49a-Father’s Day, June 18, 2017

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“Freedom from Fear” by Norman Rockwell (1943)
Public Domain.  NARA Archives, Washington, D.C . via Wikimedia Commons (see Resources for link)

This coming Sunday, June 18th, 2017 is Father’s Day in the U.S.  We remember the patriarchs of our family lines, the fathers of our ancestors and the fathers of our ancestresses.  We thank you for the strength, dedication, hard work, commitment and love you gave your families.

 “Silent Strong Dad”
by Karen K. Boyer

He never looks for praises
He’s never one to boast
He just goes on quietly working
For those he loves the most
His dreams are seldom spoken
His wants are very few
And most of the time his worries
Will go unspoken too
He’s there…. A firm foundation
Through all our storms of life
A sturdy hand to hold to
In times of stress and strife
A true friend we can turn to
When times are good or bad
One of our greatest blessings,
The man that we call Dad.

The Fathers of Our Family Lines

Serrapede Family

Luigi Serrapede
Sabato Serrapede
Gennaro Serrapede
Vincenzo Ruocco
Antonio Pappalardo
Nicola Pappalardo
Alessandro Patella
Sabato Serrapede

Muro Family

Nunziante di Muro
Pietro di Muro
Gaetano Ruocco
Nicola Ruocco
Luigi Serrapede
Aniello Scotti
Francesco Scotti
Carmine Scotti
Giuseppe di Giaimo
Francesco di Giamo
Nicola Muro

Aiello Family

Angelo Aiello
Alessandro Bartolotta
Vincenzo Aiello
Angelo Aiello
Eugenio Pujia

Remembering you with love,

–Sabbatino Serrapede, Jr.
–EmilyAnn Frances May


 

Resources

“Freedom from Fear” by Norman Rockwell, 1943
Wikimedia Commons
Public Domain
National Archives and Records Administration Identifer 513538
Record group: Record Group 44: Records of the Office of Government Reports, 1932 – 1947 (National Archives Identifier: 373 )
Series: World War II Posters, compiled 1942 – 1945 (National Archives Identifier: 513498 )
NAIL Control Number: NWDNS-44-PA-77
44-PA-77
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:The_Four_Freedoms_by_Norman_Rockwell

familyfriend poems
“Silent Strong Dad”
© Karen K. Boyer
Published: February 2006
https://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/silent-strong-dad

Further reading

Norman Rockwell
Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Rockwell

 

 

 

 

 

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47a-Mother’s Day 2017

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“Maternal Admiration” by William-Adolphe Bouguereau
Public domain.  Wikimedia Commons.

We remember

The Serrapede Family
Angela Maria Borrelli
Anna Maria Conte
Filomena Ruocco
Antonia Ruocco
Nicoletta Cuoco
Teresa Marino
Giovanna Battista
Teresa Patella d’Alessandro
Emilia Pappalardo
Emily Leatrice Serrapede

We remember…

The Muro Family
Anna Maria Monzillo
Carminela Cavollo
Giuseppa Carnicelli
Clarice Serrapede
Giuseppa Ruocco
Anna Maria Baldi
Rosolia Patella
Maddalena Montone
Irene Guzzi
Maria Giovanna di Giaimo
Letizia Scotti
Josephine Muro

We remember…

The Aiello Family
Antonia Rocca
Caterina Mastroianni
Lucrezia M.F. Bartolotta
Caterina Pujia
Rosina Aiello

We remember with gratitude all our matriarchs in our family lines this Mother’s Day on May 14, 2017.
In memory of the Mothers of our family lines who were with us from our beginnings.  You not only fed and nurtured our bodies but also saw to the development of our spiritual, emotional and intellectual growth.  With your love we progressed and with your blessings we achieved.  With your advice we were guided and with your caution we were protected.  There are never enough words to express the gratitude we have so we’ll say it simply, “To all the Mamas in our family past, present and future–Thank you, thank you.  We will always love you.”

–EmilyAnn Frances May
–Sam (Sabbatino) Serrapede, Jr.

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Acknowledgement
Painting:  “Maternal Admiration” (1869)
Artisit:  William-Adolphe Bouguereau
Public Domain
Wikimedia Commons

46d-Spring Break 2017 (Part 1)

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Public Domain.

I have one very vivid memory that recurs each year around the time of my Mom’s birthday on April 18th.  No matter what the weather was like or what was going on in our lives Mom said a birthday is a time to celebrate.  Each day is a gift no matter what we find in the box we open each morning.  We each have a role to play and bring our own unique gifts to the setting in which we participate.  Mom also held that each day is a re-birth because at the end of the day we should leave off the exhaustion, the gains and the losses and put them behind us.  Sleep was a renewing process.  All that happened the day before could be recycled and of use in the present or the future.  We just need to get on with the day ahead and not dwell too much on the past.  Answers will come in the course of time.

To illustrate this point Mom once told me that the newly found realizations are akin to Spring.  From within will blossom the knowledge we need if we just quiet the ramblings of the conscious mind and spend some time in a sweet solitude where we gather ourselves together.  “In springtime, the world is born anew!” Mom always said when it was her birthday.  She used that as a way to encourage me in the practice of seeking time out and spending it in quiet reflection.

Each year Uncle Sammy and I take a Spring break.  It is a time to rest, to socialize during the Easter holidays, visit the resting place of Josie and Sam and pray for those we are with in spirit but cannot make the visit to, whether at home or at their resting places.  We hope everyone is awakening after a very long winter and taking time to attune themselves to the cycle of renewal and rebirth going on in nature right now.  May it also happen for all of you, too.

To add an element of learning to this posting we have showcased a painting by Giuseppe Castiglione.  He was a Jesuit missionary who became a painter in the court of the Chinese Emperor during the 18th century.  We have also learned that Giuseppe Vivaldi, composer of “The Four Seasons”, wrote sonnets to accompany each of his concertos.  We present here Vivaldi’s sonnet to Spring in Italian and English which come from the website BaroqueMusic.org  Acknowledgements and links follow the sonnets.

We will return to WordPress in mid-May.

–EmilyAnn Frances May
–Sam Serrapede, Jr.
–April 9, 2017

Spring – Concerto in E Major by Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
Allegro
Springtime is upon us.
The birds celebrate her return with festive song,
and murmuring streams are softly caressed by the breezes.
Thunderstorms, those heralds of Spring, roar, casting their dark mantle over heaven,
Then they die away to silence, and the birds take up their charming songs once more.

Largo
On the flower-strewn meadow, with leafy branches rustling overhead, the goat-herd sleeps, his faithful dog beside him.

Allegro
Led by the festive sound of rustic bagpipes, nymphs and shepherds lightly dance beneath the brilliant canopy of spring.

 

Spring – Concerto in E Major by Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
 Allegro
“Giunt’ è la Primavera e festosetti
La Salutan gl’ Augei con lieto canto,
E i fonti allo Spirar de’ Zeffiretti
Con dolce mormorio Scorrono intanto:
Vengon’ coprendo l’ aer di nero amanto
E Lampi, e tuoni ad annuntiarla eletti
Indi tacendo questi, gl’ Augelletti;
Tornan’ di nuovo al lor canoro incanto:”

 Largo
“E quindi sul fiorito ameno prato
Al caro mormorio di fronde e piante
Dorme ‘l Caprar col fido can’ à lato.”

Allegro
“Di pastoral Zampogna al suon festante
Danzan Ninfe e Pastor nel tetto amato
Di primavera all’ apparir brillante.”

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“Gathering of Auspicious Signs” by Giuseppe Castiglione
Giuseppe’s Chinese name:  Lang Shi’ning
Public Domain.  Wikimedia Commons.
http://tinyurl.com/m9g54j4

Giuseppe Castiglione
Bio
The Art History Archive-Chinese Art
http://www.arthistoryarchive.com/arthistory/asian/Giuseppe-Castiglione.html

Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” Sonnets
BaroqueMusic.org
http://www.baroquemusic.org/vivaldiseasons.html

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons “Spring”
YouTube

 

 

 

 

 

41d-Christmas 2016 at the National Cathedral, Washington, DC

Christmas morning I went to mass at the National Cathedral.  My Uncle Sammy (who is my Mom’s brother and like a brother/dad/godfather and best friend to me), recommended I make the cathedral the focal point of the trip to Washington, DC.  He told me there is such a feeling of sanctity and history in the Cathedral that I would not leave without feeling uplifted.

He is right.  Not only did I feel uplifted, I was inspired.  The choir had the voices of angels. The clergy,  laymen and lay women at the service conveyed such dignity and joy.  I also felt the good will during the exchange of peace at the service.  Episcopalians, and Catholics too, exchange a sign of peace before the Eucharist is given.  In Brooklyn, it is a very anemic exchange.  People wave to each other while some make a peace sign and nod in your direction.  I’ve noticed in my parish most people only shake hands with those they know.  At the National Cathedral on  Christmas Day not only did I shake hands with all those near me, I had a few people hug me, too.  The warmth was very tangible.  I felt as if I’d received an energy transfusion.

At 1:30 p.m. there was a recital given on the grand pipe organ in the cathedral.  The selection ranged from The Nutcracker  Suite, to modern carols like “Bring a torch, Jeanette Isabella” and culminated in a rousing rendition of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s “Messiah”. Two organists were needed to handle the four keyboards on the cathedral’s grand pipe organ for this last piece.  They are both young men in their late 20s-early 30s and so very talented.  As I watched the large screens placed throughout the church so we could see the organist I was so taken by passion and joy on their faces.  It brought such a feeling of happiness and joy that moved me to tears.  Again, other people nearby were responsive and just as moved by the recital as I was.  Strangers, we smiled and hugged and wished each other well without any reserve and without any analytical thoughts about who is this person and what are the thinking.

I think this was what I had come looking for:  that spontaneity and ability to feel with and for other people.  That it happened during the service and recital at the National Cathedral during Christmas day brought home the meaning and significance of this holiday that I haven’t felt for many years.  For me 2017 will be not only a New Year, but one with newer way of looking at what the real gifts of Christmas are all about every day of the year.

From my photo album

The National Cathedral, Washington, DC, Christmas Day 2016

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Main entrance of The National Cathedral.

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41b-A Christmas Greeting to Our Relatives and Paesani

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Rejoice!
For our family,
For our friends.
Those who are near,
Those who are far.
May Our Lord watch over you, guide you, provide for you and bless you always.
Merry Christmas!
And a prosperous New Year.

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Rallegrarsi!
Per la nostra famiglia,
Per i nostri amici.
Coloro che sono vicino,
Coloro che sono lontani,
Possa il Signore vegli su di voi, vi guiderà, fornire per voi e vi benedica sempre.
Buon Natale!
E un prospero Anno Nuovo.

–Sam Serrapede
–EmilyAnn Frances May

 

 


 

 

 

 

Image: University of Dayton via Pinterest
https://uk.pinterest.com/patricialoose/natal/

41a-2016 Holiday Greetings to our blog friends and subscribers

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Happy Winter Solstice!
December 21, 2016

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Blessed Hannukah!
December 24, 2016-January 1, 2017

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Merry Christmas!
December 25, 2016

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Happy Kwanzaa!
December 26, 2016-January 1, 2017

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It is the season of Light
when Joy, Hope and Love
shine upon us with blessings
from Heaven above.
May the flames of Love and Hope burn bright in your heart,
bringing Joyful inspiration as the New Year starts.

With best wishes,

–Sam Serrapede
–EmilyAnn Frances May

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We will be on a one month holiday break starting this week.  See you all in the New Year.

 

 

39e-Dyker Heights Christmas Lights, 2016

Introduction

Last night, December 3rd, 2016, I went to see the Christmas Lights display in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, NY.  It was damp and chilly.  Every so often the wind made the large evergreen trees in front of the mini-mansions sway to and fro.  Most of the area is still in the process of setting up their displays.  I wasn’t sure how much I’d see but decided to go.  I will be involved with several work related events this month so I decided to make the most of my day off.

To my surprise several mini-mansions, as well as the smaller 1 and 2 family houses, already had their displays in place.  The most popular themes I saw last night featured Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.  Bigger homes had their trees and shrubbery adorned with lights so that no figures were necessary.  The very big gardens that still featured large displays were big on well known Christmas characters such as The Nutcracker, The Wooden Soldiers, The Little Drummer Boy and Santa.

I hope you’ll enjoy this short tour of the best displays I saw last night.  I’m releasing these photos into the public domain.  You may circulate or re-use.  A link back to this posting would be appreciated.

The Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Display 2016

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