Saturday, December 31, 2011


The night before last, as I lay in bed, I thought of my favorite experiences from 2011 as well as the changes that had occurred during that timeframe. It goes without saying that remarrying Dori in September was a big one. Three biggies transpired in the summertime. First was going to the Celebrate Your Life conference for the fourth consecutive year where, for the first time, I was called to the front of the room, not once, but twice: once to stare deeply into the eyes of my favorite author for a full minute, for the other, to let loose and dance. I also had a good time at the celebration of my Dad's 25th anniversary to his second wife. It offered me an opportunity to see and talk with people I'd not encountered in decades. And there was my return trip to Adventureland, an amusement park I last visited in 1983.

I had a great time at the movie theatre. My favorite films of these last 12 months were "Super 8", a nostalgic trip to 1979, "Hugo", an enchanting film set in 1930's Paris in which the 3-D was among the best I'd ever seen, "Insidious", one of the scariest films I've ever watched, "Contagion", a riveting drama, and "Drive", a European-style thriller. Thanks to postive reviews from Entertainment Weekly, I tried out two new shows that offered me much pleasure: "Game of Thrones" and "The Killing". "Enlightened" on HBO showed the challenges that come when trying to tackle the world in a spiritual way when so many have other things on their mind.

We upgraded our computer and monitor at long last (our former machinery was purchased in 2004) and also got a scanner. I've scanned hundreds of pictures with it and posted them to Facebook. If any of my readers would like to friend me on Facebook, where I post more regularly than here, just drop me a note at

In closing, here are some pics of me as a wee one:

Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas 1972

Per my mom: "Went to midnight mass at the chapel, had big turkey dinner at our home. Tommy loved the Christmas tree, especially the lights. He loved them on all the time and liked to fiddle and rearrange the presents."