Archive for the ‘Friends’ Category

When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.

Friday, May 27th, 2011

DuPont Environmental Education Center (DEEC)

The Delaware Nature Society operates the DuPont Environmental Education Center in Wilmington, showcasing where the city, river, and marsh meet. The Center, owned by the Riverfront Development Corporation, is on the edge of the 212-acre Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge that adjoins the tidal Christina River, which is home to many species of amphibians, birds, mammals, fish, reptiles and native plants.

My friends and I took a trip here and spent a few hours touring the vast property, walking the boardwalk, learning about indigenous wildlife,  exploring the man-made labyrinth with owl statues and branches, and climbing on everything like we were kids again; it was awesome.  Relaxing, fascinating & inspiring.  I highly recommend taking a day trip here.  They also offer Twilight Yoga…gem.

Photo credit goes to good friend Red Mohawk.  Thanks for the pics.

Photo credit: Red Mohawk

Photo credit: Red Mohawk

Joeseph Di Fiore 8/27/1980 – 9/26/2010

Monday, October 4th, 2010

For those who have been fortunate enough to have met Mr. Joe Di Fiore, I’m sure all would agree that there aren’t enough words in our language to describe him. Only reminiscent stories have attempted to paint a picture of the magnitude in which he has touch so many lives.  And each story is sure to make you laugh uncontrollably or stare in disbelief with your mouth wide open uttering “Oh my God”. When Joe did something, he did it big.  He never held back, never cared what anyone thought, was deceivingly intelligent, deep, thoughtful, giving and a master lyricist…especially when it came to come-backs.

The world lost one of the most incredible souls to touch mine and a multitude of others’ lives last Sunday, September 26, 2010, almost one month after his 30th birthday.  There wasn’t a time I spoke to Joey that I didn’t have a beaming smile on my face, laugh inappropriately, or freeze in shock from whatever he just said.  If I was in a bad mood and heard from Joe, wasn’t as serious and there was nothing to be upset about.  His enthusiasm, charism, and sense of humor could turn the most brittle heart soft and in incidences where his remarks should warrant a smack and revocation of frequent flyer miles…he would receive free drinks for himself and his six accompanying passengers on the plane.  His brother Mike said it best in his eulogy, “when our mother heard of Joey’s death she yelled ‘Joey’s not suppose to die!’, and that’s what Joey always did, exactly what he’s not suppose to do.”

This tells me Joey has a greater plan at work.  He was always a few steps ahead of the rest so I’m sure he’s got something good up his sleeve…we just don’t know it yet.

Joey will be deeply missed by all who knew him.  I speak confidently when I say that there is a void in everyone’s heart and soul who had the pleasure of knowing him.  No matter the length of time or space between him and his friends, Joey’s impact runs deep.  His funeral services remained teeming with people and vibrant with energy throughout the three days.  On the day of his funeral, there wasn’t a seat left in the church and standing room was tight.  If I hadn’t known better, I would have thought people were gathering for a sold-out concert or some high in-demand event.  Over 400 people came on Saturday to show their love and mourn the loss of Joe.  And throughout the days of services, when people weren’t crying uncontrollably over their loss, they were laughing hysterically over the accounts in which Joe touched their lives and in celebration of his fun-loving life.  There wasn’t a person in the room without a memorable story of Joe, and in the instance someone shared their experience, we could smile through our tears.

Since it’s impossible to try to make sense of the premature loss of Joey, I’ve come to realize that there is no understanding death. There’s just accepting.  And that’s no attempt to make the healing process sound easy.  I sure as hell know it’s not easy.  But in order to find some peace, we must look for ways to accept that which we cannot change and let go of those whom we cannot live without.  In time, life will reveal the gifts that come with Joe’s passing.  Until then, I give thanks to Joey, thanks for being a part of my life and thanks for showing me a better way to live.

I’d also like to thank Joe’s parents, Mike and Vicky Di Fiore, and Synergy Energy Solutions, where Joe was Director of Operations.  If it weren’t for you, I would have never met the most amazing person to cross my path.

Grieve not…

nor speak of me with tears…

but laugh and talk of me…

as though I were beside you.

I loved you so…

’twas Heaven here with you.

- dedicated by Mike Di Fiore

Look for miracles.

Duke & Winston. Support local.

Monday, July 12th, 2010

My friends and I went to Northern Liberties yesterday to eat and watch the World Cup.  What an awesome day.  The game was on the big screen outside in the courtyard of the Piazza, the weather was perfect, there was a delightful festival going on with local vendors selling their creations…

One in particular, Duke & Winston, a local designer/clothier, caught my attention (probably because owner/creator Seun yelled my name), but nevertheless I was stoked to find them there.  He had the t-shirt I had been scoping out online!  And now I have it. Check it out…

Keep Calm & Carry On ~ Duke & Winston

Seun has an inspiring story of how he got started.  Check out his blog and support local!  Helping each other grow organically.

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Friday, June 11th, 2010

Courtesy of my CA roomie…

Summertime in Paris

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

One of my best friends, Jami, in beautiful California is giving away some fresh summertime picnic essentials here, not to mention a deliciously refreshing cocktail recipe.

Click here for details  Do it.