Look who is coming for dinner!

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Seat Guru.”

I have thought about this blog challenge all day. Trying to figure out who I would invite to my fantasy dinner party. The major challenge would be how to get the correct invites that would create a balanced evening. The type of evening that has the correct balance of seriousness and meaning while be light-hearted, fun and cathartic. The type of evening when you wake the next day thinking, wholly cow that was a fun party. Immediately I began worrying about what to cook. While I love to cook, planning the right menu that was diverse enough for the tastes of famous people proved to down right stressful.

Everyone on the guest list would be people who have affected me. They would be people who I enjoy who help me experience happiness without any expectations with full acceptance. They would be a group of dinner mates that would enjoy my company and appreciate the evening. Ultimately they would be people who share my values, beliefs and a commitment to life. If I could I would invite people who would mirror my interests, tastes and passions.

Chianti, Italy. Tuscan Villa

If I would invite all writers everyone would be pretty introspective correcting each others language, diction and vocabulary.This did not sound like fun at all so I decided to just invite one writer. The writer would have a witty rounded sense of dry humor. Just the right balance between sarcasm, humor and reality. A person that could keep the conversation going yet keep it light and fun. Someone who is off the cuff and edgy. Then I was thinking it would be perfect to invite a writer and a musician. Having music playing during the dinner party does stage the perfect ambiance. The right musician would inspire us spiritually reminding us to appreciate the good of the evening. Then I was thinking inviting an actor would add the right type of emotion to the conversation. An actor that is passionate about the roles he plays. The actor would bring a clear sense of understanding to his character making it believable and drawing you totally into the drama.

A dinner party would not be complete without a famous chef. Someone who appreciated the taste of fine food. A chef that was passionate even romantic, someone I could related to that might also join me in the kitchen to cook. I continued to obsess about the menu until I thought of the perfect chef to invite. Someone that could help me cook a dinner where everyone  would leave feeling full, peaceful and complete.

The evening would not be right if we did not have a comic. Dinner parties are the best when there is serious genuine laughter, the type that hurts your belly and checks the next day. I must invite a scientist. Someone ridiculously smart, yeah who invited something really important. An invention that is life changing including how we have relationships with each other.  Since the invitation list has no limit it may also be awesome to include a past President of the United States. A person who has experienced the worlds challenging from a broad scale. A President who cared about public policy and the people especially those who did not have the same opportunity as most.


Saturday, the 21st day of March, 2015


Chianti, Italy.

Tuscany Villa



Pinot Grigio

Pasta Bolognese

Spaghetti Fruit Di Mar

Tuscan Roast Chicken

Basil green been salad


Guest List

Writer David Sardis

Actor Robin Williams

Musician Chris Tomlin

Chef-Mario Batali

Comedian-Whoopie Goldberg

Scientist-Steve Jobs

President-John F. Kennedy


Regrets only.

Then amidst my delusion of grandeur about entertaining these famous people at my table I had second thoughts. I thought it would way more fun to entertain those in my life that I love the most. The people who share the good and the bad. The people who are with me everyday unconditionally. The people who share great memories, silly card and board games, our traditional meals without the pomp and circumstance of famous people. The people I know I can count on no matter where the journey travels. I enjoy making memories which these people way more than anyone else.

It would be the type of evening when you wake up the next morning restored thinking, wow, now that party was fun.

Published by John Chianelli, Writer

I am second. I will share my experiences, as a child of God, husband to Daniel, father, best friend, brother, son, leader, professor, writer and photographer. My intention for this blog is to be random, with no plan, no list, no direction and no expectations. Very different from how I lived my past life. My journey has been blessed by the mercy and grace of God and unwavering love. I hope you enjoy reading and sharing my experiences of hurts, laughter, discovery, friendships, Christ, and my family. Temenos is a safe circle where you can be yourself with peace of mind. Temenos originates from a Greek word which refers to a universal instinct to create a protected, safe space in which to heal, restore and regenerate yourself. My temenos circle is a place to be still and seek Jesus. It becomes my place to pray, reflect in the word of our Lord to shrink, grow in him, and heal my soul. What is your temenos circle? By: John Chianelli ©John Chianelli and Temenos Circle. 2016-2011. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog's author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided the full and clear credit is given to John Chianelli and Temenos Circle with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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