Je t’aime


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Growing up I thought my family was rich. My father was a prominent, highly respected leader in our community whose picture frequently appeared in the local papers chairing a social committee, soliciting funds for a charitable cause, or spearheading a civic initiative. Also, each year when the Christmas contributions were […]

History and Horoscopes


Memorial Service Program Mass of Christian Burial Edward O’Connell Our Lady of Lourdes Church December 23, 2016 10:30 A.M. Rev. Gary Tyman, Presider Nancy DeRycke, Pastoral Associate   Prelude                                       Les Miserables Finale Entrance Hymn                           Morning Has Broken, RS# 859 First Reading                              Sirach                                                    Edward O’Connell, Jr. Psalm                                          Psalm 27; RS […]

A Last Loving Tribute


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Looking back over the past year, I see God’s hand in preparing us for what we are experiencing at this very sad and special time. Last New Year’s Eve, Ed’s birthday, our son drove us to New Jersey where we had a fabulous dinner with my brother Bob and his […]

Christmas Letter 2016



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THERE IS NO TREATMENT.   THERE IS NO CURE.   IT WILL GET WORSE. The words pounded like a gavel pronouncing sentence.  My voice was mute but a silent scream echoed in my ears.  NO! – NO! – NO! We are not ones to sit idly by and meekly accept defeat.  We […]

The Gift


Last week I had a routine visit with my cardiologist where I learned the results of  blood tests that were taken the week before. All of the readings were right on target:  cholesterol, both good and bad; triglycerides; blood pressure, etc.   The doctor was pleased, and of course so was […]

Weighty Conflict


The Catholic Church celebrates the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary on its traditional fixed date of September eighth, nine months after the December eighth celebration of her Immaculate Conception, as the child of Saints Joachim and Anne. The circumstances of the Virgin Mary’s infancy and early life are not directly […]

Happy Birthday Mary



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The invitation arrived in the mail in early spring:  Please join us for your induction into the Golden Raider Society in recognition of the 50th anniversary of your graduation from Rutgers University – Newark.   Because of distance we did not attended, but we did celebrate because it was more than […]

Student Prince


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Tomorrow, August 12th, would have been Mom’s 98th birthday.  Even though she is no longer with us in person, we will be celebrating because she is  always in our hearts; and we know that now together, after a forty-nine year separation, she is having a very happy birthday with her […]

My Mother’s Hands


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There is a calendar on the desk in my writing office with a saying for each day of the year.  Its theme is “Words That Warm the Heart” Quotes by Women for Women.  Some are from scripture, some from literature, and each one is sweet and inspirational.  I enjoy reading […]

Message from Mom



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I am currently working on the chapter of the Book that deals with lessons I learned from my Father—there were many.  Most of what I am writing comes from my own memories, but while going through the newspaper articles found among my “buried treasure” –the craft paper to which they […]

Good Citizenship