About The Blog

joe coolIn this great country of America, the 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.

In this blog, you will find those stories. 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 results 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.

You can also read about my early struggles with being overweight, and my continuing obsession with Italian food. Getting ready to hit the age of 50, I’ve made a commitment to better health and fitness, and it’s been a rocky road at best. You’ll read about that, too.

I will write about topics that don’t fit neatly into one of these categories.

I’ll typically post two to three times per month. To make sure you can read all posts, you can subscribe via email to get the latest.

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 for 15 years, with my current stint in corporate legal services for the last 7. I’ve been married to my wife Suzanne for 20 years, we have a teenage daughter and son, and a crazy dog (but getting older and settling down) 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