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What’s in YOUR Sup(p)er Bowl?

Posted by John on 4 February 2017 | No responses

As we eagerly await the Super Bowl clash between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots, it’s also time to get all of the snacks and recipes ready.

Among everyone’s favorites for snack bowls are nachos, sliders and guacamole. Then, of course, there’s chili, and the Food Network offers 20 steaming hot chili recipes, perfect on a chilly night anywhere.

The No. 1 fan favorite in the U.S. for Sunday’s big game, however, is wings! Hopefully, that’s a good omen for our Atlanta Falcons for them to Rise Up!

So chill out, enjoy the Super Bowl, and your Sup(p)er Bowl of snacks and recipes.


Did Phil Have it Made in the Shade Today or Did He Get His Day in the Sun?

Posted by John on 2 February 2017 | No responses

Today Punxsutawney Phil, the prognosticator, poked out his proboscis, predicted plenty of more cold precipitation,* and proceeded to prepare for a ground hog’s (or marmot’s) predilection to propagate au printemps.

Whether or not you have faith in Phil’s foreseeable weather, it’s always fun to try to fathom if our fair-weather friend has figured out the forecast to a fair-thee-well.

For more furry and funny facts about Phil’s family, follow this link.


*(Six more weeks to be exact!)

Church Arch-itecture

Posted by John on 18 January 2017 | No responses

Recently, the Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, celebrated Mass at our parish–the Catholic Church of St. Ann–in order to bless the new columbarium, a structure built with niches that contain the cremated remains of the deceased.

A bishop is appointed to oversee and exercise authority over a particular territory called a diocese. Each diocese is then divided into local parishes. As the head of 167 parishes, Archbishop Gregory has frequent occasion to attend various festivities at these churches as a guest of honor, seated at their respective daises.




The Race is Over

Posted by John on 3 January 2017 | No responses

Regretfully, I have decided to apply an eraser to my other blog––not because I no longer love the home of my ancestry, nor because I no longer savor driving along the unique peninsula.

Quite the contrary, I’ve had a lot of fun promoting my book, Pit Stops, Pitfalls & Olive Pits through my blog about Italian food, culture, music ,art, sports, cities, towns, mountains, lakes and and seas. By now, however, I’ve broadcasted my travel memoir to just about all of my friends, family and associates. So, the time has come to dedicate more effort to other writing ventures.

I hope you’ve enjoyed connecting with all things Italian, and that you’ll pardon the erasure of


O Come, All Ye Faithful…

Posted by John on 23 December 2016 | No responses

The beloved Christmas carol, “O Come, All Ye Faithful”  has been attributed to various authors, with the earliest copies of the hymn bearing the signature of 18th century author, John Francis Wade. The music was composed by fellow Englishman John Reading in the early 1700s.

Credit for the hymn lyrics (originally Adeste Fideles in Latin) also go to St. Bonaventure in the 13th century, King John IV of Portugal in the 1600’s, as well as to certain orders of monks, i.e.,  Cistercian, German, Portuguese and Spanish orders.

The text has been translated a myriad number of times, but the most used version today is the English one,  “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” credited primarily to Frederick Oakley (1802–1880) even though he originally had entitled the song: “Ye Faithful, approach ye.”


O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant!
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;
Come and behold Him
Born the King of Angels:
O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation,
Sing, all ye citizens of Heaven above!
Glory to God, glory in the highest:
O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

Yea, Lord, we greet thee, born this happy morning;
Jesus, to thee be glory given!
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing!
O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.


More of Clement Moore

Posted by John on 11 December 2016 | No responses

‘Twas not a creature stirring on Christmas Eve;
Not even a mouse under any house eave.

When out on the lawn there arose such a matter,
I sprang from my bed as I grew all the madder.

Away to the window I flew like a flash, all a-shudder;
Then threw up the sash after opening the shutter.

When what to my wondering eyes should appear but Santa Claus;
And eight tiny reindeer, prancing about on their cloven claws.

He was dressed all in fur trimming his bright red suit,
and his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.

On his back, a bundle of toys stuck out, e’en a bicycle pedal.
Opening his pack, he looked like he was about to peddle.

Laying a finger aside of his nose, giving a nod, he arose up the flue,
Sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle and like the down of a thistle away they all flew.

But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove his steeds like a knight:
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night.”

With credits owed to Clement Moore for this ode.

That’s Par for the Course

Posted by John on 23 November 2016 | No responses

My brother-in-law, Charlie, is in town for Thanksgiving, so I included him when our men’s golf group from church took to the links yesterday at Cobblestone Golf Course in Acworth.

It has a Four Star rating by Golf Digest, a spot on the (2011, 2012, 2013) “Top 100 Courses You Can Play” by Golf Magazine, and “2011 Best Municipal Courses in The U.S.” by Golfweek. The course was in great shape, even though we did have to sit out a one-hour frost delay.

This challenging, 18-hole venue along the shores of Lake Allatoona took its toll on just about everyone, but every few holes, or so, Charlie and I were able to tear into one and each smack a good drive. That’s the good news.

Trying to hit off the many mounds and out of the deep bunkers, and having to putt on Cobblestone’s large, multi-tier greens, was nearly impossible, however, as I personally experienced the old golf adage: ‘Drive for show; putt for dough.”

I won’t be shedding a tear if we don’t return to that course anytime soon.

Trump Election Firsts

Posted by John on 10 November 2016 | No responses

The recent election of Donald Trump as President-elect set a precedent as he was chosen to be the country’s first to enter the Oval Office without any political OR military background. Not to mention, none of the others who preceded him had a reality television show. You might even say he’s now “the apprentice.”

In addition, Trump, at age 70, will become the oldest to enter the White House. With a net worth of $3.7 billion, he is also the wealthiest elected Chief Executive.

Like all of the other U.S. Presidents since Franklin Roosevelt, Trump will soon be measured upon what he accomplishes during his first 100 days in office, as he must determine what takes precedence under his administration.

Meanwhile, the country will need to get ready to sound the trumpets and strike up the military band to play “Hail to the Chief” on Inauguration Day, January 20, 2017.

How to Acquire New Words for Your Vocabulary

Posted by John on 5 November 2016 | No responses

I may be preaching to the choir here, but you’re never too old nor too young to add to your list of vocabulary words, and crossword puzzles are a great source to acquire them.

Yesterday I got stumped while trying to complete the Wall St. Journal Saturday Crossword Puzzle. It’s a great challenge, especially if you can accomplish it without the use of Google or a dictionary. The clue called for a 6-letter answer as such: “There are 20 in a ream.” Inquiring minds want to know…

One-twentieth of a ream of paper is a quire, so the answer was quires.

As a teacher once told me a long time ago, use a word three times and you own it.

P.S. As my wife was completing a word game (Red Herring) on her phone this morning, guess what word popped up out of nowhere: yep…quire.


Siri: When is the First Game between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians?

Posted by John on 24 October 2016 | No responses

Folks, this is serious: either the Cubs or the Indians will make not just baseball history this next week or so, but it will also be a slice of Americana. As most fans already know, the Cubbies haven’t WON a World Series since 1908, nor have they even played in one since 1945.

Meanwhile, the Indians last Major League Championship occurred in 1948. Both teams have been serial losers for decades.

Fox Sports will televise the games, starting Tuesday evening, October 25th at 8:00 p.m. Eastern, while MLB.TV will stream the baseball extravaganza.

Finally, you can also listen to the Series on ESPN Radio, or on the following SiriusXM station: SXM 80.

BTW, did you know that Cubs star first baseman, Anthony Rizzo has his own cereal called RizzO’s, available exclusively at all participating Jewel-Osco stores in Chicago? A portion of the proceeds benefit the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation, which raises money for cancer research, and provides support to children and their families battling the disease.