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 get really 365 and 1/4 days each year so those quarters add up to an extra … Continue reading An Extra Day

Winning in Lent

What are you giving up for Lent? It's something that is asked as soon as Catholics get ashes smudged across their forehead on Ash Wednesday.  I usually aim for giving up Tim Horton's or Chipotle – since both are my guilty pleasures.  Then there's giving up pop or cutting out sweets – the typical Lenten … Continue reading Winning in Lent