Love is Family


If you are an opera fan, you probably know that Lucia di Lammermor is a pretty gut-wrenching tragedy. It is also a VERY long opera, about three hours. Still, I jumped at the chance at making this my son’s first opera.   Since birth I have made it a point to expose Angelo to art and culture. Being a singer myself, art, music and theater are a huge part of our family traditions. He has been to many important museums all over...

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By now everyone has seen the video of the Baltimore “hero” mom striking her rioting son repeatedly. They are calling her “Hero Mom”, “Mother of the Year” and saying that if more mothers were like her we wouldn’t have this problem. Here’s why I don’t agree with those statements entirely. I have felt this kind of desperation and fear. Just yesterday I was told my son was being rude...

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Stop Putting Your Kids First

Stop Putting Your Kids First


Posted By on Apr 6, 2015

Traveling the world and living abroad gives you some perspective on yourself in the context of community. The American culture, its very fabric, is woven with a strong value for individualism. It’s about winning and personal achievement not the greater good and the best for the future of society. That’s great for economies and making money but what does that do for our communities? When we put ourselves before the good of...

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Got mommy issues? Forget them today.

Got mommy issues? Forget them today.


Posted By on Mar 8, 2015

I wrote this on International Women’s Day. Sadly, for me, it was also the 7th day I had been in the hospital with my mom, five of which were spent in the ICU.  She’s a strong, 64 year-old woman, and her sudden sickness took all of us by surprise. She was taking care of me, my sister and my son, we were in bed with a terrible flu and she then caught it. The difference between her and us is that she is a diabetic and has...

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