Archive for the ‘seasons’ Category

Entry for December 19, 2008

Friday, May 15th, 2009

Well, it is almost Christmas. It snowed today here in Jersey and that can really put you in the spirit. But then it rained and everything was cold, wet and slushy. Ice water dripped down my back while I was waiting for the bus and I wasn’t sure quite what it was at first so I just screamed. Several people looked at me in disgust. My favorite movie for Christmas spirit is “It’s A Wonderful Life” Not only is the central characters name George, but he ends up on a cold snowy bridge in desperate need of help. How many times do I need to go to this damn bridge in my life? I miss when I was a family. I really miss my house and gardens, chopping wood for the fireplace. I am grateful, though, for where I am now. Right now, it’s not a cold snowy bridge. That movie “A Christmas Story” seems to be getting more popular every year. I love that central character Ralphie. He always reminded me of someone and then finally this year I figured it out.

RALPHIE and Brother GARY

Santa and Uncle Rebel

A Reindeer and George
How did Mom and Dad do it? Ten kids. Yet in all our “Twenty Questions” we all list Christmas as our favorite memory. It was never about money or toys (ok, so maybe it was) but there was never anything more magical then all of us being together under that tree in the morning.

SPECIAL THANKYOU: After Dad died, Gene Kaufmann and Danny Braza among others were there for mom to help put the toys together and help with all the work that can associated with Christmas.


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… 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… whispers…..listen closely. Tis the season.