Monday, November 26, 2007

All of us join in saying “Happy Holidays”

As we send greetings to friends and family near and far, remember, whether we’re together or apart, you share a special place in our hearts One of the real joys of the Holiday Season is the opportunity to share our family news.

We are so fortunate to be able to travel: a 50th anniversary trip to Hawaii in May, a fruitful fishing trip to New York in June, and a trip to rekindle old friendships to Bethlehem, Pa.

We are so happy to be able to visit our children and relatives: Chicago, State College, Medina, and Ocean City.

We love being able to make, teach and enjoy music: Piano studio recitals, chamber music concerts, Kiss Me Kate,
Oklahoma, Musicians Concert Band, Butler Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony
We enjoy being able to reap the benefits of the garden that we tend all year.
Our mother Flora is living at Newhaven Court, she will be 98 in January of 2008. Her health is good, having suffered a slight heart attack in October, but bouncing back quite well.

Our children, Vincent, Bryan, Christina, Michael, and Victoria all continue to enjoy the fruits of their labor and continue to make us proud to have had something to do with their success. They all generously planned and carried out an inspiring week of celebration in August in honor of our 50th anniversary.

Michael and Dawn are expecting their first child in April; bringing our grandchildren roster to ten. Sadly, they bid a farewell to their Border collie friend of fifteen years in June.

Our growing talented grandchildren continue to make us proud with their attempts and achievements. They are all doing quite well and we are proud of all of them.

We hope this holiday is a safe, healthy, happy one for you and your family. Please let us hear from you from cyber space, our e-mail is and our website is

Love to all, Claudette and Jim

Monday, November 19, 2007

The House is For Sale

Dawn and I listed our house on Thursday 11/09/2007. We had a showing on Friday and an offer in hand by Friday night. Please follow this link,, to the realtors web site. We do not know where we will be going, but we plan to rent back from the new owners until August 2008. In the mean time we are persuing a house in our old neighborhood and hope to get our hands on this property and then do a renovation. We will see how things work out...

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Vicky Has Surgery

On Wednesday November 7Th, Vicky had surgery to remove an ovarian cyst. Once the surgeon was inside, she discovered that it would be impossible to remove the cyst without doing other, perhaps severe damage to other organs. So, she left it in there, secure in the knowledge that it is not growing, nor is there any danger of it breaking up. Vicky is recovering from the cut well and should be home in a few days.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Forget The numbers

Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids? If you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about aging that you think in fractions.
'How old are you?' 'I'm four and a half!' You're never thirty-six and a half. You're four and a half, going on five! That's the key.

You get into your teens, now they can't hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.

'How old are you?' 'I'm gonna be 16!' You could be 13, but hey, you're gonna be 16! And then the greatest day of your life ... You become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony . YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS!!!

But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There's no fun now, you're Just a sour-dumpling. What's wrong? What's changed?

You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you're PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it's all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50 and your dreams are gone.

But wait!!! You MAKE it to 60. You didn't think you would!

So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and MAKE it to 60.

You've built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it's a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday!

You get into your 80's and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30; you REACH bedtime. And it doesn't end there. Into the 90s, you start going backwards; 'I Was JUST 92.'

Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. 'I'm 100 and a half!'
May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!

1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay 'them.'

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. 'An idle mind is the devil's workshop.' And the devil's name is Alzheimer's.

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love , whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,but by the moments that take our breath away.


Thursday, September 27, 2007

Why I am a Liberal

I'm a liberal. Conservatives have been making a dirty word of "liberal" for a half century or so. They've tried to identify liberals with everything they think the American people hate, or ought to hate: wimpy foreign policy, reckless spendthrift domestic policies, softness on crime, shameless personal behavior, give-aways to the undeserving poor (conservatives are all in favor of incentives to the deserving rich), plus godlessness and an attitude of blame-America-first.

Call something "liberal" and you don't have to explain why it's bad. End of argument.
George H.W. Bush used to spit out the loathsome word. It's a favorite epithet of hordes of right-wing bloviators and Republican candidates and conservative pseudo-intellectuals in subsidized think tanks.
The conservative propaganda has been all-too-successful. So successful that many liberals themselves prefer to call themselves something else, usually "progressives."
I think it's long past time for liberals stop apologizing for the great American liberal tradition and proclaim it proudly.
Ours is the tradition of Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Harry S Truman, John Kennedy and, yes, Lyndon Johnson.
Liberals have fought for every advance in American society, usually against bitter, even hysterical, conservative resistance:
Child labor laws. The eight-hour workday. The minimum wage. Graduated income tax (which many conservatives still consider the work of the devil). Direct election of senators. Women's suffrage. Pure food and drug laws.
Social Security, the Securities and Exchange Commission, insured savings at banks, rural electrification, the Tennessee Valley Authority, wages and hours legislation. Labor's right to organize, bargain and strike.
Medicare. Medicaid. Head Start. Peace Corps. Food stamps. Federal aid to education. Legal services. Clean-air and clean-water laws. The National Endowment for the Arts. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
What is a liberal? We liberals believe in the open mind and the open society. We believe in fair play, civil liberties and due process of law. We believe in open government, without which liberty is in jeopardy. We believe in the constitutional arrangement of three co-equal branches of government and we are highly suspicious of concentrated power in any of them. We are equally suspicious of concentrated economic power.
Contrary to the conservative party line, we liberals believe in personal responsibility. We believe in holding people in high office responsible when they fail to live up to their responsibilities, when they flout the law and the Constitution. We hold in scorn the people in high office who refuse to take responsibility or blame for their own failures and who pass out honors, rewards and promotions to each other while passing the buck down.
Liberals believe in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights -- free speech, a free press, freedom of religion, the right to counsel, the right to be considered innocent unless proven guilty, the right to call witnesses in one's own defense and so on. We are proud of the American Civil Liberties Union, which defends those rights, and we are scornful of those who mock it as "liberal" or "leftist."
We believe in a strong national defense, but we have learned from experience that the United States can't go it alone, that military power is only one facet of strength and that a truly strong nation is one whose economy is strong, whose citizens are educated and where everyone is equal in rights, responsibility and opportunity.
We believe, in the words of the Declaration of Independence, that all men are created equal, and that goes for women, too. We believe in equal opportunity for all and special privilege for none.
We believe that every citizen is entitled to a living wage, to medical care, to an education and to security in his or her old age. We believe in conserving our environment for future generations, not in despoiling it for short-term profits. We don't believe in borrowing to finance massive tax cuts for the wealthy that our children and grandchildren will have to pay off.
We liberals believe, as Franklin Roosevelt declared, that "the test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have little."
And we don't believe that the American people are so stupid that they can continue to be distracted by nonissues like flag-burning and gay marriage from the disastrous Iraq adventure, the attacks on their liberties and the abundance being showered on those who have much.
First published on September 26, 2007 by Leonard Boasberg

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Back to School!

I wish everyone a great first day back to school!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

On The Occassion of our Fiftith Annivarsary

Marriage is: An honorable agreement among men as to their conduct toward women, and it was devised by women.
Marriage is :The alliance of two people, one of whom never remembers birthdays and the other never forgets them.
Marriage is: The way man finds out what kind of husband his wife would have preferred.
These are all a crock! Make no mistake, I have a lot of questions about marriage, but these platitudes do not help. After fifty years of research, some empirical, some not, I learned far too late that marriage is falling in love everyday! I was able to fall in love but not as often as I would have liked, or as often as she deserved.

I fell in love the first time with a willowy seventeen year old cheerleader, soprano, French horn player, who was employed by JC Penney’s and who I still remember vividly today with great fondness.
I fell in love a second time with a beautiful Indiana co-ed who was majoring in music education, working 20 hours a week in the music office, who played Laurie in the college production of Oklahoma. I fell in love every time I saw it.
I fell in love again with a resourceful young mother, who dealt easily with a house at 127 Bon Aire Drive, three lovely children, and a husband who was not home much.
I fell in love a fourth time with a talented music teacher, who took over a music program in a Butler school, and founded a glee club at St Fidelis Seminary, starred in MTG productions, and continued to raise five lovely children.
I fell in love yet again, with an energetic working mother/wife who looked after an aging mother requiring daily visits, established a private teaching studio, directed a church choir and made dinner for anywhere from seven to sixteen people each day.
Finally I fell in love with an elegant grandmother, who always put the needs of her “grandkids” first, who never forgot that she had a husband, a sister, a mother-in-law and five lovely children, continuing to teach some 30 plus students each week.
Yes I fell in love many times, but always with Claudette.
I remember how natural it felt to start out together, how comfortable we were despite all the crazy stuff that was happening in the world around us.
I knew I had found a companion for life’s journey, someone who would stay beside me, no matter how rough the road or where it took us.
Fifty years have quickly pasted. But I feel the same way now as I did fifty years ago when I first fell in love with that willowy cheerleader/soprano/French horn player, who worked part time at JC Penneys..
As I said at the beginning, I still have questions about marriage, these are but a few:
How do you keep the music playing, how do you make it last?
How do you keep the song from fading too fast?
How do you lose yourself to someone? And never lose your ways,
How do you not run out of new things to say?
And since we’re always changing, how can it be the same?
And tell me how year after year, You’re sure your heart will fall apart
Each time you hear her name.
I know the way I feel for you, will last forever
The more I love, the more that I’m afraid that in your eyes I may not see forever, forever
If we can be the best of lovers ,yet be the best of friends.
If we can try with everyday to make it better as it grows,
With any luck, then I suppose, the music will never end.
I feel anything is possible, I know we can count on each other, and I want to go on sharing everything on life’s journey with Claudette.

Friday, August 17, 2007

A Note of Thanks to Our Wonderful Children

Our gratitude for the time,planning and expense of our recent fiftieth anniversary celebration is beyond expression. All the events had a touch of love and thoughtfulness that did not escape our attention. We are so fortunate to be able to enjoy the company of our adult children. We not only cherish the love of you all as children, but we respect and love you all for the adults that you have become.

This respect and love is extended to include your beautiful spouses and of course to your wonderful children. Please know that you are the most important people in our lives; that each one of you holds a special place in our hearts; that we appreciate your making time to visit us; that we look forward to the time we spend together; that the love we have for each other will grow and expand to encompass all the grandchildren and beyond.

Thanks for everything, Mom and Dad

Claudette and Vincent Sanzotti Celebrate 50th Anniversary

To have a happy marriage you need two people who choose to love each other loyally and exclusively, people like Claudette and Vincent Sanzotti. Their fiftieth anniversary is proof of that love and commitment.

They were married August 17,1957, and will celebrated with a special family dinner August 11,2007 at the Stone Mansion Restaurant in Wexford.

Claudette and Vince met in high school and after college were married in Butler, Pa at St. Michael's Church. Their common love of music, and for each other soon developed into many other loves to share. Their parents, their children, and grandchildren and the many other family and friends that have had the privilege of sharing the past 50 years and more with them.

Vincent spent 32 years as a music educator and band director at Butler Senior High School. He has been a member of the Butler County Symphony and the Musician's Concert Band for 40 plus years and 20 plus years. Vincent is a past director of music at St. Michael's Church and has directed many productions for the Musical Theater Guild over the years.

Claudette Sanzotti is retired as the choral conductor and music director of the Hill Presbyterian Church and the director/founder of the St. Fidelis Seminary Glee Club. She is a past president of the Butler County Symphony Association and has been involved as a performer and director of many Musical Theater Guild productions. She is also the founder and director of the jazz vocal group Swingsation.

Claudette and Vincent have five children; Vincent P., Bryan J., Christina Savannah, Michael J., and Victoria Ban. They have nine grandchildren.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Horse Shows

Maria and Natalie have both participated in horse shows. Maria in May and Natalie in June on Father's Day. Thanks to all the family who came to support her. Maria took a second place and a third place on a horse owned by the barn we ride with. Her name is Sweet Peach. Natalie took a first place and a second place on a horse owned by her instructor named Just My Size although we always call him Comet. Both horses are Arabians and both girls ride English style or "hunt seat". They are both required to know how to walk, trot and reverse their horses and Maria was required to canter her horse also. We thought it was a very successful first show and good experience for both of them. Mike's buying me a shirt that says "Horse Mom". I'm learning something new about it every day.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Hayley did it!

Our Hayley travelled to Orlando and had great success. As a result of her regional performance, she earned the right to compete in Florida. Hayley is one of only 1,600 gymnasts that compete at level 9 in the United States. She was one of eighty gymnasts that made it to Nationals and in her age group came in 7th all-around.

Congratulations to Hayley and all the Chicago Sanzottis for a towering achievement, a job well done. We are all proud of you and love you very much.

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Our Best Friend...

Osborne will be deeply missed. He was a very special dog.

To Osborn, a good friend

You're giving me a special gift,
So sorrowfully endowed,
And through these last few cherished days,
Your courage makes me proud.
But really, love is knowing
When your best friend is in pain,
And understanding earthly actsWill only be in vain.
So looking deep into your eyes,
Beyond, into your soul,I see in you the magic, that will
Once more make me whole.
The strength that you possess,
Is why I look to you today,To do this thing that must be done,
For it's the only way.
That strength is why I've followed you,
And chose you as my friend,
And why I've loved you all these years...My partner 'til the end.
Please, understand just what this gift,
You're giving, means to me,
It gives me back the strength I've lost,
And all my dignity.
You take a stand on my behalf,
For that is what friends do.
And know that what you do is right,
For I believe it too.
So one last time, I breathe your scent,
And through your hand I feel,
The courage that's within you,
To now grant me this appeal.
Cut the leash that holds me here,
Dear friend, and let me run,
Once more a strong and steady dog,
My pain and struggle done.
And don't despair my passing,
For I won't be far away,
Forever here, within your heart,
And memory I'll stay.
I'll be there watching over you,
Your ever faithful friend,
And in your memories I'll run,
...a young dog once again.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

The Mayonnasie Jar

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 Hours in a day is not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and 2 cups of coffee. A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if t he jar was full. They agreed that it was. The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full.. They agreed it was. The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with an unanimous "yes." The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table And poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the Empty space between the sand. The students laughed. "Now," said the professor, as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things - God, family, children, health, friends, and Favorite passions -- things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, house, and car. The sand is everything else -- the small stuff. "If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. So... Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play With your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. "Take care of the golf balls first -- the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand." One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coff ee represented. The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked". It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend"

Monday, May 28, 2007

A Great Trip

Our trip to Hawaii was wonderful in every way. Maui is a great place to visit, we saw the sunrise at Halaleckela, toured the Hana Highway, visited the Ocean Center, watched the sun set at Willea Beach. On Kaua'i, we rode a helicopter, took a supper cruise to NaPalii Coast, visited Momma Fish House,Gaylords, and Portofinos. We drove to Hanalei Coast and Princeville Hotel and Resort. Saw the dry and wet caves, watched kite surfers for the first time, got to see some dolphins at sea. We learned a lot about our fiftith state, and enjoy the resorts at which we stayed. The Marriott Willea and the Kaua'i Marriott are great places with good locations. The plane ride was excessively looooong. We love you all and we are glad to be home, looking forward to seeing everyone in August.

Happy Memorial Day

What a beautiful day to celebrate our military heros. We celebrated here in Butler with some attending the annual parade, Maria and I had to shoe shop, and then enjoying a picnic lunch here in Meadowood. The weather was beautiful and we moved the party on down to Penn Street to enjoy the pool. Hope you all had a great weekend also. Can't wait to get together in August.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Savannah Update

It's been a busy time in the Savannah household. We finally had our new cooktop and ovens installed and we decided it was a good time to paint the kitchen too. While that was happening, Natalie played in Mom's piano recital, Maria is preparing for her band concert tonight, Jessica and I played an all day gig for the local High School Musical Showcase and we're gearing up for the horse show on Saturday. The girls are looking forward to summer which will consist of as many summer activities as Natalie can think of, horse camp, dance camp, nature camp . . . We are planning a trip to Hershey in June and we'll stop in State College for a quick visit on the way. We'll top the summer off with the big anniversary bash in August. We can't to see everyone then! Hope everyone is well and Mom and Dad are enjoying Hawaii!
Go Hayley!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, April 23, 2007

Hayley made Nationals!

This weekend, Hayley competed in the USGA Region 5 Level 9 and 10 Championship along with over 500 other gymnasts from Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and Kentucky. The meet took place at Northwood University in Midland Michigan.
After a slow start (the session before ours ran about 1 1/2 hours longer than expected) Hayley began with her floor rotation. We saw with the first session that the judges were being very tight with their scoring. Throughout the meet season, we saw scores of 9.5 and 9.65 on some events, most scores here were in the low nines and mid eights. It was clear that if she wanted to make it to nationals, she would have to hit 4 for 4...
Hayley was having some problems with one of her tumbling passes on floor and her coaches made a quick change just before competing. It lowered her start value but, I think it made her feel a little more at ease. Although it was not her very best floor routine, she looked great and pulled off a 9.100.
Hayley next moved to vault which has not always been her favorite rotation but, again she stood up both vaults and got a 8.925 which based on previous scoring of some of the regions best vaulters, was pretty respectable.
Off to bars where Hayley has had the most issues. During warm-ups and her touch prior to competing, we thought for sure she would loose it. She simply could not hit her blind and kept pealing off. Well, come time for her routine, she nailed it (again not her best but, she hit it) and scored a 8.925.
Now we knew that the previous session winner had an all around of 36.300 so she knew what she needed to do in order to at least try to make the top 10 and beam was her opportunity to bring it together.
As she moved to beam you could see that she was nervous. Pam and I were totally on edge as a single fall would mean that she would not make it. The crowd was quite large at this point as the evening session was beginning to filter in. Hayley's old coach also showed up and decided that he would stand near by to watch adding to the pressure.
Well, she nailed it, one of her best beam routines with a 9.350.
So...Hayley ended the meet with a 36.350 all around which beat the first session winner and we thought for sure that she would at least make the top ten.
During awards, we were surprised to see how close the competitors scores were. There were ties throughout with all around scores being the tie breakers.
Hayley ended up placing on vault (9th), bars (9th) and beam (3rd). She ended up in 14th place for floor which did not place and when they started calling up the all around winners we were so surprised to hear that she came in 3rd place! So many of the competitors were hitting one or two events and Hayley's consistent performance allowed her to stay at the top for the all around.
From our region, 12 girls were chosen to go to nationals in Florida this coming May 10 - 13. The top 6 girls have been placed on the Region 5 team where they will compete for the team competition along with their individual placement.
Directly following the meet we were asked to attend a special meeting for all the girls that qualified for nations where we were given packets of information that contained the schedule for the weekend and each girl was then fitted for their leotard and team warm-ups.
A pretty exciting weekend for our Hayley, we are so proud of her accomplishment and hope she has a great time competing in Florida next month.
We love you,

The Chicago Sanzottis'

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to Damien and Megan!

Nick and I are getting ready to take a trip out west to "Vegas". My national cancer registrars association is having their educational conference out there this year and the hospital is allowing me to go. I don't think we will do any gambling but are planning a paddleboat ride on Lake Mead and a Cirque Du Soleil show.

Hope all is well with everyone!

Friday, April 6, 2007

The Return of Winter
The Return of Winter Looks like winter has emerged for one(? ) last go at our sensabilities. Really cold winds and wet snow has been the daily treatment since Wednesday last. But this too will pass. I am almost over my Bullous myringitis, but I will see Dr. Yost on Monday. Mom is good. We had two little girls for an over night Thursday/Friday, and Kate was here for the day on Thursday. Mom and I are starting to put stuff aside for our Hawaii trip, we leave early in the morning May 4th.Events that we are anticipating include: watching Lauren and Kate while Vicky and Nick are in Vegas, The musical"Kiss Me Kate", and a BCSO Concert April 28th. Then off to Hawaii!The plan is to line up some neighbor kids to look after the yard while we are gone, however if any of you could stop up occasionally to check things out, I would appreciate it.More importantly perhaps we could set up a schedule for visiting Grandma while we are gone.

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Saturday, March 31, 2007

Bullous Myringitis

I got it! Saw Dr. Yost Friday and he is treating it very vigorously with Z pack twice and steroids. Mom is feeling much better almost back to normal.
The weather is great and we have been outside working every chance we get. Fished some last Wed. but the water was a bit high and fast. Caught nothing.
Grandma is doing fine, she had a bout with ear clicking for lack of a better word, but she is better now. She continues to get shots in her back and shoulder for pain, and they seem to help some.
Aunt Ellen is now dealing with a blood clot as well as her cancer treatment. Her chemo has been held up until this clot is dealt with, she is taking cumadin as a blood thinner.
Vicky will have her gall bladder out May 15th, she has opted to wait until their return form Vegas.
Easter dinner is at 229 Beechwood on April 6th, everyone is welcome. Love you all Dad

Tuesday, February 27, 2007


Mother had a Laser Lithotrisy to remove kidney stones on Monday. She had two stones , one on each side, that the Dr. thought he removed entirely. The one on the right side was somewhat lodged causing a high degree of irritation and some bleeding. The Dr opted for inserting two stints which will remain for about a month. There is a chance that the left side could come out in about a week. She is better this morning but she was having a hard time getting through the anesthesia aftermath. She is resting today but will probably not resume teaching this week. Love to all Dad

Tuesday, February 13, 2007


I had a good meeting with Dr. Reichwien yesterday concerning my PFO and its closure. I entered the study back in December and I go trandomized to the medication arm of the study (not what I really wanted). That means I will be taking Coumodin for the foreseeable future. I explained to the doctor that I was putting on wieght and my blood pressure was going up because I am a little reluctant to do the types of activities that I would like to do and that if I had the impant device, that I could do the types of activities that I would like to do. He explained that the device is not the absolute fix either. He said that there is just as much risk with the 'experimental' implant device as there is for me being on the medication. He has hundereds of patients and stories on both sides, successes and failures. He went on to say that Hershey Medical Center would not put the device in even if I had the money to pay for it, and that goes for any Hospital running one of these studies. He did say that there are places that I can get a device put in if I wanted to, but he did not recommend that course. He also added that this device may be disproven and if I had been randomized to the device arm, that I would then be stuck with this device in my chest forever (unless it needed to be extracted via surgery). He reinforced that my defect is in the lowest range of the medium to high risk category and he siad that I should not be reluctant to go back to a certain level of physical fitness. He siad that I would have to judge for myself what that level is and what level makes me feel good with the least amount of risk (i.e. skiing at a really busy ski area, or playing very competitive soccer). I guess I could get hit by a golf ball on the golf course, so does that mean I should not play golf? I suppose the risk of getting in an accident driving to work in the morning is the greater risk vs. falling off of my bike.

I am going to continue on the Coumodin and keep tabs on my health and see how it goes. There is a chance that the device will be approved and I could get it inserted, but right now the recommendation is to wait and see. There is lots of reasearch going on relative to PFO's and tomorrow it may all change...Love, Michael.

Monday, January 29, 2007

We celebrated Maria's birthday on January 28th at our house. She's now 12 years old which is odd because I'm not any older at all. In attendance, Nana, Grandma and Grandpa, Aunt Becky, Jessica, Aunt Vicky, Uncle Nick, Lauren, Katie, Aunt Joanne, Uncle Ken, Mom and Dad and Natalie. We had a wonderful dinner topped off with the cheesecake you see hear and Aunt Joanne's Lemon Pie. Thank you all for a wonderful day!

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Great Time in Jackson, WY

Dawn and I had a great time in Jackson last week. We had met some new friends and had a few great days skiing in the Teton range. It is the best ski area I have ever skied! Vince, you have to go there.We had a bit of trouble getting home. Denver had snow and our flight into Denver was delayed, therefore our fly out of Denver was delayed and we missed our connection to State College. We ended up getting a late flight back east to Philly (arriving at 2:30 am EST) and driving to State College (arriving at 6:30 am EST). Pretty crazy, but we made it. The first picture is Dawn and I at the almost top of the mountain. You can see the plains below the clouds. The next shot is us relaxing in the sun after skiing. The third shot is the Reese's house. Talk to you all soon. We are off to NJ this weekend to see Brett and Jen (they are 11 weeks pregnant!).

Love, Michael.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Little Nana is Ninety-seven

On Saturday, 1/13/07, Grandma was feted at 229 Beechwood on the occasion of her 97th birthday.A wonderful lunch was enjoyed, gifts were opened and we had a few laughs. It was a great party, thanks to everyone! We are so fortunate to have Grandma, she is very sharp and alert, and an interesting conversationalist. Visit her when you can.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

I think some of you were having problems with the blog. I think it should be ggod to go now. If not please send me your email adddresses so that i can re-add your info to the blog setup. If you have not given me your gmail address, please do (Haley, Megan, Eric, Pam...) I will add it right away.


I am in Manattan, Kansas right now and having a good time. See you all on Saturday.

Love, Michael.

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Hope everyone is fine

Mom and I visit with Michael and Dawn and had a very nice dinner at Fugi-Jade in State College this past week end(Jan6-7). We had taken all side roads, country two laners, on the way to SC and visited Plumville,Punxy,Rural Valley,Tyrone, Phillipsburg and the like. Got home safely on Sunday about 4PM.
Looks like our walls in the bathroom and foyer are in for treat! New wall paper is in their future.
A lunch party for Little Nana is in the works for Saturday Jan 13th at 229 Beechwood. She will be 97 on the 15th of January. She is doing fine and will need a new hearing aid that will be forthcoming on Friday Jan 12th with at least an examination with Avada in Butler.
All our grandchildren are beautiful and way above average in talent and intelligence!
The fishing could be better! Love you all

Tuesday, January 2, 2007

New Website

Check out this new website. If you make it through the video, you may see someone you know at the end.

Monday, January 1, 2007

Happy New Year to All, We Love you!