Farewell Mom, I love you.

Eulogy of Theresa Chianelli-Santelli December 26, 1931 September 26, 2020 Mom, I didn’t know God’s plan was different from my plan, but God’s plan was by far better. I am torn between feelings of sadness and joy. This may appear antithetical, but my joy is slowly eliminating my sadness, and this is why.  While MomContinue reading “Farewell Mom, I love you.”

At the end of my life

It is funny how some of our traditions in cultures make no sense in the context of others. When we celebrate accomplishments, proclaim our love or success we typically do this as publicly as possible. We buy a cap and gown for a commencement  to walk across the stage to declare our brilliance. We spendContinue reading “At the end of my life”

Flatlined

What would happen if you were told that in the next minute your heart would stop beating? What would you think? How would you feel? What would you tell people about yourself that no one would know? Ask yourself these questions and for a minute. What would I do if someone told me my lifeContinue reading “Flatlined”

Jazz inthe Driveway…

This story comes at the close of summer. The last couple summers have not been the same at our home. I have not been able to pinpoint the issue until this year. One of may favorite neighbors James passed after a battle with the Big C. Jim was the best neighbor. The day I metContinue reading “Jazz inthe Driveway…”

Is the end really the beginning?

Fall is an essential hallmark at the end of each year in Wisconsin. The air gets crisp, children are getting bored in school  as they anticipate winter break. Fall officially symbolizes the close of the summer. We can hear the crunch of leaves below our feet as we walk throughout the day. “Fall back,” shortensContinue reading “Is the end really the beginning?”

Polish your own apple

This week a friend of mine was struggling with her ability to please someone in her life. She was feeling really poor and was teary eyed as she told her story. She had been working hard all year to please another individual but the person remained unsatisfied. My friend is an outstanding, caring, passionate individual,Continue reading “Polish your own apple”