TSO: Redefining Rock

Over the years I have heard various versions of the Christmas Story. I do not mean Santa Claus and the Ho! Ho! Ho! or Rudolf the red nosed reindeer or Frosty the snowman. Growing up as a Catholic, the Christmas story was all about the birth of baby Jesus. Now, I am not getting religious and preaching about being Catholic so please keep reading. Recently, our neighbors invited us to join them to see the Christmas Story as presented by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO).
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Italy: Reflections

We had a wonderful journey throughout the beautiful country of Italy. We saw the Amalfi coast in the south staying in Ravello and Sorrento. We traveled northward and journeyed around Tuscany and spent time in the walled city of Lucca. We then went further north into the mountains and ended our stay in the Lake Como region in the little village of Cadenabbia.
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Up To Ravello

Ravello is a small village perched high in the mountainside overlooking the scenic Amalfi coast in Italy. The region is magical with the panoramic ocean views in a backdrop of buildings of all types wedged into the cliffs seemingly suspended in air leaving one to wonder how the structures do not tumble down and go crashing into the ocean. As a result of the steepness of the terrain, to navigate around the village, there were a series of steep walkways, alleys and stairs that were lined with gardens, shops selling everything and anything, gelato stands, restaurants, pizzerias and wine bars. What could be better?
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The Italian Adventure Begins

We ventured to Italy for our second time this past September. In upcoming newsletters, I will write about some of the specific locations, regions and events that we enjoyed. We organized our entire itinerary so there were many details that needed attention. This writing is more of a summary of the trip because to attempt to fit all the different activities and experiences into one newsletter would not be practical and would not be giving the fabulous journey justice.
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Family Dinner: A Lost Art

I recently met a couple of my High School buddies, Paul and Jim for dinner and cocktails. We sat around and were having the “remember when” conversation for hours. We got lost in discussion about the past and would snap back into reality and be in the current day about whatever topic. We were sharing stories about our journeys through life, the good and the bad, and, up to this point and how thankful we all were for so many things
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First Time Celebrating An Old Holiday

This past September 8th was National Grandparents’ Day. This is the first year that this holiday had meaningful significance to my wife and me. In years past, it was just another Sunday and hopefully the weather was enjoyable, and we did something fun. Congress passed the legislation proclaiming the first Sunday after Labor Day each year as National Grandparents’ Day and, on August 3, 1978, then-President Jimmy Carter signed the proclamation. After all, there is Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ Day so why night set aside a day for Grandparents as well?
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Words To Live By

We all receive chain emails with a story about a life lesson, an incredible picture or a dirty joke. I, too, find myself reading these types of things from time-to-time and often read them with a smile before moving on. I received this one not too long ago and instead of deleting it decided to share it with you. While I can’t take credit for the words written (and don’t know who the author is to give them the credit they deserve), the message is very relevant to the dozens of conversations we’ve had in our conference room and I wanted to share it with you all. Enjoy…
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Cruising The Thimbles

We all receive chain emails with a story about a life lesson, an incredible picture or a dirty joke. I, too, find myself reading these types of things from time-to-time and often read them with a smile before moving on. I received this one not too long ago and instead of deleting it decided to share it with you. While I can’t take credit for the words written (and don’t know who the author is to give them the credit they deserve), the message is very relevant to the dozens of conversations we’ve had in our conference room and I wanted to share it with you all. Enjoy…
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It's A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood

Growing up in a 1960’s neighborhood was wonderful.  I have so many fond memories from that time when things were simpler and safer. We rode bikes, played in the streets and there was always someone around to hang out with. We did not have cell phones for our parents to call, but the parents in the neighborhood watched out for one another and the children were never out of eyeshot. We knew to be home for dinner or before the streetlights came on, whichever came first. Again, it was simple and safe.
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Sunburn Season

I was never much for lying on the beach to bask in the rays. For some though, soaking up some sun on a beautiful summer day is relaxing and rewarding. Not this guy. Countless times I have seen someone that had lobster colored skin where they received a nasty burn and certainly were in some pain. I do not want to be that person that someone else is staring at and commenting on the sunburn. That does not mean I avoid the beach and the sun. On the other hand, walking on the beach is something I absolutely love and can do that for hours. Cathy and I have done many a stroll along the shoreline searching for whatever the ocean decided to deposit on the sandy beach. Shells, sharks’ teeth, driftwood, star fish, whatever.
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