Archive for April, 2016

Building back.

On January 7th John and I purchased a 4,000 square foot house that was built in 1884. For more than a decade I have wanted to purchase a tired and worn-out house and breathe new life back into it. I am so grateful to John for accepting my dream and working with me to make [...]

St. Catherine of Siena.

Today is the feast day of St. Catherine of Siena. She is the patron saint of firefighters, nurses and those struggling with miscarriages.    

Good health.

I have a headache today. It is not quite a migraine, but it is close. I woke three times because my head was throbbing. It is not uncommon for me to get headaches this time of year. I am reminded that while I have a headache, I am healthy. I am reminded that there are [...]

The Joseph Kimutis Memorial fund scholarship at South Fayette High School.

It’s that time of year again! This week was the Best of the Best Award Ceremony at South Fayette High School.  Each year we award The Joseph Kimutis Memorial Fund scholarship. Our niece’s husband, Matt Caprio, a teacher at the high school, presents the $1,000 award for us. When we established the scholarship program, it was our [...]

A new day.

I am up before the alarm. I have sheets to wash and two bathrooms to clean before Kathi and I hit the road to Orlando. Time to catch our flight back to Pittsburgh. As I type this I can hear the birds chirping loudly in the palm trees outside my windows. The sun, it is [...]

Last day in paradise.

Today is my last day, for a while, in Ocean Village on Hutchinson Island. The last week has been wonderful. My sister, Kathi, and I have enjoyed the sunshine for seven days. I have reconnected with many of my friends, had great night’s sleep and laughed, a lot. I am so grateful to my parent’s [...]


Have you ever had the experience of hearing someone say your name just before you fall asleep or just before you wake for the day? I had read once that that is a little hello from your guardian angel or a spirit who has passed. Just before I became fully awake this morning, I heard [...]


While I am in Florida, John is in St. Louis visiting his mama. He sent me this text yesterday. “Earlier we were at intersection where someone had a sign asking for money. I was telling mom about Joe and the karma story. When I looked at the car in front of us I saw this.” [...]


I, like everyone else, was shocked to hear of the passing of Prince. His music is woven tightly into the tapestry that is my life. In recent years, when I would hear his songs “When Doves Cry” and “Purple Rain” I was always reminded of my son, Joe. There are many wonderful quotes and lyrics [...]

National Kindergarten day!

It’s Kindergarten Day. The first day at Kindergarten is a memorable, exciting, nervous, and anxious time for mother and child. Most children and mothers will never forget the first day at Kindergarten. Hopefully, it was a good experience for all! Back in my day, the first day of Kindergarten was the first day that most [...]