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who he was.


i remember my dad standing right here 

when i was 2 years old

 we lived in chicago

 he was so young

just starting out in his career

i remember the bar in our basement 

climbing up into the stools

the candle wrapped in netting

the straw hats on the wall

and i remember 

he loved to be the life of the party. 

“it doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.”

-anne sexton

happy father’s day to all 

Life is either a great adventure or nothing. Helen Keller



got a message from my good friend’s husband.

seems he’s taking 12 of us on a mystery trip to celebrate her milestone birthday.




he said, ‘pack your bags, and we’ll all meet at the airport.’



he said, ‘you won’t have to worry about a thing, it’s all taken care of.

your part is just to get some days off of work.’

Roll up, roll up for the mystery tour. Roll up, roll up for the mystery tour. 

Roll up (and that’s an invitation), roll up for the mystery tour. 

Roll up (to make a reservation), roll up for the mystery tour. 

The magical mystery tour is waiting to take you away, 

Waiting to take you away. 

Roll up, roll up for the mystery tour. 

Roll up, roll up for the mystery tour. 

Roll up (we’ve got everything you need), roll up for the mystery tour. 



where are we going?, i wondered.



i imagined we might be going to chicago, where i was born, and just a few hours away.




it’s a bit chilly there in the winter, but always so much fun.


“The Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon, center, exits the water during the Chicago Polar Plunge, Sunday, March 2, 2014.

A few weeks ago, newly-minted Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon invited Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to be a guest on the show. The politician responded on Twitter, agreeing to stop by the Tonight Show if Fallon in turn agreed to participate in Chicago’s Polar Plunge — an annual dip into freezing Lake Michigan to benefit the city’s Special Olympics.

Fallon agreed, and this morning, he made good on his promise. Both Fallon and Emanuel plunged into the slushy 32-degree water — the comedian wearing a suit and tie and the politician sporting some kind of wetsuit. Fallon had asked his fans to wear neckties in solidarity.


he said, ‘and bring your passport.’ 

imagine my shock and awe when i found out we are going to the dominican republic instead.

it’s a bit warmer there in the winter, and sure to be a lot of fun too.



  local dominican celebrity host, exits the water of the caribbean,

no neckties needed.

i see my path, but I don’t know where it leads.

Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it. – Rosalia de Castro


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songwriters: LENNON, MCCARTNEY, Magical Mystery Tour lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC