Author Archives: Janet DeLeo

About Janet DeLeo

Author and Painter, Beachcomber

Lessons I Learned from the Super Bowl

SuperBowl2014As I write this, Super Bowl 2014 will start in about two hours. My team was eliminated and will not be playing. Obviously, a lot of people’s favorite team has been eliminated. However, most of us will still be watching? Why? It is a ritual. It’s been happening every year since 1967! That’s long enough for anything to have become a ritual.

You would be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t know that the “Big Game” is being played today. If you live in America, if you are over the age of 16, if you have engaged in a conversation with a sports fan in the last month, you know. Even if you are not a sports fan, you know. 

My point is that this ritual is one of the things that ties us together as Americans. It is one of those ties that bind us together and points out how much we have in common. It doesn’t matter if you voted for the red candidate or the blue one. It doesn’t matter what your religious beliefs are. It’s a ritual we share as a nation. It’s a commonality that we can discuss tomorrow. We’ll be discussing the half-time show. We’ll be discussing the commercials. We’ll be predicting what teams will play next year.

And…

we’ll be discussing some aspect of the game years from now.

Here’s to more rituals to share with your neighbors and loved ones. Here’s to more threads to bring us together than tear us apart! Here’s to one of those things that make us uniquely American!

Here’s to the team that will be skilled enough and lucky enough to win the Vince LombardiVince-Lombardi-Trophy-color Trophy. I can be gracious with my praise because my team can’t lose today…

Happy Super Bowl Sunday and to the loved ones you’ll share it with!

Thoughts on My Husband’s Retirement

Alan-Janet-in-airplaneToday, February 1, 2014, is my husband’s “official retirement date.” He has achieved something that many Americans aspire to – retirement. He is focused on his next journey – hiking The Appalachian Trail. I am amazed that the time has seemed to fly as quickly as the airplanes he flew! I hope you enjoy the poem I wrote for the occasion!

 THOUGHTS ON ALAN’S RETIREMENT

I know this may be hard to believe,
But from American Airlines, Alan is taking his leave.
He will find it so very nice
To not worry about a checklist or the need to de-ice!

He’s been flying airplanes for so many years,
But now he’s retiring without shedding tears.
After all this time, he’s ready to go;
Will he miss the flying? He says “No”.

No more uniforms, schedules, and rushing for flights,
No more driving to airports mornings, noons, and nights.
No more Crew Scheduling trying to track him down…
They never stopped until he was found.

Flying fighters and airplanes is what he has known
Ever since from a boy to a man he has grown.
He has amassed accomplishments galore
From “The Academy”, the Air Force, “the Company” and more

Now, he’s focused on the Appalachian Trail;
I know the thought of it sounds very insane!

He’s ready for the next chapter of his life;
I’m blessed to share it with him as his wife.
Imagine! He’s now a retiree,
But what exactly does that make me?

 

 

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I was so grateful to be involved with a company named Qivana that I wrote a poem entitled “Ode to Qivana. ”  I delivered  my poem at a regional event held in Newport, RI, on January 17, 2014. To hear my recitation, click below:

A Blessing from Pope Francis

Yesterday I got to check another entry off on my bucket list. I was in St. Peter’s Square with my husband and about 70,000 other people to hear Pope Francis and to receive a papal blessing!

I had been to Rome twice before and never had seen any of the previous popes. Although seeing the pope had been on the list, I didn’t really focus on it happening. I didn’t really visualize it happening.  That has all changed. I am experiencing the effect! All thoughts are crystallizing. I am realizing thoughts transforming into action more readily. It is absolutely amazing. In the last two weeks, I have seen two major accomplishments in my life! Not only did they occur, but they occurred pretty effortlessly once I decided they were to be.

It was pretty obvious that the other 70,000 people had determined earlier in their day that they would be in that square when the Pope gave his blessing. Their excitement was overwhelming and contagious! There certainly was magnetism in the square!

I can’t wait to see what is next on the list! I am so grateful for the gift of travel. I look forward to many future journeys. This particular one has been very special. The seeds of faith that were planted so many years ago are being harvested. I eagerly await upcoming discoveries in 2014.  I anticipate checking off lots of entries on that bucket list!

My FIRST World Series Game (First implies there will be MORE)

Maxine-with-flagI went to Game 2 of the World Series !! Going to a World Series game that my favorite team, the Red Sox, played in had been on my bucket list for quite some time. In spite of previous World Series opportunities, I never took the initiative to actually buy the tickets. Although I can now check this off, I see I should have been clearer and stated that it would be a World Series game that they actually WON! 

But I digress….

As I watched Game 1 on Wednesday evening, DO IT NOW resonated so strongly that I started to look for tickets online. Determined, I explored every possible option to acquire tickets without having to sell one of my grandkids to get them!!

Not only did I go to the game, I surprised my oldest grandson with a ticket – the absolute BEST gift I’ve given anyone on the spur of the moment! The entire adventure was a last-minute escapade and a direct result of developing DO IT NOW habit. Attending the game was an awesome experience, and sharing it with Zach was absolutely priceless. We left the game exhilarated in spite of the final score. We shopped for a souvenir shirt, and took two subway lines back to South Station to take the train.

And now for the rest of the story….

By the time we got to the train station, the last train had left! As a matter of fact, the entire station was about to close!  In the excitement, I had written down the times that Zach and I had to take the train and the subways TO the game, not FROM the game – uh oh! I never confirmed that the trains ran later on game nights just like the subway did. I guess it is time to work on a new habit of better due dilligence!