We had a blast accompanying Enzo on his Halloween adventure. Together with his moms and his nonni and poppi, Enzo returned to his old neighborhood in the Rockridge area of Oakland. I must say, I saw more old-fashioned Halloween spirit … maybe more … than when I was a kid growing up in blue collar Paulsboro, … [Read more…]
Mid-March I traveled back East to visit my family, especially my lovely 93-year-old mother Mary. While there, I took a few shots of our old home in Haddonfield and some places from my childhood in Paulsboro. It’s always good to go home :).
Halloween is big enough to merit celebrations throughout the days leading up to the Scary Day, especially for children, which is why Enzo is blowing out the candles on an orange and green cake in the middle of the week. I Didn’t Burn Down the Cake! from John DeAngelo on Vimeo.
Today proved once again that in a former life I was a vintner, or at least a field worker. I can’t adequately describe why visiting wine country makes me so happy. It’s not just the wine tasting, it’s the whole wine experience, notably the ability to meet and talk with people like Kosta Arger, one … [Read more…]
Every Wednesday Enzo attends gymnastics class in his old neighborhood. It’s amazing what kids remember from week to week. You can see how well they follow through on their assigments without constant direction from the instuctor. Gymnastics Class from John DeAngelo on Vimeo.
Our nephew Jonathan, his wife Lisa, and son Mackay are being assigned to Sierra Leone for three years (Jonathan works for the State Department). I don’t imagine we will see much of them in that time, so it was important that we had a chance to say goodbye before they left. So, those that could … [Read more…]
A former colleague of mine from Temple paid a visit to the SF area with his wife Sheila and friends Ken and Susie. We prearranged a meeting in the Carneros area of Napa Valley. The fog broke just in time to enjoy a glorious Napa Day. The tour started at Domaine Carneros, moved to Acacia … [Read more…]
Judy and I met up with old friends Geoffrey Forman and Elizabeth Lee at the restaurant “Gather” in Berkeley. It was the first time Geoff had seen Adrienne in 20 years, and the first time he met Colleen and Enzo. It was also a belated anniversary celebration for Bun and Colleen. Not only was it … [Read more…]
This summer Enzo spent nearly every Wednesday and Saturday with Yvonne in the Alamo SQ community pool learning to swim … or maybe I should say getting comfortable in the water. Swimming is still a future goal but Enzo progressed from tentative steps in the shallow end to some degree of comfort in the mid-section … [Read more…]
Not Enzo and Nonni. Enzo loves the story of the three little pigs who play and sing and dare the wolf to get them, only to be saved by the industrious one who builds his house of bricks. Three Pigs from John DeAngelo on Vimeo.