Treat everyone like family (Q16)

My uncle was a laid back happy-go-lucky guy. Nothing ever looked like it bothered him with a smile on his face all the time… even when he was sick. It is true that I did not know him as well as I could have, but I did know him well enough. Well enough to know…

Cancer’s cancer (Q15)

Think back to a time when you received bad news. I am not talking about the grocery store running out of your favorite creamer, or having to wait 3 months for your new phone to come in the mail. I mean legitimate bad news. You get a lump in your throat; eyes start to well;…

One man can move a mountain side (Q12)

There are times when we feel compelled to stand up for something, but discouraged because we are only one person.  What can one person really do? Is it worth standing up at the risk of having our legs swept out from under us? Can one person move a mountain? My father’s family is from a…

Generosity ripples through generations (Q10)

With some discouraging news having come up last week, 52Quarters has not been top of mind. As such, I will have two shorter posts this week (1 to make up for last week and 1 for this week). There are always lots of stories shared at the dinner table… some sticking out more than others.…

Enjoy the journey and savor each milestone (Q9)

I originally started this blog for the same reason I have ever done anything in life… the idea got stuck in my head.  I wanted to share stories to connect with other people. I wanted to drive people to reflect on their own stories and realize the lessons from each of their own. It has…

A little bird can change your perspective (Q8)

When I was little I spent quite a bit of time in Italy with my grandmother. I did lots to keep myself occupied (collected giant snails, rode a bike without brakes down the mountain side, climbed hay bales, and a number of other things that got me in trouble). I never went looking to get…

Hold your siblings close (Q6)

I was sitting at work when I got word that the brother of an old friend of mine had been in a fatal car accident. When you hear these things on the news they never seem to hit home, this was different. I searched for the story online and found myself unable to peel my…

A smile can tell a story (Q5)

No need for words. I find myself staring in the mirror studying different variations of a smile. A forced smile, staged smile, fake smile, sad smile, sneeky smile, smirk and so on. This is not a hobby of mine, but on this particular day I was drawn to the simple complexity of a smile and…

Hang on every word to catch little lessons (Q4)

Time will surely loosen your grip. This past weekend was my cousin’s 1st birthday party. As I get older it feels like there are fewer times when the whole family is together, so I cherish the time spent with them. I was happy to see my Uncle Frank there. I feel like I have seen…