Archive for the ‘seasons’ Category

Dreaming in Black & White….Entry for May 30, 2008

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

In this dream I was a kid in our house on Whitman street in Carteret NJ. It was Fall because everything was black and white outside and inside even our pets. Mom and Dad were at Liberty Bell betting on Joanies Ponie. I was scared. Not because of the trees outside but because Carol and Rebel were watching usbut that everthing seemed different.

Springtime……………Entry for April 14, 2008

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

Artwork by Brittani

Give me the splendid silent sun
with all his beams full-dazzling.-Walt Whutman

in Just
spring when the world is mudluscious
the little
lame balloonman
whistles far and wee -EE Cummings

The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is with an April day
When the sun is out and the wind is still
You’re one month on in the middle of May.
But if you so much as dare to speak,
A cloud comes over the sunlit arch,
A wind comes off a frozen peak,
And you’re two months back in the middle of March.-Robert Frost

April is the cruelest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain. -T.S. Eliot

A little Madness in the Spring
Is wholesome even for the King. -Emily Dikenson

The sky was yellow…..
and the sun was blue -Jerry Garcia/ Robert Hunter

Christmas with Bella….Entry for December 28, 2007

Saturday, May 9th, 2009



Christmas with the Hoffmans
Thanks Joe, Belinda and Bella for a Christmas I will never forget.

It’s beginning to look alot like…….Entry for November 30, 2007

Friday, May 8th, 2009


While driving around once before Thanksgiving, I noticed Christmas lights. On the radio….Christmas music!!! BEFORE THANKSGIVING???
Why does the Christmas celebration start earlier every year? The commercial reasons are obvious; many retailers do a significant portion of their business during Christmastime, so the sooner the sleigh bells ring, the happier stores are.
There is a deeper reason Christmas starts earlier each year: We want to live in the Christmastime world, and this has nothing to do with religion. In the Christmastime world, children are happy, family is gathered round, and all the year’s exhausting and stressful overwork has at least led to a pile of presents. Candles are lighted, and we listen for a sound in the distance.

Christmastime also brings out the strongest positive memories of most people’s childhoods…of presents, singing, anticipation, and the adults forcing themselves to get along. The Christmas weeks are the time we believe all is right with the world, whether or not we actually go over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house. We want to enter the time of believing all is well, so every year we push up the start date.

At this time of year remember how blessed we are to be from such a BIG family. And how it has grown….and is still growing: Ann and her children, all our kids, Larry and Paul and their kids, the new kids on the block…Maddy, Becky, Britt and Bella! And our greatest blessing…..we are all resonably healthy. Merry Christmas

Gratitude is attitude……Entry for November 9, 2007

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Tell us your Halloween Stories……..Entry for October 19, 2007

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Do you have a favorite Halloween story or costume from Whitman street or a current story you experienced with your children? Share it with us here!

I love you….forever……….Entry for February 14, 2007

Friday, May 8th, 2009

“Archaeologist unearthed a pair of embracing human skeletons at a construction site in Mantua, northern Italy, on Monday, and they believe the couple, a man and a woman were buried between 5,000 and 6,000 years ago.” (The Star Ledger) Sometimes newspapers surprise me with good news, a great photo or awesome wisdom—-they are not just loaded with bad news.
What is love forever? As many of us enter or leave our many marriages…LOL. I have often wondered. All the songs, quotes, movies and billboards tell us:
Love is a decision, not an emotion or feeling,
that if made from the heart will outlast anything…
Can we ever describe parental love of our own children? As we get older do you get the feeling that God really is watching over us? That maybe he really does love us.It seems to come after each crisis in our life…the things that make us stronger…the things that can only come by livivng life….on lifes terms.
Happy Birthday to little Rebecca…..I almost forgot her birthday because she is so new to us. I forgot to put her on the birthday list. Hope you Ohio folks gave her a great day.
Like a child’s infinite dreams,
is the endlessness of love!
Happy Valentines Day!

“is it bedtime yet???”……….Entry for December 21, 2006

Friday, May 8th, 2009

I finally got on..I hope I can do this. I want to thank you for my wonderful Christmas present and yes I will keep it to get my house cleaned. I love ALL of you so much that you will nevbert know.. I may be your aunt but I love you as your Mom….My wonderful thoughts of Christmas is when your Dad was still alive and Reb and him stayed up all night putting toys together..your Mom and I would hand them their beer AND give encouragememnt…Oh what I would do to have those times back again..seeing all of you come down the stairs and watching those eyes..we might have been hung over but you guys cured us fast…then your Mom and I cooking dinner and all we kept saying to each other was “is is bedtime yet’…we were sooo tired but it was worth it. I wouldn.t change one minute of it all. I wish you ALL a merry Christmas and I pray I am around next year to wish it again and again. Hey you never know!! I’m just mean enough to hang on a long time…I hope you like your presents I mailed…it is not much but they were all done from MY HEART. Stay close to each other cause you are lucky to have one another…look at me I was only a family of three….your wonderful Mom and Dad know what they were doing!!!! LOVE YOU ALL {now lets see if I can do this}

–Uncle Carol

Tis The Season…….Entry for December 7, 2006

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Tis the season….anywhere you are. If the magic of Christmas doesn’t touch you somehow, someway-then you ain’t alive! Traditionally, for myself, Susan and I will settle in and watch “It’s a Wonderful Life” (the B&W version) and I’m there. Tonight in New York, my routine walk around Madison Square Garden with my hot cup of tea at break—the wind was stong and cold. Bundled up shoppers everwhere and the smell of hot pretzles cooking from the street venders. Why is it that we can’t forget our troubles the way we forget our blessings? We are truely blesssed to come from such a large family.–when we remember growing up together—most of us bring up Christmas as our favorite memories. Pure magic, when you are a child. The Sears special toy cataloge. Pick out…One big toy and two small ones. The countdown to Christmas. Putting up the tree together. Watching Charlie Brown and Frosty the snowman…..The Grinch’s Roast Beast! And the magic of all of us running down the stairs together….we were so excited that we forgot to plug in the tree until ten o’clock! The SEA of toys…the overwhelming feeling of joy and family. The sounds of all those toys. It was the GREATEST mess in the world…..one that you never wanted to clean up……because you want it to last forever! Even after Dad died Mom tried so hard to keep the magic. Most of us have children now….and our deepest desires of the heart are to make Christmas magical for them too. To remind them what this day is REALLY about. Make A BIG MESS this Christmas and don’t worry about cleaning it up. Catch the sparkle in your childrens eyes and take it with you wherever you go. Let your heart guide you…..it whispers…..listen closely. Tis the season.

Fall Ramblings……..Entry for November 15, 2006

Friday, May 8th, 2009

This was the day I was dreading. The day the leaves went away. Grey smokey sky. Days of rain. Raining reds and yellows, pulling every last leaf from the trees of my Summer soul. One morning you wake up and everything can be changed. Looking so bare and bleak. Change happens so quickly. Seems like only yesterday I was pushing Josh around the corner in the baby carriage……and now last Sunday nite we sat together in a driving rain storm at Giants stadium. As quick as our team was winning the game….they lost. Like I said…Change is quick. There was a moment when I looked over at him…..poncho covered….rain dripping off his hood…almost as tall as me now….pimples and hormones like a raging wildfire…..and for a moment we just smiled at each other. I am thinking to myself….”what am I doing to you my son?”
Here, on the verge of Wnter, we wait patiently for Belindas baby. She is due the 23. It is very exciting. A miracle, birth is…….and more swift change in life.
A Glenn update: After eight weeks he finally did get his teeth. He is very happy with them. He wrote that he has to learn how to eat all over again. He is also in alot of hard physical pain and they refuse to help him. His back has been hurting him. Carol and Barb called the facility seeking answers. They are finally going to send him to a nerologist. He will be getting out in eight weeks. Barb picked him up a coat and some clothes at the thrift store because the location of the few things he did own are unknown. He did mention some ambitions to stay sober. There was more media coverage at Grant and Viki’s wedding than there is at the Iraq war. I just recently added about 30 new wedding photos and a new page to Belindas shower…I really don’t know who those people are but it kinda makes me a little happy that I’ve never been invited to a shower my whole life.
It has been awile since the last Blog posting….I have been buried at work. It is good creative things but yes….it still becomes……work. Why is happiness so hard to find sometimes???….a good friend told me once…”If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.”….siging off