Big day today! Mother’s Day!
The person who knows us best.
My mother was unique. Then, I assume all mothers are.
She was born in Italy. The last of eight children. The first girl. The previous seven boys. Her parents felt fortunate they finally had a daughter. They named her Fortunata, Italian for Fortune.
She came to the U.S. at an early age. Never made it beyond the third grade. At 9, she was working 16 hours a day in a shoe factory in New York.
Move swiftly ahead.
I had become a lawyer. A successful one. On my drive home after work, I would stop to see my mother. She was always ready for me. A bottle of Beefeaters and a glass filled with ice on the kitchen table.
We would sit and talk. About nothing and everything. My day. The kids, her grandchildren. My father. Whatever moved us at the moment.
She could tell when I had something on my mind. What is the problem, she would ask. I would share and this woman with only a third grade education generally in her own way had a solution.
She has been gone more than 30 years. Missed! A day has not gone by when I have not thought of her.
On the wall opposite my desk, her painting hangs. She is in my face several times a day. I talk to her frequently.
I wish she could talk back.
Spent yesterday afternoon writing this week’s KONK Life column which publishes wednesday. Black Caesar…..Keys Pirate. Interesting. Big pirate back when. One of the biggest. His story.
Finally got out of the house last night. Catherine took pity and picked me up. We dined at the bar at Berlin’s.
Bria Ansara not singing. Home sick. Laryngitis.
Sloan’s daughter hosting. Always a warm greeting.
Catherine told me about a site I should take a look at. I did this morning. I am going to share it with you. Absolutely terrific! https://youtu.be/580dYcYneA.
The man Randy Rainbow. A humorous pundit.
Remember Sound of Music? How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria……He sang it with North Korea in place of Maria. While dressed as a nun.
Pouring this morning. As it did yesterday morning. Then, the rest of the day beautiful. Hopefully, it will be the same today.
Donna and Terri have promised to come get me and take me to Hot Dog Church later this afternoon.
I am a lucky man. Surrounded by loving women who want to care for me. Lesbians included.
I am a Manhattan College grad. As is John Reinke. John writes a weekly blog re Manhattan graduates. Titled Jasper Jottings. A slew of information.
This morning’s blog mentioned Japanese bus drivers. They are on strike. Striking differently, however. They have kept driving. The difference, they refuse to take fares.
There is an eloquence associated with great men. I read somewhere that Lincoln would not have been a great President without the Civil War and slavery. Churchill without World War II. Roosevelt without the Great Depression and World War II.
Whatever the reason, permit me to share examples of eloquence.
The bombs were falling all over Europe. Churchill elected Prime Minister. He said, “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat…..Victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of terror, victory however long and hard the road may be.”
Franklin Delano Roosevelt upon taking office and facing the Great Depression: The “only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” His address to Congress asking for a declaration of war following the bombing of Pear Harbor: December 7, “a day which will live in infamy.”
Psychics everywhere. Key West included. Not all for real. Some dishonest.
New York’s Psychic Zoe, aka Ann Thompson, is a self-proclaimed clairvoyant. Arrested. Charged with fortune telling fraud.
Took 2 victims/clients for $800,000. One for $740,000, the other $72,000. Each began with a $5 charge. The victims were plied with things like never being able to love again if the victim did not continue with the clairvoyant. Clearly chicanery. Clearly a fraud.
I feel sad for the gullible who satisfied an emotional need by succumbing to the lies in this instance of a fortune teller.
A psychic worth $800,000 should have been able to see her investigation and arrest coming and avoided it. What happened?
I am amused by North Korea making all these concessions prior to the actual meting between the two leaders. The most recent is North Korea has invited foreign journalists (including U.S.) to be in North Korea May 23-25 when North Korea dismantles its nuclear test site.
Query: What about the nuclear warheads, etc. which North Korea already has? I doubt Jung-Un will destroy them. In fact, I guarantee he will not.
Then what is Trump going to say? He has told us constantly that he is firm in the total denuclerization of North Korea. Which includes nuclear weapons North Korea already has.
Hurricane season around the corner. Begins June 1. At a time we are not yet finished with recovery work from Irma. Lets hope this will be a hurricane free season.
If you have not read Irma and Me, please do. It will provide the opportunity to understand what happens prior to, during and following a hurricane. My book combines humor and tragedy. Available at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.
Enjoy your Sunday!