Publisher’s Note

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1st Quarter 2018

As I write this issue’s publisher’s note I am watching my youngest daughter and her husband cooking in their tiny Philadelphia apartment. Bob is the chef, and he is teaching Heather how to perfect her pie crust. It is very different from when I was a child, since you would never have seen a man in the kitchen cooking anything, let alone teaching his cute little wife how to make pies. But the love that I see and the laughter between them is such a beautiful thing that I can’t help but wish that my life had been more like this. Family is such a beautiful thing, and we sometimes forget that it takes work to keep life going strong; even after the loss of a love one, a change in our financial situation, or a change in our relationships. But it is possible to always reach back and find the warmth if we really try. So never give up.

The Holidays are over and we are going full force in to 2018. For many of us 2017 was a struggle, due to natural disasters, as well as the loss of friends and family members to senseless crimes. But for many it has been the beginning of a great era with reconnections of old friends and new. This was the first holiday in many years that I actually had all my children and grandchildren home for the holidays.  It was much like when my children were small and we spent our holidays with my extended family. I am the youngest of nine children, and at times with all of the grandchildren and great-grandchildren we would have as many as 30 or 40 family members in my home. For me, it was a time to go back and enjoy the love of family, and less about the commercialization of the holiday season.

May your 2018 be a blessed and healthy one, and as I pray for peace in the world, I also pray for peace and happiness for each of our contributors and readers.

    -Thank You, Pamela Rizzo, Publisher

 

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