Tired of Taxes
Since Apr 19, 2002

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In loving memory of my father

1934 - 2007

Dad was a kind, compassionate, humble man. He was born, lived, and died in the same town. He worked hard and moved ahead but remained within a few blocks of his birthplace. He belonged to the same church his entire life. He celebrated every tradition, walking in the processions carrying the saints through the streets, cooking for the feasts, marching with the veterans in parades. He was the guy who never took the credit but was the rock everyone leaned on. He was always there to help everyone else. Donated blood every year until his retirement. Devoted to his wife and family. Doted on his grandchildren.

I will always picture him at the kitchen table talking politics. Did you hear the latest story in the news? Let's go in the kitchen and talk. We were both Republicans. We didn't always see eye to eye, but somehow he always turned out to be right. A history buff, he knew his facts. If you wanted to get a story straight, you went to him. But he was also a good-natured man who loved to joke and laugh. He was always smiling.

In his final months, his hospital room always was filled with visitors. He passed on, surrounded by all of us. His viewing was packed with people lined around the building. They filed through for two hours straight to pay their respects. The Catholic War Veterans honored him with prayer and salutes.

Goodbye, Dad. Thank you for being the best father a girl could ever have.

I didn't always heed Dad's advice, but here it is:

Dad's Words of Wisdom:

"Remember, an honest living is a good living."
"Blood is thicker than water. Always put your family first."
"Stick to your roots."
"You can't always judge a book by its cover."
"Vote with your dollar. Every time you spend a dollar, you're casting a vote."
"None of the other clubs would let us join, so we started our own club."
"The people who work hard are the people who get ahead."
"Remember, the winners write the history books."

I'm tired of taxes, not Texas. :-) I heard Texas is a great place to live. I don't live there. I live in New Jersey, the state with the highest property taxes in the nation.

2010-2011: I am now fighting cancer, too, and will not be able to participate fully here at this time. I'm still homeschooling, though. :-) Thank you all for your prayers and support.

UPDATE: So far, so good!

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