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Fun With Words

Posted: May 18, 2018 in Uncategorized
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You don’t have to be religious to enjoy these grammar bloopers:

All singles are invited to join us Friday at 7 pm for the annual Sing-alone.

Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our church and the community.

For those who have children and don’t know it, we have a nursery downstairs.

A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow.

At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be, “What is Hell?” Come early and listen to our choir practice.


Fun with words

Posted: March 11, 2018 in Uncategorized

We say of lawyers who lose their official standing before the bar through some misdemeanor that they are “disbarred”. Similarly, priests are subject to the penalty of being “unfrocked”, the frock being their clerical dress.

For the sake of consistency, perhaps this theme should be carried out for other professions as well. Electricians could be: delighted; musicians: denoted; cowboys: deranged; models: deposed; judges: distorted; dressmakers: unbiased. As for office workers, if they misbehaved, they could be defiled. – from Liguorian Magazine, “Lucid Intervals”

Ours is a noisy culture. Voices on cell phones, U-tube, television all vie for our attention. No matter where you go, there is always some sort of music blaring in the background. Or you plug yourself into your i-Phone/i-Pod and walk down the street ignoring all around you. Layer on top of that the screech of cars, airplanes flying overhead, and the obnoxious barking dog on the street how is anyone supposed to focus, think, enjoy the beauties of the world around them. Indeed our world is LOUD.

As a writer, I can also add to that the noise the voice in my head. It is always crafting sentences, how to turn my adventures into stories, what to write for a blog post. But I have also discovered silence as a tool to help me be a better writer, a better person, and to put me in touch with myself and my Creator

Here is a quote from Simon and Garfunkle’s well known song of the 60s “The Sounds of Silence”:

“And in the naked light I saw ten thousand people, maybe more.

People talking without speaking, people hearing without listening

People writing songs that voices never share…

And the signs said ‘The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls

And tenement halls’

And whisper’d in the sounds of silence.”

It takes time to make peace with silence. But once you do the benefits will quickly astound you. Take time to unplug, close your windows, lie still on your bed and…just breathe. Once the original anxiety over what you should do passes, you will find your mind clearing, and a song entering your soul. God speaks in those quiet moments as Psalm 46 states “Be still and know that I am God!” Or take a drive through the country on a nice day, no radio, no cell phone, just you and the beauty of nature. Let us not burry our humanity in the noise of technology or the beauty of creation in constant distractions that really do not feed our soul. Life is too short!


Posted: September 10, 2016 in Uncategorized

Keeping the Flame Alive


Like a beached whale the Oculus sits

Giving entry to the caverns beneath,

Sucking in people on the east perimeter of Ground Zero.

A recent addition to the rebuilding of sacred ground,

The whale yawns and gladly swallows the masses

Who now will shop in its belly’s mall.


The park on the South side

Was an afterthought to the relatively barren

View of the memorial below.

In a space of massive concrete and steel

Some colorful flowers might sooth the soul.

So walk its well-planned space,

Look at the growing things,

Turn and face the other side of what once was.

Can the pain of Ground Zero be that easily shut out?


What have we grown in this precious space?

Could any dreams have visualized what it’s become?

The Pit, became the Pile, became the “empty space”

Now to morph into a jumble of a NYC space

Never envisioned in the architect’s original plans.


Where smoke and fire rose.

Where DNA was smothered in concrete.

Where footprints were left in the dust…

We cannot turn it into the beauty it was before that day.

So remember the lost and keep an eternal flame

For them burning in our hearts.

Remembering 9/11- 15th Anniversary

Posted: September 3, 2016 in Uncategorized

9/11 is only a few days away. Do you remember the days and weeks afterwards, where as a nation we came together to pray, to support our first responders, to voice our fears but also our pride in this great country? Do you remember what our president said as he stood on the Pile addressing those brave men and women who were doing a job no one should ever be asked to do. So what have we become 15 years later?

We now listen daily to two presidential candidates who spew such negative rhetoric that it makes me ashamed to consider that one of them will represent our nation. One rattles on with unedited negative comments, while the other carefully Clorox’s the message hoping to sound “above it all”. What I am pointing out has nothing to do with their policies or which one has the best agenda. I am saying that the vitriol these two individuals unleash with their words is poisoning our nation and making us the laughing stock across the globe.

But back to the topic of 9/11 and the 15th anniversary. What we need on that day is to focus on its real meaning. We need to make that day a day of silence from all the verbal junk bombarding us. No speeches, no ads, no person trying to convince me that he/she is the best for the job. From the presidential candidates down to local mayoral races, please take a day off from all this verbal mudslinging. Read what 9/11 family members have to say about this in a very good article “Leading 9/11 Family Members Urge Trump, Clinton, Johnson, Stein to Observe Campaign Moratorium for 15th Anniversary of the September 11 Attacks”

We should join together on this Sept 11 and follow David Paine’s advice (president and co-founder of 9/11 Day):  “We believe the 9/11 community, along with the nation, deserves a day of peace and unity, as we collectively prepare to honor those lost on 9/11, the survivors, and the many who rose in service in response to the attacks.”

9/11 Day has also enlisted a group of 21 youth ambassadors who were born on the that day and are now almost 15 years old, to help spread the word to the next generation of Americans through social media.  “Nearly a quarter of all Americans today are under age 18, and most have no or very limited memories of the attacks and their immediate aftermath,” said Jay S. Winuk, executive vice president and co-founder of 9/11 Day. Click here to read the rest of the article.

So let us focus on the real meaning of that day: To keep those who are not with us forever in our hearts!

National Poetry Month has arrived and these last 2 weeks are filled with lots of poetry related activities:

  • My special art project “Poetry for the Body” where I wrote poetry based upon individual pieces of jewelry I created are now premiered on my website. Click here to view the page. Image below is from the series.
  • Readings of my poetry. I will be at a number of venues week of April 18 & 25. Click here for the complete listing.
  • My workshop on writing poetry, themed “How poetry can uplift your life” April 21, 2016 from 7 –8 PM at the Garwood Library, 411 Third Ave, Garwood, NJ where I will kick off the evening reading some of my poetry. A discussion about poetry will follow. Everyone will have an opportunity to read a poem (your own or one of your favorites) (free, no RSVP needed)


The power of one word

Posted: December 18, 2015 in Uncategorized


“A rose by any other name is still a rose.” Is it? Well, a tree with lights is not a Christmas tree or it’s not a holiday tree! Roselle Park NJ’s mayor created a real tempest in a teapot when he proposed an ordinance to rename the “holiday” tree lighting ceremony to the “Christmas” tree lighting ceremony. The council passed it but only after one member resigned feeling it was religious and tree lightings should remain non-sectarian. (She took back her resignation later).

Most towns call it simply a “tree lighting” ceremony or a “Holiday Tree” lighting ceremony. Those towns that have Menorahs, and Kwanza symbols do use it as the Christian symbol.  Are we taking political correctness to extremes (aka the controversy over a coffee cup from Star Bucks vs one from Dunkin Donuts) or would the non-Christian residents of the town feel offended (They had no say in this Mayor’s decision)?

So how do you feel about the naming of a town’s tree? Should we keep “Christ in Christmas” or “Pull the plug” (pun intended) on all religious references during this HOLIDAY season?