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One year anniversary for Evan Jr. who works diligently  to gain clients.

First annual appreciation night for Evan Jr. who works diligently to gain clients.

Thanksgiving baskets wrapped in a cloth tablecloth.

Thanksgiving baskets wrapped in a cloth tablecloth.

This basket includes a prayer.

This basket includes a prayer.

Aww Thanksgiving. The gratitude that fills your heart. I hope that this will not be a mushy post; but I may not be able to help it. This week, we watched our son entertain his first clients. Watching him work so industriously and try so hard filled us with pride. At work , I was stunned by the generosity of co-workers. The baskets that were delivered today were unique and brimming with joy. They all included turkeys, vegetables, pies, cranberry sauce, dressing, rolls and gravy. But some baskets were topped with pans to cook your turkeys, some with fresh flowers, some with prayers, others with turkey salt and pepper shakers and others wrapped with table clothes. Fifty seven baskets were collected each assembled with love and creativity. It was a huge emotional life to witness the giving spirit. We are not alone. We are each others brothers and sisters. Watching the volunteers take each basket to deliver to a family in need displayed the human spirit at it’s best. Thank you to you Lord for the gift of life, for having another Thanksgiving to share with my mom and dad. You know, every year just gets a little more sweeter. Amen.



Do what you love.

Fr. Brady prepares for the 4 o'clock vigil mass at Fox Run in OP

Fr. Brady prepares for the 4 o’clock vigil mass at Fox Run in OP

Do what you love and you will live your life with joy!! At age 95, Fr. Brady is doing just that. I have gotten acquainted with Fr. Brady at Fox Run in Orchard Park where he offers confessions and presides over the 4 0’clock vigil mass. You would never know he was 95. He started saying masses at Fox Run about 5 years ago when he would go to visit his younger sister who was a resident there. He wanted her to be able to attend mass and learned that Catholic mass was not offered. Fr. Brady changed that. Motivated to have his sister attend mass, he started weekly vigil mass in the community room. The mass has grown. It is filled every week with residents, friends and family. And I mean filled.

Fr. “Pat” Philip Brady was ordained December 18, 1943. This year he will be celebrating his 70th anniversary. 70 years as a priest! His first mass was at St. Mark’s RC Church (Dec.19, 1943) in Buffalo at 401 Woodward Avenue. It is the parish he grew up attending and the grammar school he graduated from. Off he went to do missionary work with the Columban Fathers to spread the gospel of the Lord. In the late 1950’s there were no opening for priests in Buffalo. You did not read that wrong. It is worth repeating. Buffalo had too many priests in the 1950’s!!  Fr.”Pat” Philip Brady was assigned the St. Margaret Mary parish in Shelton, CT. and spent 25 years serving as a diocesan priest.

You may wonder why I keep referring to Fr. Brady as Fr. “Pat” Philip. His birth name is Philip but no one has ever called him that. He has been Pat for as long as he can remember. A nickname. But just to make it legal; his ordination card which his niece Shelly carries in her wallet reads Patrick Philip Brady. They had to include Patrick because that is the only name he is known as and Philip because that is his legal name. Shelly is honored to carry his first mass card; he is a model. A model to all of us. The residents of Fox Run certainly appreciate the invaluable gift of attending mass.

If you want to send a card to Fr. Brady for his 70th anniversary to the priesthood send it to Orchard Glen, 6055 Armor Duells Road, Orchard Park, NY 14127.
Congratulations! Thank you for your faith and service.

Actual card for Fr. Brady's Ordination to the priesthood.

Actual card from Fr. Brady’s Ordination to the priesthood.

Easy Breezy Appetizer

White bean dip is simple, healthy and only 4 ingredients.

White bean dip is simple, healthy and you only need 4 ingredients.

America! How are tastes have changed! It’s not that I don’t love a handful of Ruffles in Bison chip dip, or taco dip, chicken wing dip or the ever famous spinach artichoke dip. I love them all. But hey, have you tried the White Bean Dip? It’s so easy. It’s good for you. It’s tasty. It’s cheap to make. It’s a bell ringer! Puree 1 (15 oz) can of white beans, 1 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, and 1 large garlic clove. Throw them in a food processor and that’s it. No cream cheese. No sour cream. No mayonnaise. No guilt. Is this too good to be true? Now, hang on. I had someone say it tasted really bland. Name withheld. Well, season it with salt and pepper and pass the seltzer water. This party season is going to feature baked pita chips over chips; and bean dip over blue cheese dip.

Walking your alpaca

Alpaca Walking your Alpaca in the Village of Hamburg

Crossing Buffalo Street in the Village of Hamburg NY this last Saturday, I saw a gentleman walking a strange but beautiful animal. Was it a llama? A standard poodle? A pony? No, it was a alpaca! I was introduced to Syd the Kid, a 2 year old male who had a face you could not resist. The gentleman was in town selling warm and soft alpaca socks and scarfs at the Farmer’s Market. It caught my eye. No doubt you have passed alpaca farms on road trips and have zipped right by. This cute alpaca lives in Eden NY and the farm offers tours. Such fascinating animals! I got a kick out of Syd even thou he has been known to kick. They don’t call him Syd the Kick, I mean Kid for nothing. If you are looking for soft and warm alpaca socks and scarfs; check out www.edenvalleyalpacas.com. Maybe you know of other alpaca farms. I wouldn’t mind the socks but I’m sticking to walking poodles.

Time For Breakfast

A favorite breakfast choice is  Panera.

A favorite breakfast choice is Panera.

You’ve heard the news; breakfast is the most important meal of the day. No question about it. Is there anything better than breakfast? My husband loves to go to Sophia’s and treats himself to the burrito wrap. My brother in law Paul adores pancakes and is a regular at the Original Pancake House. I myself am partial to the Mediterranean Egg White Sandwich at Panera Bread. I thought I would share this joy and asked our son Evan to join me for breakfast to get his review. I devour this little number. I assume it was low is calorie since it features egg white, spinach and sun dried tomatoes. Why bother checking the calorie count on the web site? Too much bother! Who cares? Oh wait, I will. Holy Ciabatta Bread with aged white cheese!; 410 calories and 140 grams of fat with 830 mg of sodium. Dang! Numbers folks. Just numbers. Going out to breakfast is a psychological lift. A positive way to start the day. Evan Jr. gave the sandwich a 2 thumbs up and even added a power smoothie to take on the day. Raise your coffee cups; Cheers! Here’s to a new day.


Sweet November. Day Light Savings makes waking up a little easier.

Good Morning! It’s the start of daylight savings and it’s time to take advantage of the morning light. There is nothing more satisfying in the morning then a walk with my husband and our dogs. Of course I asked him what was the best part of the morning was and he said ” kissing the dogs and the automatic timer on the coffee pot.” But, to see the sunrise, to see our dogs run off leash with no one around, to take in the beauty and promise of each new day, to have a loyal partner in life is an immeasurable pleasure. Have you been waking up a little earlier thinking–wow, I didn’t need an alarm clock? It’s nature telling you to take advantage of the morning light. I know I am at a position in my life where the kids are older, that I have a built in walking partner who walks ten paces in front of me, and dogs that virtually do back flips when we say the word “park”. But even if you are not in the position to leave the house you can always show your family your love by your actions. If you wake up a little earlier, a little housework goes a long way. If I were a contestant on the “Family Feud” and was asked “the top 5 answers to the question; name the best things in life that are free” I would say – being alive, finding true compatibility with your spouse, the ability to walk and breathe, and the beauty of nature. An early morning walk is blessing for the whole day. Cheers.

The promise of a new day.

The promise of a new day.



Do You Want To Call Your Dogs? Pull Out A Receipt.

“Spot Players Can Win The Game”


Hank Mattimore

The important thing is to discover your unique contribution – and fulfill it. Remember Spot players can win the game!

Today dear readers, I would like to introduce you to my Uncle Hank Mattimore. He is my dad’s youngest brother and no doubt you will hear more about him in upcoming blog posts. He’s a writer. I enjoy his stuff. He just wrote a post about knowing your place here on earth. That’s a big gulp. (thank you 7-11). You see each of us was created with a unique combination of personality, talents, timing ,DNA, circumstances, and chances. Please read the take Uncle Hank has on this.

“ Spot Players,” Subs and Coming Off the Bench

     My brother Dan and I were reminiscing the other day about Dan’s high school basketball career. My brother’s role on the team was to be the “spot man.” Dan’s defensive skills were modest at best and he was not known for the spring in his legs or his speed, so he was not a first stringer. But man, the kid could shoot. Give Dan a clear shot and it was good for two points. So, when the team was down a couple of points and needed a shot in the arm, the coach would call on Dan. Invariably, he would oblige  SWISH!  A basket for our team.
     Our conversation got me thinking about the roles we play in our lives, Few of us are called to wear the mantle of super stars, whether it is in politics or sports or the entertainment business. We are destined to be bit players in life’s drama. We may as well face it; our demise when it comes will not grab headlines in the media. Headlines are reserved for the JFK’s or Martin Luther King’s or the Brad Pitt’s of our day.
     Yet, like a spot player on the basketball court or a bit player in a movie, the parts we play are important. I recall a high school teacher saying to me “You have a gift for writing. Use it.” I doubt if he remembers the moment when he said that to a boy struggling with his own self-esteem and how much that mattered to me.
     On another occasion, a “spot player” entered my life in the person of an older Afro-American woman. I was grabbing a pizza at Union Station waiting for the train. The tables were all taken so I asked a young man if he would mind sharing his table. He agreed and just before we began scarffing down our pizzas, the black lady asked if she could join us. “Sure no problem,” we said. But before we could began to eat, the lady, a complete stranger, asked us to wait a moment. Spreading out three paper napkins in front of us, she bowed her head and said a prayer. We waited politely until she finished. Then she turned to us and said with a warm smile, “Gentlemen, now we can dine.”
     I was impressed by the way this lady turned the prosaic act of downing a pizza into something sacred. She went out of her way to share this meal with a couple of people she had never met and would probably never see again. She, as it were, came off the bench to teach us a valuable insight, one that has stayed with me all my life. She had her moment with a couple of strangers and played the role to perfection.
      As the years have gone by I have come to believe that the Divine Director has a role for us to play. The world is still in the process of creation and we are in the cast. For most of us, we have only a bit part but, as any good director will tell you, bit parts done well can make or break a production. Spot players can win a game.
Hank Mattimore