illustration: Debra Olivadese
Note how the bird color is influenced by the black dots in the sunflower centers…
I lived among the roots of my older sister and brother:
study, create, excel at academia
loved the nuns; strove to please and be the best
loved the solidarity of the religious life, and the Catholic scholars, especially Teilhard de Chardin
Every time my sister dropped a boyfriend, I picked him up. The Daria’s, Ray Siller, Dominic Natoli, Peggy Canis.
At one point, my sister and I dated two brothers: the Salerno’s. Irish boys, Italian boys, and German boys!
Family was our entertainment and my Mother’s family had strong women and professional men with a generous share of priests and a deep Catholic devotion.
Daily Mass and Communion blessed our days.
Dad’s family had illegal liquor, mafia connections and the Family Lawyer.