Hold on to moments of familiarity (Q30)

I often find myself overcome with an unshakable feeling of familiarity. It happens to lots of people, but I usually become fixated on finding an explanation. A place I have never been before, a conversation about a topic that I have never discussed, the aroma of a flower that I have never seen, a building that…

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Grateful for Grated Cheese (Q28)

I love to eat! So much so that I tell everyone that I am a fat guy stuck in a smaller guy’s body… the SlimFatFoodie. I eat food, blog about it, photograph it… I always seem to be indulging in something or planning what is next up on the menu. The funny thing is as…

Step out from behind the lens (Q26)

I usually take tons of pictures. It is so easy to snap one after another in this day and age. We don’t develop film anymore, we don’t have to wait to see how a picture turned out, and we don’t have to worry about how many clicks we have left until the last photo has…

Walk like a fearless child (Q21)

The scene from my grandparents’ house in the mountains in Italy is breathtaking. During the day you can see all the hills, valleys and fields in the distance. If you tripped you would probably roll for a mile. At night the moon looks as if it were close enough to hit with a rock. One…

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…

A goat smells like goat (Q14)

When I was little I used to spend time in Italy with my grandparents. I was a big trouble maker, so it’s hard to believe how anyone put up with me. If I have a child that tries to pull the stuff that I did growing up… I may go bonkers. I recall one time…

Open your ears to the clouds (Q13)

There is a gentle breeze in the air. The pine tree is slowly dancing to the sounds of leaves blowing in the wind. A bumble bee buzzes by; flying from plant to plant in search of whatever it is that might tickle his fancy. Grapes hang from their vine waiting to ripen. The leaves of…

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.…