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My Father, which art in Heaven…

In honor of my father, who passed in 2003, these are the things I loved about him:

Tops on the list was his sense of humor.

He was always making little gadgets, some of which I still have to this day.

His sense of humor.

He was a carpenter so he smelled like fresh shaved wood.

His sense of humor.

His willingness to fix things for me, when he was younger and still lived here on the mainland.

His sense of humor.

His sense of adventure, was willing to try just about anything.

His sense of humor.

He tackled life, in a huge way.

His sense of humor.

His friendliness, we always had people visiting.

His sense of humor.

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Loving Live Music!

I don’t love all live music. I can be picky. I also have a wide range of what I like. I always like what the piano players play on the storefront piano.

The sounds that come from out there are sweet.

The sounds that I heard at Neilstock Vll last night were fantastic. Thanks to Neil Werner and Ron Emard for making it happen. I am lucky to know some great and talented musicians. If you weren’t there, you missed out on some great entertainment.

From left to right, Jim, Neil, Danny (on drums), Roby. Mitch hidden behind Neil, Manny hidden behind Roby. A super loaded stage of talent!

These two guys are also just great to listen to. Sean and Jim are a real treat, especially since Sean is usually on the road.

Of course, I wouldn’t post photos of musicians that I don’t like. There are a few. To those, I say, keep practicing your craft!

To the ones I love, I say, thank you. I am blessed!

 

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BEING MOM

At the conclusion of another Mother’s Day, I have a few thoughts…. 

I miss my mother, she’s been gone for 25 years now. She was a fun-loving, no-nonsense, great mom to have when I was a kid. To those people who still have their mothers -APPRECIATE them!

I love my kids, who are now twenty (soon to be 21) and twenty-five. They were great kids growing up (most of the time-hah!), did fantastic in school and are just really nice human beings. What’s interesting to me is this: I was NOT going to have children. As a young woman, I loved my life as it was and had no desire to change it. My “plate” was full with a fantastic husband, family, many friends, a great job, and continual joy in all! I had no “biological time clock” that was ticking or anything remotely like it. I thoroughly believed I was not going to have kids and I was happy with that decision. I went through my twenties and up to my 31st year of life and something happened that turned the earth on it’s axis. I unexpectedly and shockingly became pregnant. OMG! I had spent years and years avoiding just that. How did this happen? OMG!!!

I became a mother just two weeks shy of turning 32. I LOVED my little baby. She changed mine and my husband’s life totally. I loved holding her and feeding her. She was a sweet baby that turned into a sweet child. Well, we couldn’t let her go through life being an only child as we both came from large families (I’m the middle child of five kids, my husband is the youngest of eight). When she was nearly four years old, we thought O.K., let’s have another. This time – on purpose!  We had fun making that happen. We had never done that before, TRY to become pregnant! It was always the opposite – NOT to become pregnant. Weird…

When I was 36, I became a mom for the second time. Wow, two kids now. A lot more work. A lot more joy. They grew older and occasionally would have nasty fights, as most siblings do. I always remembered my father telling me “When you have one kid, you become parents. When you have two, you become a referee.” It’s true. So, I became a very busy mom. Working, child care issues, school assemblies, being a “band mom” for four years for one child, going to volleyball games for seven years for the other child, all of those things and more. Living 25 miles out of town didn’t make it any easier. When I turned 45, I had a 9 year old child and a 13 year old child. I never, in a million years, thought that’s where I would be at that age. WOW.

Now that my kids are young adults, I cannot perceive my life any other way. We are a tight family of four to this day. I sometimes still can’t believe I gave birth to two children. Every Mother’s Day, I’m reminded of how LUCKY I am…

Chris Calaba

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Treating OTHERS as YOU would like to be treated.

Just thinking about the strife and tribulation that goes on among people that I know and it makes me sad. Hence, this blog…. The title above is really the ONLY way to live your life and if you live it that way, gee, a lot of unhappiness goes away. And happiness will come your way, in many ways. If only the people that really need to HEED this, would, life would be so much more simpler and enjoyable!!

We all know people that love to “stir the pot”, create trouble and turmoil, and others are actually happier being mad about something. Some of those individuals I have eliminated from my life to bring more peace to myself and my family. Some I can’t eliminate. To those, I wish peace and harmony within themselves. I rise above their unhappiness and hope that one day, they “see the light”.

PEACE TO ALL !

 

 

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