Summer Fun Down the Shore (a photo)

Photo taken in Ocean City, NJ, in summer of 2021.

My family and I recently spent a long weekend in Ocean City, NJ, soaking up the sun on the beach. In the Philadelphia and New Jersey area, we call this going “down the shore.”

Growing up, my family usually went down the shore every summer. I have some great memories of being at the beach, on the boardwalk at night, and discovering new music at the record stores in town.

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Moon and Sun Love (a poem)

The moon is the queen, sky mother
The sun is the king, sky father
They love and they need each other
I pray, seeking to uncover
The secrets of their true wonder
How they shine, oh, so brilliantly
How they love us, yes, distantly
They make love during their eclipse
See the bright touching of their lips
Their love endures, persistently

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Nico Loves his Treats! (a photo)

Photo taken in Philadelphia in spring of 2021.

Every Saturday, Rachel and I walk over to a coffee shop in our neighborhood. It’s become a nice weekend ritual for us. The place has great coffee and crepes and the added bonus of giving us free treats for Nico! Dogs are so smart – Nico seems to sense we’re heading for the shop and knows the treats are coming.

Lately, he’s been struggling on the walks because it’s been so hot. So, we need to take some water with us so he can take a drink every so often. Anything to get him his beloved treats!

The Old Family Farm (Happy Earth Day)

Today I wanted to bring you a photo of my family’s old farm. These 250 acres of the family farm land in Pelham, TN, is where I spent a lot of my time growing up and where I learned a lot about food. My Mutsi had a tiny vineyard where we could pick the grapes to make jam. My Papa had a little garden out front where we could collect veggies for our salads and other side dishes.

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Nico being Blessed (a photo)

Nico being blessed by the Virgin Mary at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Port Jervis, NY. Taken in the spring of 2021. See – even the Catholics know Nico is such a good boy!