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.”

Who is your Influencer?

There are so many people that influence us in life. Our family and best friends have a great impact what we do or who we become. Our co-workers, our boss and/or customers affect us daily.  Leaders in our world impact our lives through the decisions they make that represent and direct our world. Spiritual leadersContinue reading “Who is your Influencer?”

Started with a pickle 

Saturday mornings were made for farmers markets.  I was surrounded by crisp fall air, sounds of the waves crashing on the rocks from the lake and the bustle of people their dogs and cloth bags. I really wasn’t sure what to get from the farmers today. There was no recipe in mind or even aContinue reading “Started with a pickle “

Little Johnny

My Father loved to tell jokes. You could often see him off in the corner of the room telling Little Johnny Joke’s and people laughing all around him. Amongst the laughter, you would always hear my Mom yelling over the crowd “Frank, stop that is not appropriate!”   The more people laughed at his sassyContinue reading “Little Johnny”

They had me at Zurheide

We were walking into the parking lot and a few people were blocking our car. It was a young couple and an older couple standing next to a 1995 Buick Sable. On the ground was a cardboard box filled with things wrapped in newspaper. The older woman, was doing all the talking explaining to theContinue reading “They had me at Zurheide”

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”

Happy Birthday in Heaven…

I was talking to my Mom today and she told me a story about her sister Dolores. Today is Aunt Dolores’s birthday. Birthdays were very important to Aunt. We have close to 100 family members in our family and her goal in her life was to remember every last one of them. Mom reminded meContinue reading “Happy Birthday in Heaven…”