Love Lost

"Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all." Alfred Lord Tennyson I hate this quote. Correction: I hated this quote. I hated it before I loved and lost. I never understood how it was easier to have loved, to fully live and breathe that feeling and to lose it, … Continue reading Love Lost

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Baby Girls and Older Gents

I flipped my covers off this morning and said, "Time to give it to God." It was time for Church. I have found a nice routine for myself in finding a Church I can call home on Sundays.  A mass that I take something from, music that can be improved, but overall a good experience … Continue reading Baby Girls and Older Gents

Surprise

Surprises come in all shapes and sizes. They can bring unexpected blessings or catastrophic misfortunes.  I've been the recipient of both and it has put me on a pendulum between happiness and sadness – loving life for its beauty, but hating it for its incredible unfairness. My most recent surprise was being invited to partake in … Continue reading Surprise

Me, Myself and I

When I was in Boy Scouts one of the merit badges I earned was Lifesaving. The most important lesson I took from that experience was that if a person is drowning you should never jump in to try to save them.  Instead, look for an object to throw to them to help them float or … Continue reading Me, Myself and I

Say Yes

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.” -Steve Jobs Yes. It's the most underestimated word in our vocabulary.  I would even argue that it is more powerful than love, courage or ambition.  That's because yes is the one word … Continue reading Say Yes

Seven Churches Visitation – Polonia District in Buffalo, NY

Ever since I was a little kid I remember every Holy Week being a jam-packed week of Easter traditions. There are trips to the Broadway Market, celebrating Dyngus Day and getting my Easter basket blessed. But one of the special traditions is the Visitation of Seven Churches on Holy Thursday. I've been going since I … Continue reading Seven Churches Visitation – Polonia District in Buffalo, NY

An Extra Day

Leap Day. February 29th. It comes once every four years – a novelty like a shooting star. It's somewhat extraordinary when you think about it. I say somewhat because science has boiled it down to a basic understanding. We really get 365 and 1/4 days each year so those quarters add up to an extra … Continue reading An Extra Day