June 12, 2019

"It's $7.99," the cashier at the take-out food store said to me.

I gave her eight dollar bills for the food and said, "Okay," and proceeded to leave without waiting for the one-cent change and my receipt. "Okay," she replied, not bothering to offer me my change.

One...

We were paying for our order of coffee and donuts at a Dunkin Donuts fast food restaurant somewhere in Orlando, Florida, when the man behind the cash register said: "It's okay.  It's on me." He had a smile on his face.

"You are kidding, right?" I said. 

"No, I...

After Mother's Day

"We don't have a baby in the house anymore,"  Maria had several times told me in a nostalgic tone. Our youngest grandchild is old enough to go to school.

"Why, do you want to have a baby in the house at this stage of our lives? But why?" I  asked.

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     A Mother's Day Tribute to Mom

For over a year now, it has been no longer possible for me to make a single genuflection (bending a knee to touch the floor) as called for in some church practice and liturgies. My knee can go only halfway unless I make a lab...

The other day, when my wife opened the front door, she saw a  plastic grocery bag containing a loaf of banana bread and a small piece of paper on which is written: "Peace Offering. I placed flowers on flower bed. OK. PS.   Hope we can always be brothers in Christ. I lo...

My wife and I have a new pastime or means of entertainment. It's bird-watching (and feeding) at home. We both enjoy waiting for birds to alight on our deck and observing them as they feed on bird seeds that we make sure are always there.

So far, we have seen cardinals w...

"It's all covered," the waitress serving my wife and me at a late lunch the other day in a Korean restaurant said when I asked for our check. 

"What do you mean?" I asked.

"Your meal has been paid for," she answered.

"By whom?" I was surprised.

"It's been pa...

This morning I immediately jumped out of bed after my sleep was interrupted by what I thought was a single ring of our doorbell. When I  opened the door, there was no one there, so I  went back upstairs. Soon after, I heard the alarm of a car, and when it stopped, I th...

April 28, 2019

There were some instances in the recent past when two close family members and a friend joined us, each one on a separate occasion, for a meal and did not make the Sign of the Cross with us to start the prayer before meals.  They, of course, did this when they were sti...

April 25, 2019

“My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”

This is an anguished cry of a person being forsaken by God, of a person whose complaint, or prayer, has not been heard. A cry that makes him feel ignored, rejected, and therefore being isolated and alone.

But wait, is it not f...

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