Earning My Degree

This weekend I am being honored as one of a group of WNY women whose lives and actions are “Touching The World”.  The organization conferring this honor is The Unlimited  Possibilities  Overcoming  Poverty Ministry, whose purpose is, “to empower females from poverty backgrounds to achieve college or trade school educations”. This tribute is a great honor for many […]

Quote of the Day 2.25.15

“The problem with college is that there’s a tendency to mistake preparation for productivity. You can prepare all you want, but if you never roll the dice you’ll never be successful.” –Shia LaBeouf,actor and director

At That Age

In the past year I have spent an inordinate amount of my time attending wakes and funerals.  My girlfriend Laurie tells me that it’s because we’re “at that age”. I don’t like Laurie’s reminder that I have more life behind me than ahead. Although I will admit that this intense immersion into the fragility of life and […]

Quote of the Day 2.22.15

“Memories are the key not to the past, but to the future”.—Corrie Ten Boom,author of “The Hiding Place”  

The Irish Gift of the Gab

I am a storyteller. To be precise, telling stories is not only something that I do, it’s who I am. I am proficient at my craft in great part due to my family’s heritage. You see, I’m Irish and one of the greatest gifts of the Irish race is the ability to gab. For me, gabbiness […]

Quote of the Day 2.19.15

“This [The Irish] is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever.“—Sigmund Freud 

The Lenten Loophole

I am a chocoholic. My well-traveled path to chocolate addiction is littered with silver Hershey Kiss wrappers, cleaned-out chocolate popcorn containers, and empty hot fudge sundae dishes. In fact, there’s not a chocolate product on the market I haven’t consumed for breakfast lunch and dinner. My experienced, chocolate-loving motto is, “You know it’s good, if […]

Quote of the Day 2.18.15

“Lent is the time of year when I determine which addictions I may still have some control over”.—Unknown

Surviving The Perfect Hallmark World

Each December I become immersed in a world of perfectly decorated trees and artistically wrapped gifts, all highlighted by loving families woven into magical moments. No, I’m not talking about Christmas. I’m talking about the romantically perfect world of Hallmark holiday movies. Now I know that these gossamer-produced films aren’t Oscar-caliber. I don’t care. What does matter to me is that […]

Quote for the Day 2.9.15

“I don’t know. It’s just that…it’s like you escaped from a Hallmark Card or something”. —Unknown

Quote of the Day 1.27.15

“I’m not saying I’ll never write another book. I’m just saying I don’t know what I’m doing right now, except writing for you here (on Facebook), and wanting to be of service in the world–partly because God tells me too, and partly because it is the only way to fill up“.–Author, Anne Lamott

Anne Lamott and the Joy of Writing

Like hundreds of thousands readers, I love Anne Lamott.  As a celebrated author of 15 books, Ms. Lamott has proven to be one of the most honest and gut-wrenching writers of our time, primarily due to her uncanny ability to look directly into our souls and give words to our inner most thoughts. Last week on […]