Is there a Santa?

To Giovanni: This is the first of many mornings for the rest of your life that you will be called on to wake up and believe. To believe in that which all evidence, precedent and rational thought tells you is not true. Is there a Santa? Well, what I can tell you is that, no, … Continue reading Is there a Santa?

The Power of Sitting Still

And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.” —Roald Dahl Winter has surely hit here. It's no Chicago winter, which is what I grew up with. But compared to … Continue reading The Power of Sitting Still

Instead of Stuff: The Gift of Story

Along with still too many gifts under the tree, my kids woke to find an orange in their stocking on Christmas morning. It was my reminder to them that we have everything we need. See, my dad grew up on a rural farm in Italy, where his sole Christmas gift each year was an orange. … Continue reading Instead of Stuff: The Gift of Story

Instead of Stuff: The Gift of Time

We just got back from a two-hour hike. This was my family's gift to me. Because the one thing I need, the only thing I need, is time. Time to relax. Time to reflect on the goodness in my life. Time to just be with the people I love—free from the stress of thinking about … Continue reading Instead of Stuff: The Gift of Time

Instead of Stuff: The Gift of Experiences

My dear family really, really wants to get gifts for us. I understand. Since we're a close family, and we live in different parts of the country, giving gifts to each other is a gesture to demonstrate that we are with each other in spirit on Christmas morning. So each year around Halloween (yes, Halloween), … Continue reading Instead of Stuff: The Gift of Experiences

Instead of Stuff: The Gift of Family Traditions

I debated whether we should get a Christmas tree this year. For about five seconds. I don't like the concept of cutting down a living tree. And a few years ago, I did look into alternatives like renting one or buying one in a pot. They were both really expensive, and the rented one had … Continue reading Instead of Stuff: The Gift of Family Traditions