Archive for May, 2014

Going home again.

The year that I turned 12 our borough opened a public pool in our backyard. Now, no, it wasn’t literally in our backyard, but it was close. At 11:45, I would put on my swimsuit, grab my towel and go to the pool. I did the same thing everyday. I would pick a tomato as I [...]

Heaven is for Real.

Sadie and I enjoy going to the movies together. Fortunately for John, Sadie is now old enough to see the “chick flicks” with me. However, yesterday we chose the movie “Heaven is for Real.” After Joe’s passing, three of my friends gave me copies of the book. I have read so many books on the [...]

Maya Angelou.

Maya Angelou has died. Her final tweet, “Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.” Beautiful. I first felt the wisdom of Maya decades ago when I read I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. I still remember reading, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside [...]

Advice from dad.

I spent half of the day on Sunday going through boxes that are in my garage. The boxes are full of  papers and photographs from my parent’s house. Not an easy job for many reasons. I came across an old notebook. I just love seeing my dad’s handwriting. As I looked through the notebook I [...]

A portrait of Joe.

My friend, Lorie, texted me last week. She wanted me to know that her son, Ben, had worked on something at school, and they wanted to stop at our home to bring it to us. The students were asked to create a portrait through Photoshop. I took a Photoshop class a few years ago. I [...]

Decoration day.

When I was young, my parents would call today Decoration day. The day to decorate the graves. I Googled it and found that Memorial day was previously called Decoration day. We visited Dad’s grave on Saturday. Seeing daddy’s name on the bronze plate in the ground is still odd to me. I don’t like that we can’t plant flowers. [...]

Words to live by.

I love this poem by Mother Teresa: “Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is beauty, admire it. Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a duty, complete it. Life is a game, play it. Life is a promise, fulfill it. Life is sorrow, overcome it. Life [...]

Feel the connection.

Last night John opened the swimming pool. In past years we would have already been swimming. Temperatures were in the 40′s last night. Only in the 50′s now. I’m confident that no one is jumping in that pool any time soon. I feel closest to God and my own soul when I am floating in, or [...]

Praying out loud.

I read an interesting article about praying. Did you know that connecting with a higher power cuts stress hormone output by 22%? That is pretty good! How about this, praying out load is even more powerful. The rhythmic lines of prayers like the Hail Mary and the Lord’s Prayer slow respiration to six breaths a minute. This is [...]

Joseph Kimutis Memorial Fund, $1,000 Kindness and compassion scholarship, Seton-LaSalle High School

Last night, John and I went to Seton-LaSalle High School. I was glad when I noticed that I did not have a pit in my stomach this year. A healing wound. I love this school. I love the administration working for this school. The guidance counselor, Judy Caves,  approached the podium. She spoke from her heart as she spoke of Joe. [...]