Sunday, January 31, 2016

366 Project - Day 31 - "Love Never Fails"


January 31, 2016 - "Love Never Fails"

Today is the "Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time", and the second reading for today's mass comes from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians. It is a passage we've all heard quoted many times before... and is a popular passage for use during wedding ceremonies. We've heard it many times... and yet I cannot help but feel that too many of us seem to easily forget these words.

These are important words... words we should hold very dear to our hearts... and words we should live by:

"Brothers and sisters: Strive eagerly for the greatest spiritual gifts. But I shall show you a still more excellent way. 

If I speak in human and angelic tongues, but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal. And if I have the gift of prophecy, and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If i give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, it is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrong-doing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails. If there are prophecies, they will be brought to nothing; if tongues, they will cease; if knowledge, it will be brought to nothing. For we know partially and we prophesy partially, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I put aside childish things. At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. At present I know partially; then I shall know fully, as I am fully known. So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love."

 - 1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

366 Project - Day 30 - "Abstract (Tea)"


January 30, 2016 - "Abstract (Tea)"

Well... it took a heck of a lot of tea... and a heck of a lot of meds... but I can FINALLY say that I'm starting to feel better.

I'm still exhausted... but I can deal with THAT!

(lifeisgood!)

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Friday, January 29, 2016

366 Project - Day 29 - "Abstract (Cracked and Broken)"


January 29, 2016 - "Abstract (Cracked and Broken)"

I just can't seem to shake this lung infection. As the day went on yesterday I just felt worse and worse... and this morning I woke up feeling horrible and extremely fatigued. I was supposed to be heading to Rhode Island with the rest of the family for my daughter's dance competition this weekend... but instead I'll be home... taking antibiotics and trying to sleep as much as possible.

Right now I'm feeling just about as "cracked" and "broken" as the eggshells in today's photo. I really hope I can kick this thing soon!

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

366 Project - Day 28 - "Abstract (Sheets)"


January 28, 2016 - "Abstract (Sheets)"

Just one shot today.

I started off the day feeling much better than I did yesterday... but as the day went on I just felt myself getting more and more exhausted and my lungs are feeling heavier and heavier. Hopefully I can kick this soon. We'll see.

In the meantime, the bed is calling to me.

(lifeisgood!)

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

366 Project - Day 27 - "Abstract (In the Dance Competition Zone)"


January 27, 2016 - "Abstract (In the Dance Competition Zone)"

My daughter's first dance competition of the year kicks off this weekend in Rhode Island. This is her Senior Year - so it's the last year of competitions and recitals before she goes off to college.

So right now the whole house is one big "Dance Competition Zone". There are costumes and sequins and gems and accessories all over the place - getting ready for that first dance Friday evening.

It's a beautiful sort of chaos!

(lifeisgood!)

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

366 Project - Day 26 - "Waiting Room"


January 26, 2016 - "Waiting Room"

Another day...

Another doctor.

I swear, every doctor has the same exact waiting room. At least it seems that way. When you have at least a half-dozen doctors that you have to see on a regular basis, their waiting rooms tend to just blend together in one giant blurry picture of what a waiting room looks like.

Anyway...

Another day...

Another doctor.

Diagnosis = Lung Infection

So it's lots of meds for the next week or so... and lots of sick-time-comfort-foods too. I finally got my "SpaghettiOs with Sliced Franks" - so it's all good now.

(lifeisgood!)

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Monday, January 25, 2016

366 Project - Day 25 - "Sick Sucks"


January 25, 2016 - "Sick Sucks"

Just one quick shot today... because being sick sucks... and for some strange reason I have a very strong craving for SpaghettiOs with sliced franks.

Yep.

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

366 Project - Day 24 - "Abstract (Pharmacy Run)"


January 24, 2016 - "Abstract (Pharmacy Run)"

It's official. I'm sick.

I barely made it through Mass today without falling over... and now we're doing a pharmacy run for some stronger cold & flu meds. It's time for some hot tea and some deep-couch-sitting.

But first one quick photo of a pattern in the snow in the pharmacy parking lot.

That's all.

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

366 Project - Day 23 - "Abstract (Quiet)"


January 23, 2016 - "Abstract (Quiet)"

It's cold...

It's quiet...

... and I think I'm getting sick.

Yep... That's my Saturday thus far!

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Friday, January 22, 2016

366 Project - Day 22 - "Abstract (Behind the Curtain)"


January 22, 2015 - "Abstract (Behind the Curtain)"

Another day...

Another doctors appointment.

I'm sitting on the examination table waiting behind the curtain.

Waiting...

... and waiting...

... and waiting.

At least I have my camera to keep me company!

(lifeisgood!)

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

366 Project - Day 21 - "Abstract (Skynasaur)"


January 21, 2016 - "Abstract (Skynasaur)"

Today's photo serves as both my "366 Project" photo and, in a way, a "Throwback Thursday" photo.

This is just a small section of the big blue Skynasaur kite that I referenced in last Saturday's photo (Day 16). It is the very kite that my brother and I would fly together at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport and at Cove Island Park in Stamford back in the mid-to-late 80s. It is the very kite that used to lift us up off the ground and drag us across the open field.

The last time I tried to fly this kite was back around 1990 or so, when I was living in Orlando. I was in a wide open space... and the wind was quite strong - but I just couldn't get the kite to stay in the air the way that it would when Peter and I would fly it together.

Today was the first time it has been removed from its protective sleeve since that attempt in Florida. Now it's back in the sleeve and tucked in the corner... another memory of what once was.

(lifeisgood!)

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

366 Project - Day 20 - "Abstract (No Heat)"


January 20, 2016 - "Abstract (No Heat)"

The furnace stopped working today. It would click on... and the igniter would glow - but the burner just wouldn't light - and when you looked at the control panel the LEDs were all flashing. Our stove, however, was working without any problems - so we assumed we had plenty of propane, but that something happened to the furnace.

We were wrong.

The propane tank was almost empty. There was just enough to serve the stove... but not enough to reach across the house to the furnace strongly enough for it to light.

So the propane tank was filled... the lines were all pressure tested to make sure there were no leaks... and we finally have heat again! YAAAAAAAYYYY!!!

(lifeisgood!)

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

366 Project - Day 19 - "Abstract (Breakthrough)"


January 19, 2016 - "Abstract (Breakthrough)"

Yesterday was a wonderful day... but last night was a very tough night.

"Homework" and "Shower-time" both turned into absolute nightmares... to the point where my son was starting to act out physically. It's extremely hard to get a very strong teenager with autism to calm down at such moments... especially when you, yourself, want to just go hide in your own room and cry it out.

Still... somehow there managed to be a bit of a "breakthrough". Somehow I managed to get him into the bathroom, where we sat talking very calmly and very softly to each other. Well... I did most of the talking... he did a lot of head nodding and one-word answers. I don't know how long it took - maybe it was only five minutes... maybe it was half-an-hour - I don't know. It seemed like a long time though... until the tears finally stopped falling and he reached over and grabbed me and hugged me really tightly, saying "I love you, Dad".

I just about broke down and collapsed at that moment... but somehow I managed to keep myself up. We sat like that for a bit before I said something that got him laughing... and with that he was suddenly clipping his nails and getting into the shower.

Baby steps. It's all about baby steps, I guess. While I fully admit that I'd prefer to have fewer "bad days"... I'm willing to take the bad days, because the good days make them all worthwhile.

Sitting on the edge of the tub with the blue plastic shower curtain bunched up behind me... holding my son tightly as we each said "I love you" - that moment was worth having to go through all of the unpleasant moments that led up to it. That moment was a "breakthrough" moment.

And today is a new day. Maybe it will bring more unpleasant moments... maybe it won't - but either way, I'm ready.

(lifeisgood!)

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Monday, January 18, 2016

366 Project - Day 18 - "Abstract (Metal Ridges)"


January 18, 2016 - "Abstract (Metal Ridges)"

Another "quick shot" sort of a day...

(lifeisgood!)

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

366 Project - Day 17 - "Roses"


January 17, 2016 - "Roses"

One quick shot to mark the day...

One quick shot of a very special... very important... very meaningful bouquet of roses.

And that is all I can say.

(lifeisgood!)

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Saturday, January 16, 2016

366 Project - Day 16 - "(i love you too)"


January 16, 2016 - "(i love you too)"

It started last night. I had the most vivid dreams I've had in a while... and you were in all of them.

When my eyes opened this morning I was all alone in my room... and after what seemed like an eternity I became aware of the fact that I was staring at the Sacred Heart of Jesus prayer card from your funeral.

The rest of the morning was a blur... as we made our way from Danbury to Stamford for Caitlynn's ballet classes. We dropped her off and had almost four hours to kill and nothing to do. Somehow we ended up at Stamford Town Center mall... perhaps my least-favorite place to have to be. I found myself sitting alone in a chair by the window of Barnes & Noble, while Holly and Brandon went off to explore. It was miserable. I wanted nothing more than to not have to be there... so naturally I got on Facebook to "check in" and post about my misery. I tapped on "Check In" and the list of locations I could choose from popped up. The mall was, of course, the top choice... since that's where I happened to be - but what hit me hard was seeing what popped up as the second choice: "Peter's Art of Framing". I fought back tears as I sat tucked in a corner... hidden by the magazine racks which nobody appeared to be interested in.

I started thinking about what to do once we got out of that hell-hole of a mall. There was a store I had been wanting to check out way across town... so I took out my iPhone and opened the map app to put in the address and find out how to get us there, since so much of Stamford has become just a memory to me. It showed me the pin for where that address was - and said that the destination was "Frame & Save"... which it most certainly was not. But it insisted that the address I entered was going to take us to "Frame & Save" - which was the very first picture framing shop you ever worked in. I used to visit you there a lot... and I vividly remember the kites hanging from the ceiling.

The kites.

Again I found myself fighting back tears.

We had no idea what the heck to do. Quite a few times I considered swinging by to visit Dad... but at that point I just couldn't bring myself to do it. Every time I see him I see the prayer cards from your funeral poking out of his shirt pocket (he puts them there every morning)... and every time I see him he tells me that he wishes it had been him instead of you... and that if the damn ambulance had only arrived sooner you'd still be here. As much as I wanted to see him, I knew I could not handle that. Not today.

The next thing I knew we were sitting in a diner I've never been in before, way across town. We stumbled upon DiMare Pastry Shop... which I personally thought kind of sucked. The atmosphere was horrible... they had no pastries that had rum in them... and the cannoli filling was bland and gritty and I couldn't get the taste of it out of my mouth no matter what I tried. So now, even more depressed we tried to make our way to one of the beaches so Holly could walk along the edge of the water.

And that's how I ended up here... at Cove Island Park... staring out at The Sound... staring up at the sky... standing in the very same spot where you and I came to fly kites countless times. If we weren't flying them at Sherwood Island, we were flying them in the field here... especially during the "off season", when the wind was stronger and there were far less people around... like today. The two of us would try to maneuver that gigantic blue Skynasaur kite you got for us from "Frame & Save". There were times when it would lift one of us off the ground and the other would have to run to grab legs and pull person and kite back to solid ground...

Solid ground.

The very spot I'm standing on right now... which just doesn't seem as "solid" without you.

I started to cry... and had to turn and walk away alone so Brandon didn't have to see me break down yet again...

... and then I became aware.

I became aware that your puzzle ring was hanging from a chain around my neck.

I became aware that one of your bracelets was wrapped around my wrist.

I became aware that I was looking at the sky through sunglasses that had been yours.

I became aware that even the very shoes I was wearing had been yours.

(Surprisingly the watch I was wearing was NOT one of yours... but it's a pretty cool watch, and I think you'd have liked it.)

I became aware of just how many pieces of you I have...

... and how much I'd be willing to give them all back - along with everything else I posses in life - just to have you here again.

It's as if "Heaven" was the kite that pulled you away... and I'm running as fast as I can, desperately trying to catch your legs to pull you back.

Except it isn't that way.

Not really.

It's actually me desperately trying to find a kite strong enough to carry me away...

... to lift me to where you are...

... but you're really here... holding MY legs... pulling me back to solid ground...

... and when I think of it that way, the only thing I can say is...

... "I love you too!"

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Friday, January 15, 2016

366 Project - Day 15 - "Linked (Bracelets)"


January 15, 2016 - "Linked (Bracelets)"

Some were already mine...

Some had been his...

Side-by-side it's hard to tell which is which.

From a scientific standpoint it's the pull of the magnets within them that bringing them together so tightly...

... but I'm not interested in things from a scientific standpoint.

I have faith that there's much more to the linking of the two than any "magnet" could ever achieve...

I have faith that we are forever linked...

I. have. faith.

(I miss you!)

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

366 Project - Day 14 - "The Unfixable"


January 14, 2016 - "The Unfixable"

Over the course of the last nine months or so I've discovered that I'm able to fix many things. I can take something like this pocket watch - which has not ticked a single second for many years - and I can bring it back to life. I can overhaul a fine Swiss wristwatch... and I can re-wire a kitchen. I can fix a computer operating system error that several professional technicians were not able to figure out even after many hours of trying. I can even help fix some relationships... and bring together two siblings who haven't spoken a word to one another in decades.

Fixing such things seems easy to me now.

There are many things, however, that I cannot fix... and unfortunately they are the things that need fixing the most. There are no manuals for such things. There are no instructional videos on YouTube. There isn't an app for that.

How is it that I can steady my hands enough to replace a two-millimeter-long chronograph watch hand on a post that is about as thick as a human hair... yet I cannot figure out how to fix things with my own son? What am I missing? What am I doing wrong? Why can't I figure this one out? Why is it that every single thing I try ends up backfiring in the end? Is it "really" the Autism... or is it just me? What am I doing wrong? What is it that I am supposed to be doing?

The pocket watch is ticking away... keeping perfect time as it sits on the desk beside me. It is a constant reminder that time is ticking away... and in the great big scheme of things there are only so many seconds left to figure out how to fix that which seems to be...

... unfixable.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

366 Project - Day 13 - "Early Morning"


January 13, 2016 - "Early Morning"

It's early... about 6:30 in the morning.

It's cold... I don't know how cold, I just know that it's cold.

There's snow... Not much though, most of it'll probably be gone by afternoon.

I'm exhausted... The boy-child is on his way to meet the school bus and it's time for me to go back to bed.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

366 Project - Day 12 - "Abstract (Coffee Grinder)"


January 12, 2016 - "Abstract (Coffee Grinder)"

It's a slow sort of day today.

Quiet.

Cold.

Slow.

We're supposed to get snow this afternoon... and the schools have already cancelled all after school and evening events. Usually when snow is coming everything's busy and noisy as plow trucks and salt trucks get ready and people rush around to get the makings of French Toast (milk, bread and eggs), "just in case".

Not today though. It's just a cold, quiet, slow kind of day.

And I'm feeling kind of slow today too. Not much "oomph" today. I just want to curl up on the couch and pass out for a while.

The only thing "quick" about today is this photo. A quick shot of part of the wonderfully beautiful old manual coffee grinder that was a gift from my very wonderful friends Lenny and Kristin.

Now that my one "quick" moment for today has been completed... I shall return to the slowness... and go find the couch.

(lifeisgood!)

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Monday, January 11, 2016

366 Project - Day 11 - "David Bowie"


January 11, 2016 - "David Bowie"

During the first decade of my life I had listened to and sung along with David Bowie songs countless times. From songs like "Space Oddity" and "Fame" to "Let's Dance" and "China Girl", his voice was a very familiar one over the airwaves.

Like many (if not "most") people of my generation however, my first real exposure to the wonder that was David Bowie came in 1986 by way of his portrayal of Jareth, The Goblin King in the film "Labyrinth". I was just shy of my tenth birthday when that film was released... and - with his style and his ability to contact-juggle crystal balls - Jareth suddenly became the coolest person in the world to me.

It wasn't until high school that I truly entered the world of David Bowie. Somehow - and I don't even remember the circumstances under which it happened - I got my hands on a cassette of songs by Tin Machine in the very-early-90s. That got me exploring Bowie's music more and more.

When Bowie's album "Black Tie White Noise" came out in '93, I was fully hooked. Our local library got in a copy of the album very soon after its release... and I am the only person who ever got to "borrow" that particular copy. The due-date written for me at the very top of the freshly applied library sticker on the cover marked the very first time the album was checked out. It's "technically" still overdue... but thanks to a "Library Fees Amnesty Day" years late, my debt was forgiven.

I listened to that album over-and-over-and-over again. The whole intro sequence with the songs "The Wedding" and "You've Been Around" ... and David Bowie's saxophone parts just amazed me. The whole album amazed me... even though one of the songs was a Morrissey cover - David Bowie took it and made it awesome. Years later the opening and closing tracks of the album would be used as the opening and closing tracks at my wedding.

I began to re-visit Bowie's early works and fell in love with albums like "The Man Who Sold The World", which made it even more special to me when Nirvana did a cover of the title track from that album as part of their "MTV Unplugged" session.

I also absorbed Bowie's films - especially 1983's "The Hunger", which quickly became one of my favorite films at the time. It's still one of my favorite vampire-related films.

In 1995 Bowie release the album "Outside" - and that's when my love of his music became an obsession. I bought the album on CD - and listened to it so much that it got to the point where the disc was no longer playable due to scratches and wear, so I bought a second one. I think the copy I have now is actually my third copy... and - while I'm not claiming that it was his greatest album - it has remained MY personal favorite of his albums to this day. I'd spend hours upon hours listening to that album while painting, drawing, working, or just trying to get through some difficult and heavy moments in life. That album also sparked my interest in David Bowie's artwork as well... as he had painted the cover art.

One year following the release of "Outside", Bowie portrayed Andy Warhol in the Julian Schnabel film "Basquiat". Jean-Michel Basquiat was already one of my favorite artists - but I wasn't a big Warhol fan at all... until I watched an interview with David Bowie talking about Warhol and it gave me that little push I needed to actually learn more about him and see past a wall of Campbell's Soup Cans or a stack of Brillo boxes. The film's soundtrack was awesome too - and introduced me to John Cale's version of "Hallelujah" and sparked my interest in The Pogues, Tom Waits and, most importantly, Charlie Parker.

It has been 20 years now since "Basquiat" was released. Two decades. During those years Bowie would go on to release a half-dozen more studio albums, including "Blackstar" - which was released less than a week ago, on his 69th birthday.

Looking back at the first four decades of my life, it's hard to imagine any stage of it... any "act" or "scene"... without at least one David Bowie song contributing to the soundtrack.

... and for that, Mr. Bowie, I will forever be grateful.

Thank you for sharing your wonderful gift with the world!



"Time may change me... but I can't trace time." - David Bowie

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

366 Project - Day 10 - "Abstract (Baptismal Font)"


January 10, 2016 - "Abstract (Baptismal Font)"

Today we celebrate the "Feast of The Baptism of The Lord".

We started the day with an early Mass, followed by a breakfast feast in the church hall... then, upon leaving the church, had sort of a Baptism of our own... as it was raining harder than I've seen it rain in quite a while!

Anyway...

Today's photo is a close-up of the glass lining of our church's Baptismal Font.

(lifeisgood!)

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Saturday, January 9, 2016

366 Project - Day 09 - "The Bee's Knees"


January 09, 2016 - "The Bee's Knees"

I will not explain today's photo... for those who need to know its significance will instantly recognize it.

I will only say that it is in honor and memory of a truly wonderful man... and comes with much love and many thoughts and prayers for my closest friends and their family.

I love you!

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Friday, January 8, 2016

366 Project - Day 08 - "Abstract (Glass)"


January 08, 2016 - "Abstract (Glass)"

Spending the day cleaning and organizing and cleaning and organizing and passing out on the couch.

Playing with the glass of the bathroom light fixture as I clean it.

Yep. That's it.

(lifeisgood!)

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

365 Project - Day 07 - "Daffodil"


January 07, 2016 - "Daffodil"

The sun is shining bright today... pouring through the kitchen window... landing upon the beautiful potted daffodils our very dear friend Nancy gave to us.

(lifeisgood!)

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

366 Project - Day 06 - "Epiphany"


January 06, 2016 - "Epiphany"

Today is Epiphany... or, as some people call it "Three Kings Day".

For many people this day marks the end of the Christmas Season. For Catholics however, the "Christmas Season" doesn't end until the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord which, this year, falls on Sunday the 10th. That marks the end of Christmas and return to "Ordinary Time".

Traditionally today represents the day that the Magi visited the newborn Christ. It represents the revelation that Jesus was the Son of God and the King of Kings.

Today is also the day when many Catholics perform a blessing upon their house, which often includes "Chalking the Door".

The main door of the home is marked with the first two numbers of the current year, followed by a cross, then a "C", a cross, "M", a cross, "B", a cross - and finally the last two numbers of the year - all written in chalk.

To some the "C", "M" and "B" stand for the traditional names of the Magi: Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar. To others those letters represent the Latin phrase "Christus mansionem benedicat" - which means "Christ, Bless this house" or "May Christ bless this house".

Holy Water is sprinkled upon the door - and certain prayers are recited, asking for God's blessing and protection... and for all who dwell in or visit the house to feel His presence in their lives.

Then each room of the house is blessed with Holy Water and the recitation of prayers - before returning to the front door to complete the cycle.

So, this morning... after returning home from Mass and prayer, I performed the Epiphany Blessing upon our home. Today's photo is of the area above our front door - with the Epiphany inscription, and a cross made of palm from Palm Sunday.

"Visit, O blessed Lord, this home with the gladness of your presence. Bless all who live or visit here with the gift of your love; and grant that we many manifest your love to each other and to all whose lives we touch. May we grow in grace and in the knowledge and love of you; guide, comfort, and strengthen us in peace, O Lord, now and forever. Amen."

(lifeisgood!)

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

366 Project - Day 05 - "Abstract (Empty)"


January 05, 2016 - "Abstract (Empty)"

I don't know why, but I'm feeling quite "empty" today.

Maybe it's the fact that it has been a gray, gloomy sort of day...

Maybe it's the sudden cold, as it's currently only in the 20s outside...

Maybe it's the thoughts that have been running through my mind today...

I don't know.

I just know that I'm feeling quite "empty" today.

Empty like this watch display box, which belonged to my brother...

Empty.

Empty knowing that I can easily fill this box with watches again, yet it just won't be the same...

Empty.

Empty knowing that no matter how hard I try to cling, what it is I'm clinging to is just a mere representation...

... and that no matter how many watches I acquire, they can't give me more time with my brother...

... and no matter how many seconds... hours... days... weeks... months... years tick by, I simply cannot imagine there ever being a day where I'm no longer feeling...

Empty.

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Monday, January 4, 2016

366 Project - Day 04 - "Abstract (Polkadot Jars)"


January 04, 2016 - "Abstract (Polkadot Jars)"

These wonderful polkadot jars were a Christmas gift from my sister Angel... and they perfectly match a vintage bowl I have that belonged to my Aunt Pat. They're a perfect fit for our new kitchen... but before I started using them I just had to make them pose for my camera.

Thanks again Sis!

(lifeisgood!)

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Sunday, January 3, 2016

366 Project - Day 03 - "Family and Rum Cake"


January 03, 2016 - "Family and Rum Cake"

I must say that 2016 has gotten off with a wonderful start!

Seven bottles of Champagne over the course of the first two days...

New Year's Day spent with family and friends...

And today - an absolutely wonderful day spent with my Sister and two of my beautiful nieces. A day of smiles and happiness and love and, of course, Italian Rum Cake! (Thank you so much Angel!)

Yep... 2016 is off to a good start!

(lifeisgood!)

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Saturday, January 2, 2016

366 Project - Day 02 - "Abstract (Still Celebrating)"


January 02, 2016 - "Abstract (Still Celebrating)"

I can't believe it's already January 2nd. This year is flying by so fast!

We're still celebrating though: Champagne for us... Sparkling Cider for the kidlings.

(lifeisgood!)

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Friday, January 1, 2016

366 Project - Day 01 - "Toasting 2016"


January 01, 2016 - "Toasting 2016"

I don’t believe in making New Year’s Resolutions. I’ve found that, more often than not, the resolutions people make tend to either be too generic or too unrealistic, and they end up being completely abandoned before the calendar even gets a chance to flip to February. Besides, if you truly want to create a major change in your life, why do you need to wait until the first of January to begin?

I do, however, believe in having goals. I like the idea of making a list of things to strive for in the coming year. Some may be things that require change in order to be achieved. Others may be things that are simply looked forward to.

Such a list does not have to be definitive. It can grow and evolve as the days pass. Some goals might be reached… some surpassed… others missed. New ones might be added… while others might be deemed to no longer be necessary or even desired. That’s part of the beauty of having goals: They give you something to reach for… but whether or not you actually end up reaching them does not define you or your experience. 

My OCD tends to translate into a love of organizing things and making lists. My personality tends to take those lists and add a splash of humor to them. With that in mind, here are “some” of my goals for the next twelve months…


  • To watch “The Price Is Right” more often… and follow the news less often.
  • To listen to more Jazz albums and fewer political conversations.
  • To find a reason to celebrate with Champagne at least once each month.
  • To not allow 30 days to pass without having seen or at least talked with my two OLDER brothers and my parents.
  • To celebrate my daughter’s high school graduation… followed by her 18th birthday… and then kick her out of the house and off to college.
  • To guide my son through the obstacles life has given him… and help him to start believing in himself.
  • To introduce at least one person to the beauty that is a pizza at Colony Grill in Stamford.
  • To convince at least one person to stop calling it “sauce” and start calling it “gravy”.
  • To make a difference in someone’s life by using a “JAWS”-related analogy. 
  • To need to refill my wine-rack more often, due to the frequency of visits from friends and family.
  • To look at the screen less… and through the viewfinder more.
  • To use my Vitamix at least once a week… or every other week… or once a month… or whatever.
  • To eat more cake… especially Italian Rum Cake.
  • To celebrate the 40th anniversary of my birth while standing in front of van Gogh’s “Starry Night” with my best friend. 
  • To give more than I receive.
  • To love more than I have ever loved.
  • To add no less than one dozen wristwatches to my collection.

There… I think that’s a good starting point. In fact I think I'll get started immediately. Right after I post this I will get on eBay and buy the first of those dozen watches!

Yep. This is going to be a good year!


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