Thursday, May 01, 2008

Happy Birthday Hope!

Got a letter from my daughter Hope, last week! It warmed my heart and made me smile. She told me what she wanted for her birthday. She gave me a few ideas: Lego's (with people), a Bratz doll and a CD. I just got back from the store where I bought her all three. She should like the gifts, as they are what she asked for.

She's a great kid who I look forward to getting to know one of these days. It's been almost two years since I've seen her, and it doesn't look like my ex is going to make a normal father/daughter relationship possible anytime soon.

What is. . . . Is

Someday, Somewhere, Somehow

Monday, April 28, 2008

Baby Magic, originally uploaded by dadadreams.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

My Dad in town!

My father arrived Friday afternoon after cruising in on his big Goldwing motorcycle from Atlanta. He stayed with Shawn Greer and his family the previous night in Phoenix.

I love having my Dad around. Today he met with some old friends from Crosby High School in Waterbury, Ct. They’re meeting in Burbank for a luncheon. Yesterday we went to a movie, “21”. Enjoyed it, made me think about my limited time hanging out with Sal Picente.

I remember once at my home in Cincinnati, my dad was visiting and Sal was over demonstrating some poker hand run ups. My father asked him how he beat the cut. Effortlessly, Sal put in the brief in while riffle shuffling offered the cut to my pops, he cut to the brief and Sal dealt out 5 hands of poker dealing himself the winning hand. Impressive.

It’s fun hanging out with my dad. We become more similar with the passing of time. Cigars walks and talks and trying to get our stories straight. Where he was coming from, where I’ve been, this and that. Happy family memories and the not so happy times. The death of my sister, bla bla bla. I really enjoy his company and revel in the man he has become. He enjoys life as much or more that I do, surprisingly something that he gives me partial credit for. He tells me that he has learned so much from me about how to live life. A real startling revaluation.

Polly gave him a neat nick name this morning, “The Rock Star of Retirement”!

My Dad

conjurer, originally uploaded by thane.

Treat yourself good. . . you’re the best person for the job!

It’s no mystery why I’m one of the happiest guys I know. I’ve spent decades sculpting a lifestyle that when properly honed is best described as joy.

I’ve felt my share of pain and suffering mostly brought on by myself. It never feels good to hate yourself and wish you could change the course of past events. But you can’t. Get over it and yourself.

It’s who you are today that counts. You can’t change the past, but you can change the present and future by what you put in your heart and your mind.

So treat yourself good, whether you deserve it or not. I’m not talking about buying yourself a present. I mean, look in the mirror and tell yourself, you’re OK. Life is good and there is a lot of love in the world. Be a part of it.

Share with the world all the love in your heart. Make people smile. Use your manners. Be nice always to the ones you love. Don’t be petty. Sing out loud, dance spontaneously. Be glad you’re alive and take advantage of it.

nuff said