Monday, February 6, 2017

Happy Birthday Papa

Monday, September 12, 2011

Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am in a thousand winds that blow,
I am the softly falling snow.
I am the gentle showers of rain,
I am the fields of ripening grain.
I am in the morning hush,
I am in the graceful rush
Of beautiful birds in circling flight,
I am the starshine of the night.
I am in the flowers that bloom,
I am in a quiet room.
I am in the birds that sing,
I am in each lovely thing.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there. I do not die.

- Mary Elizabeth Frye, 1932

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Happy Father's Day Papa - 2011


You looked at me and saw what I never could see
You made me be more than I thought I could ever be
And when I needed a friend
You were always there to lift me up to make me strong

You're not gone
You're still here with me all the time
You're still here when I close my eyes

I still see you, I still feel you
And we'll never be apart
You're still here, still here in my heart
In my heart

It's because of you I knew how it felt to be loved, oh
You made me feel beautiful 'cause you believed I was
And I will never forget how you touched my life
You made me feel like I belonged, you'll live on

You're still here with me all the time
You're still here when I close my eyes

I still see you, I still feel you
And we'll never be apart
You're still here
Still here in my heart, oh

You're my life
You'll be in my life
You'll be part of me
I'll just think of you and you'll be

Still here with me all the time, oh Lord
Still here when I close my eyes
I feel you, and we'll never, never be apart
You're still here, still here in my heart
In my heart

Still here
Still here
Still here

"Still Here" By Jennifer Hudson

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Happy Birthday Papa

Mom and Dad on their wedding day
Happy Birhtday Dad. Today you would be 86 years young. It's hard to imagine that it has been nine years this past New Year's Eve when you passed. Thank you for all the memories and lasting love that continues to sustain us. Your effect on us is apparent every day. I can only hope that in your passing you've entered into your new "spring" and as we pass into our own seasons, someday we meet again in the warm light of your favorite "summer" day. We love you dad!

One of Dad's many creations, the pond and waterfalls he built in the Poconos

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Remembering Our Family

I remember this day like it was yesterday. My dad, his brother and nephew together in St. Peter's Square in Rome Italy. I went to Italy with my Mom and Dad for the first time since I was four and got to be with my family in Italy. Although all three have left their physical existence on this earth, they leave a mountain of memories and legacies that will be remembered for generations. We love and miss all of our family that have passed and remember them all as well, with love and thanks for having them in our lives.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Dad's Tools

My nephew Francesco is now a grown young man. Recently he has been outdoors, like his grandfather and father, cutting wood on the property, and working on his new quad so he can go exploring on the mountain. When we last saw eachother, we exchanged stories about our chainsaws and cutting wood and I explained that my chainsaw chain was dull and needed sharpening. Like a sprinter he ran into his dad's shed and pulled out Nonno's bag with my dad's sharpening tools. Yes, they were alittle rusty due to non-use and sitting in the garage, but it brought back many memories. What that man couldn't do or accomplish. I really don't know how he did it. I sat down today with the determination to learn how to use these tools and sharpen my chain. Of course, half way through reading the half ripped, stained and almost illegible tool manuals, I took advantage of a tool my dad most certainly would have acquired and mastered, (the computer). More specifically, Youtube. Wow, you can find anything on that site. I know he would have been "addicted" like someone I know. Well, I did learn alot today, but most of all, I learned again, how amazing my dad was and how much I appreciate and love my nephew for giving me that rekindled desire to be just like him.