About The Blog

VegasThe majority of us have stories that we can share about the powerful immigrant influences in our lives, whether it be parents, grandparents, or other friends or family members. They often came to this country with nothing, and crafted their own version of the American dream.

You will find those stories here. I was blessed with a pair of hard working parents that took care of the needs of my sisters and I, but I grew up around my grandparents and their extended family, soaking in the influence of the immigrant experience.

My grandparents came to this country from Italy, leaving all they knew behind for opportunity on these shores. They struggled, but made it. In their struggles and successes are wonderful lessons on how to live life and be grateful for what you have and what you are given. You will read about them here.

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About Me

My parents and grandparents were in the restaurant industry since the 1950’s, so I grew up in their businesses and got a lot of my education from there. I worked in my parents’ restaurant after school from the age of 12 (I started with washing dishes), and ended my run full time there some 22 years later.

I’ve been a sales professional since, with my current stint in corporate legal services for the last 10 plus years. I’ve been married to my wife Suzanne for over 25 years. We have a daughter and teenage son, and we’ve had one pet that my daughter rescued, a crazy dog  named Cooper. We’ve lived in the same house for nearly as long, just outside of New York’s state capital of Albany.

In my free time, I like to cook, read, write, exercise, and travel with my family to places with water and beaches.

My Best Work

New to this site? To read some posts that I like the most or have been popular with readers, take a look at some of the links below. And don’t forget to subscribe to get the latest and greatest when published!

The Most Valuable Land On Earth

6 Nuggets Of Financial Wisdom From The Old School

Not Your Average Heroes

Giving All For God And Country

Reflections on Memorial Day And A Salute To A Soldier Long Gone

The “Stallone Effect”: A Rocky Road To Weight Loss

Never Say Die

Summer of Discontent