Thursday, December 31, 2009

Discover Italy in the Fall.......

by joining Tracie and me on a FABULOUS Adventure.

Every day spent in Italy is one filled with new discoveries and this coming fall will be no exception. We will enjoy an architectural tour of historic building styles evident in nearly every street in Orvieto. This will offer a rare look at the vast layers hiding beneath many common sites in town. Layers of history will be revealed before your eyes. You will see Estrucan sites from 600 BC that were eventually taken over by the Romans. Elaborate mosaic floors in excellent condition will enable you to imagine what a Roman temple may have been like. Christians followed and took parts and pieces of this historic past then reconstructed a church, adding even more layers. Feeling and seeing this historical site will make a vivid impression on you for years to come.

Orvieto is a welcoming town with an architectural style than can only be absorbed through the experience of being there, touching and smelling the air.

Gardens and ancient walkways will capture your heart and senses. The plants growing freely on the landscape will present a visual delight.

Shopping at the market provides a discover of lucious foods and wines to enjoy. This will be experienced as we cook and eat the Italian way.

Tracie and I invite you to enjoy and discover with us on our Adventure In Italy this September. Visit Kirstin and Bill Steiner's website for all the details. Space is limited to enable the experience to be one of personal one-on-one learning and quaintness. I encourage you to not wait to get signed up for this experience.

See you in Italy!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

My Heart Was Touched By An Angel......

when I received an unexpected phone call from an acquaintance.

As many of you know my mother passed two years ago the day after Thanksgiving. Well, yesterday I received a very unexpected phone call from one of her friends. I only met this friend a couple of times but I knew my mom thought a lot of her and truly valued their friendship. Her name is Norma.

She called me to let me know that she had been thinking of me and knew that the holidays were a difficult time for me. She wanted to let me know that she missed mom also. She shared some of the good times they had together with friends shopping, playing board games and bingo. She told me how my mom was always thoughtful and giving to those she knew were less fortunate than her or those who had no one. My mom would always make sure they got some little something for Christmas. One part that touched me deeply is that I knew my mom truly cared about others....especially children.

When I hung up the phone with tears welling in my eyes I said a "Thank You" to God as I needed that phone call. Norma was correct I do miss my mom a lot during the holidays and Norma is the Angel that touched my heart and I could see why mom called her "Friend"!

Thursday, December 24, 2009


Merry Christmas Family and Friends!

Thinking of all of you and the blessing you bestow on me by being there for me, giving me strength and love.

Days fly quickly for time waits for no one and every day is a precious gift.

As we celebrate the birth of the Christ Child and focus on the love and peace He brought to the world, please take time to call a friend or loved one.

I will be celebrating this Blessed of Days with family as will most of you. Many will not.

Remember those who are alone.
Remember the soldiers far from home.
Give thanks for all that you have
And remember those who have less.
Pray for peace.

Give those you love an extra hug and tell them how much you love and value them!

Merry Christmas to All and to All Peace, Goodwill and Love!