Our Family Circle: Sam & Kathie’s Silver Anniversary, August 15, 2018

To all family and friends:

How is everyone enjoying their summer vacation?

The move to Linden, New Jersey on July 18th went smoothly.  I am gradually becoming acquainted with my new town and loving it.  I still have much unpacking to do but will get back to it after the hot days of summer are over.

I should be back to visiting my WordPRess friend’s blogs by early September.  There will be some gaps because of the time lost due to the move but I will resume commenting and interacting once I get the drift of everyone’s postings.

On Wednesday, August 15th, 2018 Uncle Sammy and Aunt Kathie celebrated their Silver Anniversary.  They first had a vacation in Paris before the Anniversary and then returned to the U.S. and celebrated again on the actual date with friends in Arizona.  This weekend they will complete their vacation and celebration with a visit to New Mexico where there is an Indian Market.

Uncle Sammy and I shared photos from the wedding in August 15, 1993.  For those members of the family who attended the photos should bring back some memories.  For those who see them for the first time we think you’ll see how much in love Uncle Sammy and Aunt Kathie are at the wedding and, I’m so grateful and happy to say, continue to be today.

–EmilyAnn Frances May
August 17, 2018

Wedding of Sam Serrapede and Kathie Lingle, August 15, 1993

Prints-45-1993-08-15-Sam&KathieWedding-005Michael Lingle walks his mother, Kathie, down the aisle.  The ceremony and reception were held outdoors near a lake in New Jersey.


From the original wedding program.


Candle lighting ceremony with Best Man Mohammad Ali, Sam and Kathie.


Exchanging vows.



First dance as newlyweds.  Kathie changed into different dress for the reception.


Our Family Circle: Michael’s vacation, EmilyAnn’s coursework


This posting debuts a new feature at Through the Byzantine Gate.  It is called “Our Family Circle” and will feature very brief updates on what is going on in the family.  This will include birthday celebrations, vacation photos, notices of achievements and other general events our family and friends will enjoy learning about.  I have updated the previous posting about Jake’s birthday to include the name or our new feature.

Michael Muro

Michael got away from the cold, snowy, and rainy weather that has been with us since before Groundhog Day.  This vacation took Michael to the West Coast where he’s visiting his brother Nick’s family.


Michael in Ojai, California.

Michael also had time to visit old friends in Ojai in California.  He said the temps were in the 80s when this photo was taken.  Michael returns to the East Coast this week.

EmilyAnn Frances May

I’ve been a bit scarce here at WordPress due to many positive and challenging developments in my personal life.  The client I work for is growing and I am focused on expanding my knowledge base so I will be more conversant in the nature of one of our clients’ business.  To better understand the terms used in boating and navigation, I took a one day course on Boating Safety taught by the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCGA).  The class was given at Pier 40 in Manhattan.

This was a big step forward for me since I never operated a boat or understood all the terminology and intricacies of navigating waterways.  The course raised my awareness a great deal and helped give me more depth in understanding some aspects of boating I am somewhat familiar with because of our work with the client.


Andy, me and Drew after the presentation of the USCGA Certificate of Accomplishment for the Boating Safety course.

The instructors, Drew and Andy, are volunteers of the USCGA.  They were patient and thorough in their presentation.  At the end of the course an exam was given.  We all aced the test.  I was elated with my grade:  98%.  I plan to devote more time to studying the course manual so I can reinforce what I learned.



Pier 40 on Saturday evening, February 10, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

It was a very misty day with very light rainfall.  Pier 40 looked like the setting for a detective or mystery story set in the 1940s or 1950s when I left the class and headed back to my apartment.  I hope to come back to Pier 40 in the future to take other classes once the USCGA schedules them.

I invite all members of the immediate and extended Muro, Serrapede, Aiello and Marasco branch families to contact me with any news or photos they want to share.  I will feature them in future “Our Family Circle” postings.