frans friday forum: Fran's Friday Forum...HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL...!!!
- 02/14/14 07:35 AM
For those of you ‘GRAMMAR CHALLENGED’, HOPE, in my title, is THE VERB, SPRING, is THE OBJECT...
I could easily have RE-BLOGGED last week’s POST, but in the interest of keeping ‘HOPE ALIVE’ as we wait patiently for Spring to arrive, here goes...
This Winter has climbed to fourth, and may easily make third before the season ends, in total inches of snowfall...Keep in mind, we live in PENNSYLVANIA, not Buffalo, N.Y. or Chicago, ILL., or Cleveland, Ohio...
Yes, we’re used to heavy snowfalls and winter storms, and we know how to prepare for them, but this winter
frans friday forum: Brrrrrrr...Fran's Friday Forum...!!!
- 02/07/14 05:50 AM
It seems these days that many are talking and complaining about the severity of weather so far this winter...
The severe drought in the far west, the deep cold in the south, the snow and ice storms of the northeast...all have kept the center of our conversation BRRRRRRISK...!!!
Since there is little we can do to change the weather, I have chosen to focus on the positives...
As a family, we are spending more time together, helping one another to cope with adverse weather conditions, and simply taking advantage of this ‘down time’ by eating and conversing together...
frans friday forum: Fran's Friday Forum...BUILDING THE CITY...!!!
- 01/24/14 08:09 AM
Watching The March For Life in D.C. this past Wednesday got me thinking...
In a country where our cities have been going to pot for decades now, we Christians have our work cut out for us if we are to achieve the goal Saint Paul first set for us ‘TO RESTORE ALL THINGS IN CHRIST’...
In fact, St. Augustine, centuries later referred to ‘BUILDING THE CITY OF GOD’, and wrote extensively on that subject...
Here we are, especially those of us in the REAL ESTATE PROFESSION, over a millenium and a half later, and we still haven’t got
frans friday forum: HOW TIMELESS AND TIMELY IS OUR GOD...Fran's Friday Forum...!!!
- 01/17/14 08:16 AM
How timeless and timely is our God...!!! Alleluia...!!!
It never ceases to amaze me how ‘on time’ God always is...!!!
A perfect, all powerful, all knowing, supernatural and all loving Being, who is before and above and beyond all time, yet loves each one of us so much that HE dispenses HIS Graces just at the right perfect time for us...
Oh, make no mistake about it, our impatience sometimes clouds our view of the present situation(s), and often strongly doubts His work IN and AROUND us...
But like the recent Christmas celebrations reminded us...He is
frans friday forum: FAITH FIRST...Fran’s Friday Forum...!!!
- 01/10/14 09:34 AM
FAITH FIRST...Fran’s Friday Forum...!!!
How’s that for a bunch of “F” words...!!!
More seriously, however, is the concern I have for what our Country has become...
A land of FREEDOM and INDEPENDENCE has become a ‘NANNY’ state where individual freedoms and personal privacy have been ‘RIPPED OUT’ of daily living in these UNITED STATES...
We have become upside down in our political thinking...e.g.,
In Europe, hunters and shooters consider it impolite, and, in fact, RUDE to use a weapon without some form of SUPRESSOR (commonly known as ‘silencer’) so as to deaden the sound and protect the hearing of
frans friday forum: GO OUT TO ALL THE WORLD...Fran's Friday Forum...!!!
- 12/27/13 06:22 AM
Over this season of Christmas I have been listening intently to the readings from Scripture, the sermons, the homilies, and the prayers of the Church...
I have heard messages like ‘Prepare the way of The Lord’...‘Repent and believe the Good News’... ‘O come, O come, Emmanuel’... ‘A Savior is born’... 'God With Us'.......and several other impressionable themes...!!!
These words and thoughts got me to think, ‘Are we EFFECTIVELY telling the story’...???
If we truly are disciples of Christ, we need to follow Him and PROCLAIM BOLDLY ‘The Good News’...both by WORD and EXAMPLE...
Now, I don’t intend this post
frans friday forum: MERRY JOYFUL CHRISTMAS...Fran's Friday Forum...!!!
- 12/20/13 06:31 AM
Just a week out from our annual retreat with the GASPARI BOYS and Grandson, Zach and still reflecting on the message of the retreat and the wonders of THE CHRISTMAS SEASON...!!!
Yes, the reason for the season is THE BIRTH OF JESUS...OH, theologians and historians still debate when, exactly, He was born (the consensus being that He was born sometime in the Spring), but, no matter, it is HE and HIS BIRTH WE CELEBRATE...EMMANUEL...GOD WITH US...
GOD IS WITH US...Sinners that we are...He knew we were and are SINNERS, and that is PRECISELY WHY HE CAME...as I
frans friday forum: Fran's Friday Forum...CLOSED FOR REPAIRS...!!!
- 12/13/13 08:54 AM
This is the weekend when most of The 'Gaspari' boys CLAN attend their annual weekend retreat at Malvern, Pennsylvania...Actually the official name of THE RETREAT HOUSE is Saint Joseph's In The Hills...!!!
The physical surroundings are QUIET, WOODED, and SERENE...approximately 300 men will attend, and the food and accommodations are excellent...!!! Just as we feed our bodies with physical nourishment, so it is necessary to provide SPIRITUAL NOURISHMENT for our souls...!!!
It is amazing to watch all my teenage boys, including my Grandson, Zach, getting all excited in anticipation of the retreat...
The HOLY SPIRIT, it seems, can penetrate and
frans friday forum: DITCHING THE MORAL COMPASS...Fran's Friday Forum...!!!
- 12/06/13 07:43 AM
One of the most beautiful verses in Scripture occur in Luke 1:46-55, and in my Bible is entitled “THE CANTICLE OF MARY”...
These verses are attributed to Mary, the Blessed Mother of Jesus, as she visited her kinswoman, Elizabeth, mother of John The Baptist...
Of course, these words were uttered in the context of Mary visiting Elizabeth after The Angel Gabriel visited Mary and told her that she would soon bear a son whose name would be Jesus...Meanwhile, Elizabeth was pregnant with her soon to be born son, John, who as Mary entered their home, John leapt in his mother’s
frans friday forum: Fran's 'BLACK' Friday Forum...!!!
- 11/29/13 07:17 AM
So what’s so ‘black’ about BLACK FRIDAY...???
We know the origin of ‘BLACK FRIDAY’...Retailers suggest that until ‘BLACK FRIDAY’ they have operated in the ‘RED’...
Of course, they put a lot of capital and preparation into getting ready for this end of year shopping season...SO...
For merchants, PREPARATION, is ultra important.......
How about for us, the NON MERCHANT...
How do we prepare for the important moments in our lives...???
We had a bit of a taste yesterday when many of us gathered our families to celebrate and give thanks for all of our BLESSINGS...MUCH PREPARATION went into that one day
frans friday forum: Fran's Friday Forum...THE END OF A TUNNEL LIGHT...!!!
- 11/15/13 06:55 AM
I know the title to this post sounds clunky, but it best expresses my current feelings...
You see, for the past 7 months I have been undergoing preventive chemotherapy stemming from an occurrence of colon cancer back in 2011...
This regimen of infusions and pills is intended to seek out and kill any cancer cells that may be ‘lurking under the radar’, so to speak, and prevent those cells from ‘landing’ somewhere else in my body...
Needless to say, the side effects from these ultra strong drugs can be incredibly weird and harsh...going from mild nausea to
frans friday forum: RESPECT & TRUST...Fran's Friday Forum...!!!
- 11/08/13 07:24 AM
As a child growing up with a hard working Father who remained a lifelong Democrat, it was not uncommon to hear him repeat again and again, “...The Democrats are for the ‘working man’ and the Republicans are for ‘big business’...and never forget that...”
My Dad was a good man...honest...simple...wise...strong...generous...BUT...
RESPECTFULLY...He got it wrong...!!!
It wasn’t any particular politician who caused my conversion, but a loving and caring God...!!!
You must go beyond words and determine the mind and actions of those you encounter in life...RESPECT and TRUST are the keys...!!!
Today, I consider myself a PRACTICING CATHOLIC CONSERVATIVE...WITH
frans friday forum: A TIME TO CELEBRATE...Fran's Friday Forum...!!!
- 10/25/13 07:51 AM
Yesterday our family celebrated the Confirmation of our beloved Daughter, EMILY, and our beloved Granddaughter, MADISON...!!!
For any unfamiliar with what ‘CONFIRMATION’ is, I will try to explain...
CONFIRMATION, for us is a SEALING of the Holy Spirit and the GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT that we received at our BAPTISM...when we became CHRISTIANS and followers of JESUS and His Church...THE BODY OF CHRIST...
Now, I’m no theologian or public spokesman for the Church, but as a Christian I am obligated to SPREAD THE GOOD NEWS OF JESUS whenever and wherever I’m able...
My daughter, EMILY, in reviewing
frans friday forum: UNLESS A GRAIN FALL & DIE...Fran's Friday Forum...!!!
- 10/18/13 09:05 AM
At morning Mass yesterday that famous passage was read: Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies...It remains just a grain of wheat...
I challenge all reading this to locate that Scripture passage and read the rest of the passage that follows...
It’s not really about agriculture, it’s about Mathematics and Multiplication...
In real estate parlance it's about LEVERAGING...!!!
My kids laugh and rib me when, at a baseball game with men on 2nd and 3rd, I yell something like 1 = 2...meaning that 1 single will usually yield 2 runs...It’s more about
frans friday forum: Fran's Friday Forum...The UNION OF OUR STATE...!!!
- 10/04/13 07:15 AM
The current mess our government is in got me thinking...
It seems almost everything the FEDERAL government has its hands in is screwed up...The IRS, The Postal Service, Welfare Programs, Health Care, FNMA, Freddie Mac, FHA, and the list goes on...
In fact, one of the few things the FED seems to earn at least a passing mark on is our MILITARY...
Then I thought of the MANY LAYERS OF GOVERNMENT that currently exist...THE FED, THE STATE, THE COUNTY, THE LOCAL CITY OR TOWNSHIP, THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS, THE MUNICIPAL AUTHORITIES (public sewer and water)...
frans friday forum: MY ACHIN' BACK...Fran's Friday Forum...!!!
- 09/27/13 07:44 AM
O.K....So last week I had my 5th of 7 chemo infusions (except for the side effects of the infusions...read: poisons...I’m feeling great)...This week I celebrated my 70th birthday with a BACKACHE...
I guess I was trying to prove that 70 is a mere number, so I planted a new fig tree which my daughter Emily had won in a recent raffle...
Planting was a breeze...digging a suitable hole was another story...
Between shovels, hoes, and (very heavy) pry bars...Well...you guessed it...there went the back...
Actually the hole was easy to dig...once we removed the six or seven
frans friday forum: Fran's Friday Forum...IS OUR FOCUS HIGH ENOUGH...???
- 09/13/13 06:48 AM
In my post of last week, IS ‘TEXTING’ TALKING, one commenter mentioned the fact that he didn’t own a cell phone, let alone be engulfed in a world of tangled texting, communication, and political confusion...
Bob, the commenter, a Co-Pennsylvanian and my friend from the next County over, mentioned that he didn’t want to lose his focus on THE KINGDOM...
Since Bob made that comment I’ve had some time to reflect on THE KINGDOM...and Bob was absolutely right...
Although many of us consider ourselves blessed to be Americans, as followers of Christ, we are all merely aliens here...our
frans friday forum: IS 'TEXTING' TALKING...Fran's Friday Forum...!!!
- 09/06/13 08:50 AM
IS 'TEXTING' TALKING... ???
I’m not going to lie to you...I’m not a big fan of some of the latest developments in cell phones, computers, Ipods, etc...especially as they relate to ‘FAMILY BUILDING’...!!!
Case in point.......My 17 year old son, Justin, is addicted to texting...even at the expense of being RUDE, he has continued to ‘TEXT’ at the most inopportune moments...
I argued with him (and lost), that ‘TEXTING’ was not the same as conversing with someone...where you have eye contact, body language, and physical closeness, all of which, experts have found, account for over 85% of effective
frans friday forum: MOVING HUMP DAY...Fran's Friday Forum...!!!
- 08/23/13 06:10 AM
We all know that Wednesday is traditionally referred to as ‘HUMP DAY’...The day on which half of the normal work week is exceeded...!!!
BUT, for those, like me, who may be on a chemo regimen, today is ‘HUMP DAY’...
You see, today I will have concluded three of my six chemo rounds...So, for me, I am over the hump, and approaching the back stretch...Indeed, I can almost see THE FINISH LINE...
Chemo is a lot worse than WORKING...Just its side effects can wear a person out...
In fact, without God’s help and the prayers of many I
frans friday forum: ADMIRING YOUR WORK...Fran's Friday Forum...!!!
- 08/16/13 06:56 AM
I recently had the opportunity to observe an Amish craftsman completing the roofing and 'screening in' of our rear deck...!!!
There were no wasted steps or moves...every turn was calculated and productive...yet...he never seemed to be in a hurry or rushed to finish the days work...
Elmer, took a few minute break in the morning and a ten minute lunch...
Whenever he would complete a task I would see him step back and make sure it was completed to his satisfaction...on occasion, he would redo something that didn’t meet his approval...
Elmer brought back memories of my late Father, a