Peace and Prayer

May 13th 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of a major historic event for Roman Catholics: the first apparition of Mary, the mother of God, to three humble shepherd children in the small village of Fatima, Portugal.   In all there would be six apparitions, culminating on October 13, 1917 with the great Sun Miracle witnessed by an … More Peace and Prayer

Let there be more

(This is not a political statement. The featured image I chose is an example of what there should be more of. As for the reasons the subjects are protesting, my opinion is that there are valid arguments on both sides of the matter. Photo credit: Nuccio DiNuzzo, a photographer for The Chicago Tribune attending a protest … More Let there be more

Wit and Wisdom

A proverb is a simple and concrete saying, popularly known and repeated, that expresses a truth based on common sense or experience. ~ Wikipedia According to Lord John Russell, a British Prime Minister from the 1800s, “A proverb is the wit of one, and the wisdom of many”. I rather agree with that short and sweet description! … More Wit and Wisdom

Land of My Heart

  Portugal is the land of my earliest memories. As I wrote in Land of My Birth, at age 4 my parents fled Angola (a Portuguese colony at that time) with me and as many possessions as they could ship out to Portugal, my father’s homeland. Having departed so young, I don’t have much in the … More Land of My Heart

Portuguese Pottery

I’ve always loved colorful Mediterranean pottery in general and Portuguese pottery in particular. There are many variations for typical Portuguese pottery, based on time period and region, but I pretty much admire them all. These are the things that make my eyes bug out and my heart skip a beat like a kid in a … More Portuguese Pottery

All Saints’ Day

This is a day with a rich history in the Catholic Church and other Christian denominations. The Roman Catholic Church celebrates All Saints’ Day on November 1st as a holy day of obligation, which requires attendance at Mass. In many countries it is observed as a national holiday as well. It is a day to remember and … More All Saints’ Day

A Night in NYC

Hubby had a company celebration to attend this past Friday: a three hour scenic cruise on the Hudson River with nonstop food, open bar and gift card giveaways! Sounds like fun, right? Unfortunately, I couldn’t go since non-employees were not invited. No guests, spouses or significant others…bummer. But hubby had one of his sporadic great ideas! … More A Night in NYC

A Jersey Gem

Ah beautiful Cape May, the southern-most beach town in New Jersey. One of America’s oldest vacation destinations, its recorded history dates back as far as the early 1600’s when it was first explored by Captain Cornelius Jacobsen Mey. Cape May does not have a boardwalk as some of the other Jersey shore towns, packed with hotels, eateries, … More A Jersey Gem

My friend Philomena

She’s no ordinary friend. She’s a saint. In the literal sense. Philomena is often referred to as “Powerful with God”. Her remains were discovered in the Roman Catacombs in 1802. They date back to the early 300s A.D., making her an early Christian who experienced the harsh persecutions of the Roman Empire. The study of … More My friend Philomena