff Goins. Truly inspirational. http://goinswriter.com/revolutionary-words/ Happy Fourth of July, every one. And GodContinue reading “Independence Day”

Happy Father’s Day!

 Happy Father’s Day! Today is the day set aside to celebrate dads. It was first celebrated in Washington in 1910 in response to Mother’s Day, but it sort of fell into obscurity. It gained national recognition in the 1930s, with the Father’s Day Council being founded in 1938. After years of debate in the governmentContinue reading “Happy Father’s Day!”

Happy Flag Day!

Today is Flag Day, or the commemoration of the day the United States adopted the use of the American Flag as a symbol for our nation. I am proud of my mostly Italian heritage, and I am proud of my Irish, Scottish, German and Dutch heritage as well, although I know very little about my father’sContinue reading “Happy Flag Day!”

Memorial Day

Originally posted May 29, 2012 This is probably more of a journal entry, but I wanted it here because it’s so important to me. I have a niece currently in the Navy and several family members (living and deceased) who served in the military in the past. Not to mention several friends I met whenContinue reading “Memorial Day”