A thank you from my family
To those of you who took the time to offer condolences or share a memory on Facebook–Thank you.
To the many family members and friends who sent a card and/or flowers–we so appreciate the gesture.
Several years ago I decided to let mom know how much I appreciated her, so I wrote a list of things I was grateful for.
I wrote them up in a list, put it on nice paper, and sent it to her for Mother’s Day. She loved it so much that she hung it up and asked me to read it at her funeral.
So I’d like to read a few of my gratitudes; what I considered my “top 10:”
I am grateful
- I am grateful that you and dad stayed married to each other for over 52 years.
- I am grateful that you and dad made sacrifices for us by not pursuing obscene wealth and material possessions.
- I am grateful for those fun Friday nights when you let us stay up late to watch a movie, with popcorn you popped for us on the stove.
- I am grateful for all the times we played those great board games together as a family.
- I am grateful that you moved us to a neighborhood full of children to play with. I have lots of fond memories of Fairtree Drive.
- I am grateful to you for not showering us with wasteful and unnecessary gifts each Christmas, and for teaching us the real meaning of Christmas.
- I am grateful for my Catholic upbringing and education, and for helping me develop my spirituality.
- I am grateful that you maintained friendships with fun families like the Huffers, Stockers, Durbins, Mieyals, Signorellis, and especially all of dad’s fraternity brothers.
- I am grateful for all the times we played cards and gambled for pennies with you and Rosa.
- I am grateful for all those times we sat in the kitchen and drank wine together.
Life has been good to me. I realize I’m lucky and blessed to have been born into a loving and caring family. Thank you for everything. Happy Mother’s Day, mom!
Love you mom!
For those of you who are still lucky enough to have your parents, make sure you tell them how grateful you are.
This was the final song from the Ghosts of Christmas Eve concert, Dec. 3, 2016 at the Nutter Center, Dayton, Ohio.
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra tours in November and December only. Check out this link for their website and schedule.
Did you know?
- $1.00 of every ticket sold goes to a local charity
- The band incorporates a string orchestra of local musicians from each market in which they perform
You need to see this concert.
Merry Christmas to my friends and colleagues!
Musical version of famous horror movie finally released
I know it’s been a spell since my last post, but I’ve been busy having a life. So to make up for the long hiatus, I’m sharing a little-known musical: The Shining. Yes, that famous Stephen King book and movie was made into a musical by my friends at ShadowboxLive.
I think it’s better than the movie, in my opinion.
Did you ever wonder what it would be like to travel back into time to the year 0?
I recently had the privilege of attending the Joint Employer Event at the Mansfield Air National Guard Base in Mansfield, Ohio.
Representatives from Ohio companies who employ veterans were invited to spend the day with the members of the Ohio National Guard in order to better understand the commitments they make to their careers, and the challenges they face in the job market.
There were approximately 50 employers represented; many brought their service member employees with them. After a brief overview and video, we were transported on a bus to another area of the base where we got to mingle with members of the Red Horse squadron. (A side note: The Red Horse squadrons – an acronym for Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineers – are self-sustaining engineering and construction units that provide support for other military units worldwide.)
We were offered rides on various military vehicles, including a Humvee, and were given an opportunity to chat with some of the service members. Later, we watched demonstrations of some of the tactical equipment and listened to a presentation about the Red Horse squadrons. The day culminated with a ride in a Chinook helicopter!
We were given a packet of information on recruiting, hiring, and retaining veterans, along with an invitation to join the Ohio National Guard Employer Advisory Council.
According to Lt. Col. Kathryn Lowrey, director of community outreach for the Ohio National Guard (ONG), these events are held twice a year, rotating between different locations in Ohio. They typically draw between 50-60 employers.
“These events are very well received by the employers,” Lowrey explained. “They very much appreciate learning about our organization and having special time with their military employees. It transforms the relationship between the employer and employee.”
Military veterans face employment challenges, due to the fact that many get called away from their jobs for active duty. Depending on the particular type of work they do, it can also be challenging for employers to hold their jobs; especially when service members might get called away for long periods of time.
Lowrey said the Joint Employer Events aim to educate employers on how to accommodate this inconvenience. “The Employer Advisory Council focuses on retention activities so employers can understand more fully how to help service members be more successful in their careers,” she added.
For more information about the Ohio National Guard Employer Advisory Council, please contact the community outreach office at (614) 336-7002. This forum is open to all military-friendly employers interested in learning more about recruitment and retention of military employees. Visit the Ohio National Guard website to learn more.
To watch the rest of the videos, check out my playlist on YouTube.