Day #111 – Christmas Tree

Posted by on Dec 21, 2011 in Photographs, Sacred Artifacts | 0 comments

Day #111 – Christmas Tree

  Whether dressed to the nines in silver tinsel and blown glass finials or draped in simple popcorn garlands strung by plump and not-so-nimble fingers, the Christmas tree stands as a noble representation of the annual, merry holiday.  Each tree bearing the personality of the designer, formal, whimsical, or country hand-crafted, all styles, shapes and forms are equally adored. Homes feel suddenly celebratory, and a perpetual party feeling ensues for as long as the twinkling lights blink in the corner of the parlor. Adults and children alike anxiously haul tired cardboard boxes from their...

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Day #107 – Snowmen

Posted by on Dec 17, 2011 in Photographs, Sacred Artifacts | 0 comments

Day #107 – Snowmen

My first real memory of America happened two days after my mother and I arrived at Ellis Island on December 6, 1948.   Within two days, we were sharing an apartment in the West End of Boston with my mother’s brother. Uncle Peter’s place was small, but the combination of a black coal-burning stove in the kitchen and a pot-bellied stove in the living room kept the apartment warm from the frigid temperatures outside. I remember looking out the window the first day we arrived.  The late-afternoon sun barely made a dent in the shadowed darkness of the street. Row upon row of four and...

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Day #106 – Antique Ornaments

Posted by on Dec 15, 2011 in Photographs, Sacred Artifacts | 0 comments

Day #106 – Antique Ornaments

My wife loves Christmas. I don’t have the courage to tell you how old she really is, but each December, she becomes a five-year-old again. She never gets tired of the hustle and bustle of it all. The presents, the cards, the wreaths, gift bags, wrapping paper, ribbons and bows, it goes on and on. And I love watching her. As she hurries from stores to homes to events, all who get caught in her wake become more . . . more . . .well . . . Christmas-sy. I’m not sure if that’s a real word but it’s exactly what they become. With all she does, her greatest achievement each year is the Christmas...

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Day #84 – Dad’s Ring

Posted by on Nov 23, 2011 in Photographs, Sacred Artifacts | 0 comments

Day #84 – Dad’s Ring

“Son, I have something for you. Your father wanted you to have it.” My heart caught in my throat. It had only been two weeks since Dad passed away and now, Mom with trembling hands, held a small, white box out to me. Thoughts raced through my mind. What on earth could it be? I made a big show of sitting down, but my legs gave out really; I just didn’t want Mom to see it. The box, so small I could cradle it in my hands, gave me goose bumps; it was as though my dad was looking over my shoulder saying, “I’m fine, son. I love you. I just wanted you to have a way of remembering me, a symbol of...

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Day #76 – American Flag

Posted by on Nov 15, 2011 in Photographs, Sacred Artifacts | 0 comments

Day #76 – American Flag

Oh say, can you see me standing below you, transfixed by your majestic beauty waving in the breeze. You fly so high in the sky where everyone may look upon you. My eyes become moist as all that you represent fills my heart. All too often, I take for granted the many freedoms you signify. You assure that I may speak my piece no matter who agrees or not. My soul may search to worship the Almighty in any form I choose. You guarantee I may pursue my happiness through all lawful means. You symbolize the ability to change the course of government by the radical act of casting a ballot, and without...

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Day #67 – Headdress

Posted by on Nov 6, 2011 in Photographs, Sacred Artifacts | 0 comments

Day #67 – Headdress

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