standard An Invocation

As the sun sets: let us collect our thoughts and give thanks this special day and the ones that preceded it. Let us pause to celebrate the gift of life. Let us pause to celebrate the gift of family Let us pause to celebrate the gift of each other. As the sun sets: let us [...]

standard Winter’s Early Entry

It is not even Halloween and we have just had our first snow fall in Rhode Island. Not much, but enough to cover the ground. It is bizarre as the leaves have not yet fallen and there is snow on the ground. They say that seasons are the perfect reminder of the arrow of times [...]

standard Reflections on the Tragedy in Tucson

We are taught that you study history in order to learn from it. To avoid repeating it. This past weekend a mentally ill 22 year old young man attempted to assassinate US Congress woman Gabrielle Gibbons. In the process he killed six others and wounded many more. Efforts to attempt to ‘understand the why’ frankly [...]

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June 10, 2010 United Chicago to SacramentoIt is one of those very long trips that is squeezed into a very short time. Have been invited to speak at the California Realtors Board of Directors meeting in Sacramento. So the trip is from the Atlantic to the Pacific for a 10 to 12 minute speech and [...]

standard Father’s Day 2010

It has been a very unusual father’s day. Today I contacted a good number of my friends who are dads and wished them well. Today is very different. One might think this is due to the fact I am getting older, but seven years after my father’s passing I have finally moved beyond the” void. [...]

standard Memorial Day Tribute

This is a great tribute that was forwarded to me first by my friend and former Marine Mike Ricci… One of my hero’s This will touch you: MAY GOD BLESS THIS AIRLINE CAPTAIN: He writes: My lead flight attendant came to me and said, “We have an H.R. on this flight.” (H.R. stands for human [...]

standard A Great Friend: John Veneris

Try as we might, we can no longer hear this lion’s roar. John Veneris, husband, brother, father, son, NAR leader, mentor, teacher, but most of all, a dear friend died last week after a valiant struggle with lung cancer. For us, his family and friends, this is a devastating loss. John is, (I am not [...]

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United Chicago to Providence 13 January 2010 6:50 It was a cold winter Chicago day and I was ready to go home. While I like the concept of one day meetings, they can be challenging. This had been organized on little notice and was important. The trip out on Tuesday had been uneventful. We started [...]

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Southwest Tucson to Chicago December 13th It is my last travel for the Association of Realtors for 2009 and the last for six weeks. It is not quiet full and we are going to be connecting at Midway Airport in Chicago. Originally, it was going to be a tight connection of 40 minutes, but we [...]

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United 679 Chicago to San Diego We were involved in a rolling invasion of the 2009 Realtors Convention in San Diego. I was travelling first, my wife second, my son third, and the return was similar. The goal was to participate in the convention, but have good coverage for the day to day operations of [...]