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  • The Standing Ovation

    04 June 2015

    Family and friends, shoulder to shoulder, in rows, aisles, against the wall; eyes fixated on the priest who acknowledged seeing such crowds in Easter and Christmas; a warm atmosphere expressed by shaking hands, soft embraces, gentle kisses. This was a...

  • Christopher Anthony Matlosz...

    15 January 2011

    The passing of Christopher Anthony Matlosz on January 14, 2011 by a cold and heartless animal stirred much love, devotion and empathy among family, friends and the thin blue line whose membership I am proud to uphold. It is times like these when I cannot...

  • 1st Step is HUGE...

    27 January 2011

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr hit the nail on the head when he said, "Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." If I had heard him say that in the sixties, I'd have shouted, "Right on, Brother." and my old pal, Lola would...

  • Moses and Mary Speak

    30 January 2011

    The impact of words in our lives never cease to amaze me. They can empower your being so much that you feel you can move a mountaintop. Yet, on the flip side, they can crush your spirit to the point of a devastation that leads to surrender. If you are,...

  • Second Chance

    03 February 2011

    When I was a kid in school and admitted to the teacher that I had made a mistake in my work, I would always ask if I could, "do it over". Nine times out of ten, the teacher would give me a second chance. I was always thankful because I knew I was given...

  • Monday Morning Quarterbacking

    07 February 2011

    Life is like a game of football. You are the quarterback and you call the plays as you see fit based on your training and experience. The playbook has been scrutinized and the plays have been practiced with tenacity. The Coach's words are loud and clear...

  • Simply First Love

    13 February 2011

    On this Valentines Day, I would like to share a precious memory with you. You know the kind I will speak of; most of us have had them during our adolescence. They are undeniably real and magically exquisite beyond belief. Blessed are we that experience...

  • What is Your worth?

    17 February 2011

    This morning while in my vehicle, I was waiting on line to drop off my daughter, Mia at school. Noticing two young girls exiting the car ahead of mine caused me to ponder on the noun, "worth*". I made the mental math regarding the worth of the girls'...

  • Let's Dance, My Friend

    23 February 2011

    What is a friend? I will tell you...it is someone with whom you dare to be yourself." ~ Frank Crane The friendships I maintain are absolutely priceless. They vary in physicality and interests, but are equal in compassion. We share each other's happiness...

  • Code 10-13

    28 February 2011

    backup: a person or thing that supports or reinforces another. There is not a man of us who does not at times need a helping hand to be stretched out to him, and then shame upon him who will not stretch out the helping hand to his brother." — Theodore...

  • Inner Circle

    06 March 2011

    "Disappointment to a noble soul is what cold water is to burning metal; it strengthens, tempers, intensifies, but never destroys it." — Eliza Tabor Earlier this week, I spoke with you about the characteristic we find in people which propels them to aid...

  • No Regrets

    13 March 2011

    Yesterday morning, at approximately 5:32am PST, my cell phone rang and I wondered who was calling me at such an early hour. I did not answer it for I knew the person would call my home, if it was urgent. My thought had not been completed, when I heard...

  • Speechless

    20 March 2011

    I do not know what to say to you. Nothing I utter will remove your pain. Your anguish and rage are understandable. If I were in your shoes, I would want vengeance*, as well. After all, it is human nature to wish to repay evil with evil. If I say to you,...

  • THE EVER PRESENT X

    27 March 2011

    What makes one person harder to forget than another? The answer seems obvious to you, but when asked to explain it, you cannot. How can you remove someone from your mind when their memory seems to taunt you indiscriminately? You attempt to forget them...

  • Facing Your Giants

    03 April 2011

    We face giants* continuously. Their characteristics differ, but their ability to make us feel powerless remains the same. As toddlers, an angry look or a reprimand from an adult brought us to tears and we could do nothing to combat it. Later, the steps...

  • Celebrating Eve

    10 April 2011

    It is great to be a woman!* There is so much we can do*, yet we give ourselves and each other such little credit. Why? Throughout history*, women have taken on important roles and have made grand accomplishments. There are countless stories showing courage...

  • Overcoming Life's Challenges

    18 April 2011

    Last night, my good friend, Veteran, Darwin Laidley visitied me at home. What he brought forth were heroic stories which entailed overcoming life's challenges. Until 4 a.m, we shared vivid recollections of moments that caused us to empathize, laugh and...

  • Where is the thrill?

    02 May 2011

    As I look out the window on my return flight from a business trip, I wonder what other revelations my book's process will bring forth. Ten candid interviews with much video footage were completed and their frank dialogues were profound in nature. Some...

  • A New Beginning

    07 May 2011

    You receive your newborn*, swaddled in a blanket and upon seeing their angelic face, you are never the same again. Earnest devotion automatically follows and the great task of mothering begins. Later, a mere photograph of someone else's baby melts your...

  • Time to Rest

    15 May 2011

    In constant motion, we move, rarely finding the time to catch a breath. We know that time waits for no one, so we become robotic and try to meet the deadlines we set for ourselves. Believing more accomplishments will make us happier, we increase momentum....

  • Milestones

    21 May 2011

    I awoke this morning with the thought of three significant people who share a birthday with one another. Lest I forget and before the day was absorbed with tasks, I sent them well wishes, jokes and love. Wanting them to know their impact in my life, I...

  • Inspiration

    01 June 2011

    How grand to find inspiration in your fellow man on Memorial Day! Every year in Venice Beach, Joe Wheatley promotes an Armed Forces Championship in conjunction with a Bikini, Figure and Bodybuilding Competition. At 1300 hours, a plane flies overheard...

  • Your Beautiful Butterfly

    06 June 2011

    She is three years old when she approaches me with her curious eyes and curly, black hair and asks, "Momma, do you know what metamorphosis* is?" Amazed that she even knows how to pronounce the word, makes me want to kiss her temple with glee, but I wait...

  • George

    14 June 2011

    On June 11, 2011, at 4:14pm, PST, I received a text from a friend which read, We just put George down, "my beloved 4 legged baby." Feeling the weight of her words, I immediately called her to provide consolation. When she answered, I asked how she was...

  • A Father's Focus

    19 June 2011

    Upon retiring in May of 2010, Nicholas Tonzillo, my friend and former colleague, relocated to Maui, Hawaii. A few years earlier, his eldest daughter, Domenica had begun undergraduate studies at the University of Hawaii. Being the family man that he is,...

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