Advent 2021: Day 5

Good morning and Happy Lord’s Day! In writing this “calendar,” I’ve been doing a lot of reminiscing. Namely, our family breakfasts after church on Sunday mornings when I was a kid. Often, this included dear friends who became more like a part of the family. We didn’t have grandparents, aunts, uncles, or cousins nearby soContinue reading “Advent 2021: Day 5”

Advent 2021: Day 4

Good morning and Happy Saturday! Do you remember Saturdays as a kid? Maybe you had a special breakfast with your family or watched cartoons in your pajamas. Maybe you were one of the kids being ferried about to sports and errands. As a young child, Saturday mornings were a chance to unwind from the week.Continue reading “Advent 2021: Day 4”

Advent 2021: Day 3

Good morning and Happy Friday! Hope you all had a great week. I love the below quote from The Count of Monte Cristo (one of my favorite books as well). It is so true that we often need to have experienced some level of hardship or deficit to truly appreciate many of our blessings. RememberingContinue reading “Advent 2021: Day 3”

Advent 2021: Day 1

Good morning! Can you believe that December is here? In contrast to 2020, it just feels like 2021 flew by. Holy moly! Well, the “Advent Calendar” tradition continues! This year, it seemed more important than ever to spend this month meditating on the blessings in life. I hope that you’ll join me on the journeyContinue reading “Advent 2021: Day 1”

5 Things: A Sicilian in Staten Edition

Happy (Black) Friday! Hope you had a great week like those folks who got to take home leftovers from grandma’s house. My sweet grandma is gone many years now but Mum made one of her famous pie recipes for that touch of nostalgia and, yes, there were leftovers! Just a quick note: This is theContinue reading “5 Things: A Sicilian in Staten Edition”

Advent 2020: Day 25 – Merry Christmas!

  Merry Christmas and Happy Friday! It\’s been \”a year!\” In addition to the widespread (palpable) angst over all things virus and political, my family has been through the wringer. In the midst of Babbo\’s cancer diagnosis (and subsequent remission), there was the stressful (and still ongoing) family member\’s divorce/custody battle, and many other \”troubles\”Continue reading “Advent 2020: Day 25 – Merry Christmas!”

Advent 2020: Day 24

  Good morning and Merry Christmas Eve! We\’re drawing to the end of our Advent journey together and it seemed fitting to include some beautiful music from The Piano Guys. They\’ve become a Christmas staple at my house ever since a fateful YouTube recommendation several years ago!   Today, check out a new release of \”WhatContinue reading “Advent 2020: Day 24”

Advent 2020: Day 23

  Good morning! Harriet Monroe, born December 23, 1860, was a poet and the founder/editor of Poetry Magazine. Under her guidance, the magazine weathered the Great Depression and published the likes of T.S. Eliot, Carl Sandberg, Ezra Pound, and D.H. Lawrence.  I wanted to share a selection from a beautiful essay that Monroe wrote forContinue reading “Advent 2020: Day 23”

Advent 2020: Day 22

  Good morning! If you had a chance to check out yesterday\’s crossword puzzle, you can see the answers here.  Apparently, in 2020 Santa Claus decided to take up comedy. Part of this is obviously a PSA because Santa wants some decent cookies and nothing gluten-free. Also, now we all know to watch for Applebee\’sContinue reading “Advent 2020: Day 22”