I don’t want to look back on my life and think ‘I should have’. I’ve had this attitude since I was a child. My Italian-American grandmother called me a “ruffiana” which means “a free spirit”. One cannot tie a “ruffiana” down. I wanted to experience life, much to the chagrin of my mother. She wanted to protect me from harm. To me that meant missing out on the things that were calling my name. To this day, it amazes me that even though I was shy, I was fearless. Diving In My fearlessness was given every opportunity to express itself during summer family vacations in upstate New York. Except for my grandparents, the remaining 8 members of my Italian-American family would escape the swelte


It’s officially 2018! Did you make any resolutions for the new year? There are always the two biggies that top the list – lose weight and exercise! I can attest that they’ve been very much a part of my resolution lists year after year. Then, lo and behold, I had an epiphany. It’s not about making resolutions that often quickly fall by the wayside. It’s about coming to grips with the bigger picture and what’s important in my life. And, then, the rest seems to fall into place. When I was at that impressionable age as a pre-pubescent teenager, Twiggy was all the rage. She had those big doe eyes, short blond hair and, most importantly, she was stick thin. That bode well for my sister w