I pray that the future inhabitants of Apt. #4 will know great joy and peace. May it be the home for you that it was for me.
Two weeks short of his 58th birthday, Dan Parrillo was big in body, but even bigger in heart – and until his last breath, his Lord and his church were the great love of his life, the spring from which all the rest flowed.
To have this example in my life through my formative years is one of the greatest gifts I’ll ever receive, and I can honestly say that, if there weren’t a Danny in my life, there wouldn’t be a Whispers, either. From the stories he told, the larger-than-life presence he brought to them, to his spirit of prayer, his contagious joy, warmth, oft-biting humor (but with the palpable undercurrent of affection always evident) and, most of all, his commitment to the good people he served, always with great love, and often at great sacrifice. All of it, and experiencing it all at close range for a decade and more, became my master-course in the art of churchmanship and what, at its sincerest, most exemplary core, it means to be a believer, to be a Catholic, to be a leaven in the world, and that taking on the work can only begin it by living it out oneself.
And a camera phone field shot:
Earlier this month, Michael Glabicki, the front man of Pittsburgh's own Rusted Root, played a solo gig here in New York. I'm sorry to say I missed the show.
But, in honor of the occasion, above is a very good YouTube spoof of Rusted Root's biggest hit "Send Me On My Way". (I'm guessing these talented folks are on an Aircraft Carrier.)
I saw this clip today after checking out another sent to me from by cousin, Casey Braunstein Colby, from where she and her family live in Germany. It's of the first solo bike ride by her son, Pierce. Way to go, Pierce! Keep riding!
I'd bet serious money one of these guys runs for Congress before too long.
I was reminded of the Romney brothers by yesterday's dust-up from a question to Governor Romney over the fact that none of his sons have served in the military (vis-a-vis his support for the Iraq War).
RE the blogs of GOP presidential contenders, John McCain's blog is boring. Hardly any pics at all.