Happy Thanksgiving – It’s all about family given by Our Father …

Happy Thanksgiving - It's all about family

I’m on my way to Thanksgiving dinner. I have so much to be thankful for already. I am praying to remember this the coming year, as I forgot too much this past year!

I hope to begin my blogging again and finish a couple books I started awhile back!

I pray you’ll join me once again!

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

God Bless – Rick =)

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The New Year ? All gone?

I’ll see about a week to 10 days after November 9 I pray… Till then… Yet another delay … kinda an 8 week delay that’s an undeserved blessing which I’ve yet to understand …

I planned on writing Billy Graham on his birthday as I have been these past years. We both lost our wives years apart but a loss of a wife tends to bond one to another. Things are always unexpected, unplanned and a mixture of joy and sadness always to be sure.

Billy’s 98 this year I think and he fully expects to live to be 100 and I’m going to try to make it there for that birthday. I believe I’ll be there because this year I had my sixth heart attack third cancer and I just got out from my two vessel bypass! The doctor told me that I’ve got a 50 year warranty.

Just months ago I didn’t think I’d finish my book that God wanted me to write or so I thought ‘they’ guess I gave up. I was hoping maybe one of my children would finish it as my son has a talent for writing. It seems my daughter’s is starting to show up of late as well with that talent.

You see in truth I didn’t expect to see you 10 days after the elections as I expected to die as I was told 10 years ago if I had another heart attack or stroke it was Kaput!

Surprise! Life is truly full of them have most often amazing and happy ones.

I just stopped at the clinic here at Syracuse Assumption church and once upon a time middle school; more later. Anyway, doctor friend of mine Bethany mentioned she thought it was closing down because it was for sale. Turns out they’re moving over to the rectory and the priests are moving upstairs and the clinic is going in the main floor that’s a real surprise! Indeed I’m looking around me and my past years there’s been a lot of them which I failed to recognize and still do.

As I started to mention Billy is expecting to live 100 years and while at the clinic we spoke about my bypass and how God has been real good to me.

How can Billy Graham know and expect to live 100 years and I wonder what sister JP is going to live to and so the conversation went. We went from wondering how long were going to live, what we’re going to do like the one thief on the cross with jesus that says remember me when you get to your father!

I said I’m not worried about that at all because I know where I’m going. With a new heart I’m more concerned about finishing things now and doing them well, since I’m going to be late – being the procrastinator that I am and always figuring I had time but first I want to get a bigger house and a nicer car and a better job I was always missing the point.

A couple people there were shocked at best with my comment about knowing where I’m going and I’m going to heaven and I said I’m sure of it. If I died this past few weeks I knew Jesus was going to be really really disappointed in me too! Sadly, so very very ashamed that I didn’t pay attention to him first! He already promised me seek what I want you to do first and I’ll give you anything your heart desires – God doesn’t lie.

They said I’ve never never never heard of anybody saying that they knew where they were going!!! I can’t tell you the exact time and moment that I knew that but it probably began with believing what God said!

Obviously I’ve thought about this over the past couple days and through Christmas – Jesus’s birthday.

Granted I am and have been so ashamed of so many things and before worried of going to heaven or hell and worse!

We’re given the gift, the greatest gift of forgiveness and I didn’t understand that when I went to Assumption and for perhaps another 40 years and all we have to do is ask in earnest and again believe what God says. Pretty simple I think or thought until they told me I ain’t never heard that before! I only know of a couple before me that really got it from the start.

I can’t tell you how many times I went to confession and started with bless me father, but I knew I was going to collect from the parking meters come the next week … and a few other things I don‘t want to mention!

I was to learn more about being repentant much later being the main trick to forgiveness so to speak.

We can all get it and it’s free… It’s really free and the best Christmas present ever! I hope you’ll check it out and have a great year.

Thanks and God Bless! Rick =)

PS. I’m really nothing special except got adopted as God’s kid. Oh! That’s how I know where I’m going!

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Nanowrimo 2016

It was the end of May the last time I posted a blog. Things happen and my original piece will have to follow this and it is self-explanatory.

For all of you who’ve been so kind to me overall these many years it is appreciated often more than you know. So this is lead off for my November month of writing of this novel of sorts. You’re supposed to do it in a month and rough draft form, but I’ll tell you now that God had different plans.

What I have to tell you is I’ve continued to learn especially this last three years that he’s got a plan for me and all of your endeavors as well. I can promise you with my heartfelt thanks it will be better than you can or I can dream up.

It’s important to note that this ( ‘What you got to lose’ ) was a how to make money based on my experiences over the years. As I explore the situations in the multiple illnesses it once again occurred to me that God is in everything that we all do whether we are willing to admit it or not.

It’s an important book. I think so many of you will benefit from it or at least I hope so!

God wasn’t and hasn’t made it easy for me. I started the journey with Bell’s palsy and then vertigo and Bell’s palsy on the other side and more over the last several years. I’ve gotten up to six heart attacks and six strokes and several cancers of varying degrees I believe. But many of you guys never let go of me thankfully.

I hope and plan to continue and finish this book in a short time after November 9. It’s not to go another year if six months.

I’m thinking this works out as a nice blog entry too!

I’ll see you about a week to 10 days after November 9 I pray … Till then…

Thanks and God Bless! Rick =)

NB: This was written about 11/7 – apparently forgot to enter before entering the hospital – Unintentional mistake – rlc?

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Don’t Give Up! A comment for Daphne Delay


Ken RobinsonSadly sometimes it’s a continual fight that goes on too long! We have to replace or allow to replace the old unwanted man or behavior! It’s true that even when we immediately start the ‘new beginning’ as I call it! We have to start a NEW HABIT to replace the old.

Why? I don’t know except that it is a must!

Otherwise even after weeks or months and the more we start thinking (foolishly) … I’m miserable this week! It’s really bad and was it so bad before?

The truth is yes and then we start to rationalize, and head back to the swamp (alligators, pirana, malaria, and more) ! My thought is DON’T! We’ll still fall down but less and less as we get stronger and more successful than before!

However, I have physically gotten weaker and I do fall down more – truly! My doctor says I have to exercise more but I can’t … not yet, so I ask for help!

It’s always ok to ask for help! New beginnings are never failures unless we give up!

By the same token … sometimes they are easy if you work at them and you are following God’s lead!

I’ve had both. And you?

Let me and the readers know your experiences too! Help us all!

( http://mirrorministries.org/breaking-free-from-condemnation/#comment-1550 )

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Christmas Eve Thoughts – Part Three (3)


A long cold winter...with breaks of sunshine

A long cold winter…with breaks of sunshine

Written January 3, 2016

This week following ‘Christmas Eve’ gives all of us, I think, time to breathe and time to reflect on so many things!

On first thought we quickly think of the 1st! The New Year and I do enjoy “New Beginnings” – a phrase I coined in 1988; hence incorporated into my life way too many years ago!

Still the best time is this time where I can really reflect mostly on what things I did right and most importantly what new beginnings need to be made to make actions and decisions of last year better or throw away all together!

Perhaps the most important times are what happened in between each boring reflection of success or failure. That is the time we truly need to consider as being gifts of grace right from the throne of God! No kidding! It’s nice to get a yes for our proposal of any kind (good) and the successes and extra joys! Nevertheless they are here and gone! It’s the in between that seems to drag on. These are the times we so carelessly waste big time! Stop It!

These are the times we can rest, and really consider we do have time rather than telling our loved ones and everyone else … I can’t right now … I just don’t have time! Get outta my way! Again Stop It!

Soon the beginning of the New Year will be over and then it will be the rush to ‘celebrate’ Valentine’s Day and the next and the next … . Soon we shall prepare for Halloween in September and Christmas in November and then we’ll lose Thanksgiving … whatever that was?

Some wonder how all these successful people get things done and we can’t get our laundry finished and have to make Bologna sandwiches for supper … again! Why can’t we? We waste all those in-between moments I think.

Too much time planning rather than discover and move! ‘Just do it!’, as Nike advertised. That’s just one thought. What is yours? It often comes back to the question I always ask is “Who are you?” .

Boring is good! But only if we stop calling it bad! It’s always tied to attitude and perceptions …. . A better new beginning would be if we consider only good attitudes and for perceptions … Let’s call it looking on the brighter side! Yes yes, I know it seems corny and well worn, but why do you think that is? Simply because so many sayings became that way because they are true! Oh! Boring can be somewhere in between if you want it to be!

The last thoughts for the last year are what worked and what didn’t! Again it’s simple. There’s a scripture about confounding the wise or those who are filled with themselves with the truth.

What worked and what didn’t. What didn’t work? Was it a total flop or perhaps a late bloomer? Most times you don’t want to revisit that again, but sometimes we can be throwing out the baby with the bath water. I have a patent (invention) I should have put out there in another form but I didn’t. I may still and so for the last decade that hasn’t helped anyone! Not ONE!

Successes are just that! We are being promoted, expanding our families, staying healthy and our company is growing at a healthy pace !

However, know that a company doesn’t grow without exercise and trying new things! Neither do we or me or you?

That’s always my New year’s resolution and I work at making it every day for myself and each and every person I meet or hear about that I might be able to help! I think that’s been my main job right from the beginning. I work at keeping focus on no more than one thing at a time and no more than 3 altogether, until one is finished! Sadly, some I rinse repeat and wash again and again and realize this would make an awesome rag! Let’s move on!

The next is not to hold grudges and find forgiveness since without it, all can be lost!

From me to all of you praying and wishing for a wonderful New Year!

God Bless! Rick =)

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Christmas Eve Thoughts – Part Two(2)

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Written December 27, 2015

Christmas Eve is a very very active time for my mind, brain, soul and busy hands of the past!

How in H__l does this toy go together! Dammit, where are the instructions! As the years went by I sorta’ learned how to read Japanese, Chinese, Korean and finally dispense with the instructions all together! My natural gift of mechanical ability finally started to take over! Of course I expected awards and cheers … I settled for smiles, screeches and WOW’s. That was better!

However, as I grew up, I was terrible getting up in the morning … mainly for one reason I think that I used to remember. Now, after the years and illnesses I don’t recall so good!

That has been one of my most terrible habits … going to bed late and getting up late … Just that bad habit alone can really mess up your life! Trust me! How does that work for you? I’d like to hear that myself.

What started this bad habit of mine? Why do I still recall part of the cause on Christmas eve?

Sometimes now I can see glimpses … 1st early mass required only one server (alter boy) … I recall ‘old men’ smells. I wish I could get rid of that too! After 5 MI’s and 6 strokes I don’t think much more is going away. I still have nightmares and dreams about that and other times.

I always thought for decades, that everyone went through that in some form or another?

So you see, Christmas eve is a good time since we can make new decisions, and start new traditions and make promises to ourselves and future families as we go on! It is noted as one of , if not , the most joyous times of the year for many and sadly, for too many it is the time when hopelessness can creep in. Sometimes we remember that as well.

That’s why I always tell everyone to smile to everyone. It can bring in the light to chase away the darkness. I think that just might be the best New Years resolution. It costs little. We all own one. Each one is a special gift no one else can give. And it’s easiest to be given on Christmas and we’ll thank ourselves for it the rest of the year (others too)!

Come to think of it New Year’s Resolutions are overrated! I think by now we all knew or suspected that! I suspect we all come up with “I should’s” the whole year! Why don’t we start when we first think that “This or It” might be a good idea? I want to hear your opinion. It’s neither good or bad … it’s yours and you are important! Stop being afraid! What have you go to lose? Come to think of it, I’m writing a book by that title!

It is truly a work in progress since it has and is changing as it reaches completion. Funny, but that’s what each of us are! Someplace in the Bible is says that – Google that! I’m retired.

Now what have I or You left out?

Just maybe all this will help us find more happiness for you and me. Maybe we’ll discover new abilities and gifts to help each other! It happens as we go on to the next ‘ah ha’ moment. In fact it is this in-between series of moments that make up the successful breakthroughs that we have yet to find.

Just think about New Year’s Resolutions! New Year’s is celebrated all over this world albeit with different customs. Many cultures make resolutions of course. I ask you what are most of the US cultures doing?

Making lasting decisions perhaps should be with a clear mind and by persons that will remember them … Yes? Perhaps that’s why most New Years Resolutions at least around here fail?

So very long ago I found Peace, Safety, Comfort, Hope and Forgiveness on Christmas Eve. You’re welcome to join me anytime. I promise you can too!

There is one thing we have to remember. My wife got me this sign that says Don’t Quit! I’ve wanted to many times and yet I haven’t. None of the things we want or think we want come from quitting.

Actually, these are some of my favorite things on Christmas Eve. It just takes action, more action and repeated good actions after that! Oh, it starts with a good decision to begin with! There’s yet one more group of memories and thoughts I find worthwhile on Christmas Eve.

Care to learn more as I do? My last one for today is if I’m doing all the right things then why am I still looking for some secret that I believe is missing?

God Bless and see you in a bit! Rick =)

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Christmas Eve Thoughts

Written December 24, 2015

Classic Christmas girl  The Graphics Fairy

Classic Christmas girl
The Graphics Fairy

This blog post just might wind up a short story and that will be ok too~! You see Christmas eve has always been an important time in my life for my very own reasons. You too may have your own thoughts that night as well.

The first one I recall vividly has burned itself into my mind and can never be erased. Yes, seriously. It’s my warmest memory that I can ever have as Rick or Ricky?

It was in 104 Michaels Ave on the north side of Syracuse, NY (The salt city).

It was on the second floor there where I lived with my grandmother & grandfather, and always seemed cold there except in the summer.

The Christmas tree had so many colored lights in it. We had bulbs that looked like Street lamps, Santa Claus, Elves, Wreaths, Christmas trees; you only have to use your imagination to dream of many more and they’ll appear! I do and even after 50 years I find many more as time goes by!

With that there are mostly warm feelings each year with questions of wonder, but with sadness of what happened? The first year was very special though.

That first year was filled with amazing colors mixing on the white sheet to make new colors I’d never seen! Some of the bulbs had paint that had fell or chipped off and made many shapes forming some animals or memories of somewhere else I had been or was going to go!

Later on I often spent my time somewhere else alone with cousins, aunts and uncles and ‘friends of the family’. But the first night I was warm and safe and it still keeps me warm and safe today at least on that night!

I still believe Jesus or the Holy Ghost was there with me that very night, early morning. Sadly I can’t remember if I was 7 or 8 maybe. We had served midnight mass at Assumption. That doesn’t happen anymore there nor at many more similar churches like that. I also liked that night as people stayed up very late and the homes I could end up at were warm, but the trees were never as wonderful as mine that night.

I finally had decided that my Uncle Sam was my father actually. I called him Uncle Sam but wondered if I should let everyone catch on that I knew my dad was my grandfather actually.

Funny how young minds work. Funny how mine and maybe other’s work as we grow up.

Later that night Uncle Sam and I opened the most wonderful train set any kid could ever hope for! It’s orange and black diesel engine was incredible and so were the tunnels, box cars, log carriers, caboose along with all the little men and the other premier Lionel accessaries.

I ran it a bit and was told I could do it in the morning. Now … to bed! I asked if I could color a little before I went to bed. They said I could but no one came back so I stayed up so very late. Not sure how late of early it was but it was daylight when Sam woke me.

I’ll tell you a bit about my coloring that morning as I continue to explore Christmas eve.

Meanwhile I would love to hear about yours. Your special time can be whatever you most recall in detail and it doesn’t have to be Christmas eve! Honest!

I decided to write about this and it began me to think of what made others feel safe or happy or sad. What do you want and how can I best make or bring some happiness to each of you and the rest of us bring as well! What can we discover, or research to entertain you and increase your contentment. I still think we all have many many wonderful stories of a day or a week that filled us with joy or sadness. Perhaps a time when one of us would begin to laugh and couldn’t stop!!!

Sitting here 50 years later I missed too many things because I didn’t know and reading 10,000 books didn’t cover everything!

I believe each of us has answers for the other that will make our lives fuller!

Let’s sleep on it and come back a little later. OK? Both bad and good are to come but you know that I think.

God Bless and see you in a bit! Rick =)

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Legacy (s)

Don’t you think everyone wants to create a legacy that is uniquely their own! I do. I may be wrong, but there is always a first time!

Leave-The-Legacy-76Usually it’s for our kids and other loved ones. However, many have larger hopes, dreams and goals that include family and more. Take Steve Jobs, Warren Buffet, George Washington and I believe so many more lost in Paris just two weeks ago in that tragic and senseless massacre!

We think of building our legacy and grand ideas, but none of us know how long we have. I know God does but I can’t help you or myself about that. So what are we to do!!!

More and more I hear so very many knowledgeable and even foolish persons saying to us — START TODAY!

But are we listening? I don’t more often than not and I should! After all, I’ve had significant strokes, heart attacks and several cancers, but do I listen? I can only say I test God regularly, and figure I still have plenty of time. What kind of insanity is that?

I like what I think Steve Jobs said about thinking on what is really important on the day of forgiveness as to what is important?!

An extra $1,000 for a vacation, or spending time with a child … your’s or another’s to teach them or just help them smile? These are all gifts and can be part of your legacy too! Oh! Did I tell you that you can do these daily … not large but huge as you go on and I’d be proud of that legacy.

Perhaps having completed the sale of a patent or publishing another book might be your idea of a good legacy … it would be! Can you do it today?

This is the time of THANKSGIVING here in the states. Many are thankful of the kindnesses given to them by you whether it was a coffee or a mortgage payment and the list goes on! We can always do something as little as it may seem to you … may be incredible to another, but do it often. I believe Thanksgiving can be celebrated daily all over the world.

Even Kermit is Thankful!  (faust112670 Kermit)

Even Kermit is Thankful!
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So really you can start building on to your legacy right now! No muss no fuss (is that what one says?).

Help another discover a real Thanksgiving today! Of course, you build yet another part of your legacy! If I can help somehow, let me know. Perhaps join us here so we can help one another build your legacy! Many hands make light work!

Write your stories today for your loved ones, friend and yes … strangers! God Bless, Rick =)

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Don’t Quit!

Too much to do & see ... so there's eh door

Too much to do & see … so there’s one door …

Don’t give up! Perhaps it is what it is which is so often said. Never did like that saying, but after many years I think I am understanding it … sorta.

I also apologize to you simply because there were some topics you might have wanted to consider but I’ve been too busy with life! I had to take time to get rock solid permission for the last picture. I believed that if I didn’t get permission I was fearful the world would end! Mine at least! I was afraid plain and simple. My wife used to say you know too much, which makes you think too much! Finally, I agreed.

What do you believe or think and how do you process each and every thing? Do you have control over all the processes? Did you just fail miserably or just a little? How many times has this happened this morning? I hope a lot!

I think it means you’re busy living or trying to live! That’s good don’t you think?

We can’t do it all. There’s simply too much so pick!!!

Pick one thing and finish it despite whatever is in front of you that seems to be stopping you! Most of all tell fear you will do whatever it takes to make it happen over it’s dead body!

It will either hurtle you forward to experience joy and happiness, because you will succeed or fail! Either way, it’s behind you and you can take one step forward … Simon says so!

You’ve accomplished it and you know you’ll do it better the next time! Or, you’ve failed and now you know it doesn’t work that way but you’ve gained wisdom! I can promise you that both are satisfying! You can only lose if you quit!

I go through this so many times during the day. I want to quit or be lazy and think why bother!

My excuses are that I am really sick. I have a heart attack and then I am stuck in the hospital to have them recover me so to speak! I am depressed and I don’t think of it much … I just don’t want to do anything … ever been there? However we have life and we forget to be thankful for that gift! Each and everyone of us!

I discovered what depression really is. WE tell people to just get over it … WRONG! I really and truly wanted to go to heaven and be with my wife … I wanted to die because to be alive was not an option. I quit hundreds of times a day and yelled at God! I don’t care if you have something for me to do yet! That’s a lame excuse! You hear me!

Yet in between I have helped my daughter though she doesn’t see and I have helped my son and he sees. I have helped so many and that helps me. It is what I do and is one gift I have for anyone. Truly it helps me to help you. Is that selfish?

Why I am not dead today is a miracle! It’s also only by God’s grace – a gift. I have thrown so many gifts back at God and said no thanks! Get out of my life now!

Today I am so glad He ignored me! What about tomorrow?

My suggestion is Don’t Quit!

My wife gave me that sign before she died almost 20 years ago! I have to look at it almost every day but it helps me to remember you.

Sending smiles to you today! Rick

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Yom Kippur 2015

Israel Repenting

Israel Repenting

Yom Kippur is about many things with the stated first point as atonement. Atonement, like making restitution. Perhaps one could say reconciling with an individual.

I thought that for years like saying I am sorry and that takes care of it for the 237,000 times you hurt someone.

Do you remember all them?

Many of you who know me pretty well, often think I can be a bit off. My mind works differently than most people. Maybe because I have so many interests and talents.

I’m not bragging, but having been told that a lot over the years it’s possible. I think they might be right even though they all make fun of me and it’s ok!

One day a year we jews can be washed white as snow. Our memory of all wrongs and sins are sent away as far as the west is from the east. Who has promised us that? My God and His Son.

Who of us can make fun of God or would even dare. Heylel or Lucifer did even with all he knew?! What kind of lunatic would do that. Lucifer! He spent billions of years, perhaps trillions or more working in God’s service and with Him, so he knew God! I think he was perhaps the most foolish being that ever existed. He got kicked right out of heaven never to return.

Nope there were no do-overs for ‘him’. Yet according to the law we can be forgiven for everything. We get a do-over and get another chance this year.

Catholics per Rome, Christians and their versions; we can get do-overs weekly or daily even!

Have any of the Faiths really thought about that. What truth do we allow to sink in. I don’t think a lot and that says it all!

Saying ‘sorry’ doesn’t really cover it. Growing up as a Catholic I thought an act of contrition did it all … along with a 100 Our Fathers and 350 Hail Marys. I was a bad … bad boy.

I was an alter boy and wondering did I forget something? If I served Mass on Sunday would I be vaporized? No kidding I really did have these and many other thoughts. Looking back, I got a LOT OF DO-OVERS!

I wasted maybe a half million do-overs so far and never had anyone given me a reason to think what more could I do?

Teshuva a Hebrew word for Repentance. It was explained to me that what I was asking to be forgiven for meant nothing unless I was hell bent (sorry) on never ever doing it again. Not like fasting and after today or 6 weeks from now I could do it again … not a big deal. Right? Forever never occurred to me even after discovering I was supposed to repent (still working on figuring that out). Didn’t matter how much penance I did. It was what my heart decided.

As a Christian I can ask for forgiveness and be forgiven … every day! As a Jew I reap that benefit once a year? As a Jew I am comfortable with Yom Kippur because I really think about not doing whatever, really really seriously!

I may have hurt you but I sinned against G_D and HE gave me a do-over!

Blessing to all Faiths today and I hope your do-over is as wonderful as mine!

Thanks for listening and God Bless ! Rick

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