Detention center in McAllen, Texas. Photo: Center for Border Protection
Since the 1980s, the Republican Party has often referred to themselves as the party of “family values”, but over the past several years and more recently under the Trump Administration this has turned into a bad joke. Aside from the daily drama of his war of words with [Insert Person of the Day] or weekly scandals, the news over Father’s Day weekend, showing US agents forcibly separating small children from their parents was enough to make me ill.
I know that there are many people who disagreed with President Obama and disliked his politics and perhaps they felt then as I do now – embarrassed, ashamed and alarmed. I think the thing that bothers me the most about this policy isn’t that our xenophobic / race-baiting President implemented this policy (it isn’t that surprising when you look back at his rhetoric), but what really upsets me is watching nearly the entire Republican Party ferociously defend the policy; some quoting excerpts from the Bible as justification.
I wanted to take a moment to say Happy Father’s Day to my Dad (shown above), my brother, Timothy, brother-in-laws, Travis and Brett as well as to all the other fantastic fathers out there who I know.
It doesn’t seem right that Dad’s only get one day out of the year to be recognized for all they do for their children but apparently that is all that Hallmark allows so have a wonderful day, spending it as you wish. And for all of you sons and daughters out there be sure to call Dad.
Mom chillin’ on Lake Winnipesaukee in 2015
I wanted to take a moment to say Happy Mother’s Day to my Mom, my two sisters Elizabeth and Susan, my sister-in-law Ashley and to all the other wonderful women I know who have taken on the toughest job I can think of, motherhood. It doesn’t seem right that you only get one day out of the year to be recognized for all you do for your children.
A lot has been said about how crappy 2016 was and how many are looking forward to putting this year behind us, but upon further reflection I realized that despite some high profile losses – chief among them for me Prince & George Michael and other horrible events in the world – I’ve had a wonderful year.
I’m thankful for the time spent with my family and friends, the new friends Sergio and I made along the way this year and some really wonderful events / happenings including but not limited to the following:
Caitlin was born on July 26 and Summer was born on March 18
I’m an uncle six times over now that I have Summer and Caitlin in my life. Although Caitlin (above left) is as big – if not bigger, Summer (above right) is actually four months older. The photo was taken this fall when Caitlin was about 4 months old and Summer was 8 months old.
Mom and Dad both celebrated milestone birthdays in good health
My parents celebrated really big birthdays with friends and family this year. They both remain in good health and with their new home in Portsmouth, NH I hope I will be able to see more of them in 2017.
We had a blast visiting Portugal. Here we are in Sintra – an easy day trip from Lisbon.
Sergio and I took two international trips this year, visiting Portugal for the first time this past September (FYI – we loved it) and returning to family in Brazil in November / December. In addition to those trips I was able to visit friends in the following cities: Austin, TX in March; San Francisco and New York City. Sergio and I also escaped what turned out to be an incredibly mild winter by spending several days in San Juan, P.R. in February.
There is more to be thankful for as well including my aunt’s fight with cancer, a new job for my brother-in-law, a growing business for my other brother-in-law, we met several special people this year who we are lucky to have as friends and lest I forget, while I’m sad to see Obama leave office he concluded his 8 years in office in 2016 with a level of class and grace that I think will be left wanting in the years to come.
I wish and hope everyone has as wonderful a 2017 as Sergio and I had in 2016.
I can’t believe that my father is turning 70 today. The older I get the more I appreciate and love my parents. I’m happy to say that my parents are healthy and enjoying life to its fullest spending time traveling, golfing and with family.
Sergio and I will be spending the afternoon up in Portsmouth, NH with family celebrating the milestone birthday today.
Happy Birthday Dad
Today is the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, but Sergio and I are in Brazil visiting his family. We will actually celebrate the holiday tomorrow when his family can come together since today is not a holiday in Brazil. His Mom’s thoughtful gesture, cooking a Thanksgiving dinner for Sergio and me, strikes me as a lovely example of living the ideals of what the holiday represents.
Sergio Kayaking on Lake Winnipesaukee
It is Saturday and Sergio and I are up on Lake Winnipesaukee near Wolfboro’s bustling center, spending time with the family. We arrived on Friday after spending Thursday evening in Portsmouth, NH (more on that later). Even during the busy vacation season life here moves at a much slower pace. We spend our days down at the cove or out on a kayak and at night we go out for walks (you can actually see the stars here) and overeat while watching TV.
Not much to share other than the fact that we are having a nice time and I hope you are enjoying your weekend no matter how or where you are spending it.