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Peace and Destruction

This is a peaceful scene of a Japanese fisherman fishing off a bridge in the mountains.  This hand painted and signed Japanese silkscreen painting has something that is not so very peaceful associated with it though.  As a matter of fact it is the opposite of peace and relates to utter and complete evil. and destruction.  Perhaps you will be able to understand what I am referring too with a little more information to follow here.

The painting was given to my father-in law by an architect in Detroit, Michigan many years ago when he was working with him on some projects as a contractor in the Detroit area.  My father-in law, Albert Petrucci was close friends with an architect named Minoru Yamasaki who gave him this painting at the conclusion of one of the projects they worked on together.  Minoru came to Detroit in 1945 and started out working for a firm called Smith, Hinchman & Grylls, and then went on to form his own firm called Yamasaki & Associates.

Minoru Yamasaki is best known for the design of the original twin towers called the World Trade Center towers in New York City.  At one time, the towers were the tallest in the world at 1368′ and 1362′ tall.  The towers were destroyed on September 11, 2001 when al-Qaeda Islamic terrorist flew American Airlines planes into the buildings. The buildings stood for more than 30 years and were leveled within 1 hour and 42 minutes on that fateful day when almost 3000 people were murdered.


John 10:10 KJV

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

John 14:27 KJV

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled, nether let it be afraid. 


Papa’s Family Recipes

Papa Family Recipes Cover Chair March 9 2015

Tomorrow, Monday May 25th is the last day you can get a free copy of my latest book on Amazon

“Papa’s Family Recipes.” 

Make sure you get a copy to read if you have not already and have a great Memorial Day!

Click on the Link below to take you to the site.

Papa’s Family Recipes – Free Book


Papa’ Family Recipes

Papa Family Recipes Cover Chair March 9 2015

With the upcoming Memorial Day Holidays I am making my latest book “Papa’s Family Recipes” available on Amazon from Thursday, May 21st – Monday, May 25th for a period of (5) days.

Papa’s Family Recipes is a true story about my late father-in law, Alberto Petrucci, the son of emigrant Italian parents from Detroit, Michigan. Alberto went on to become one of the largest contractors in the Midwest.  Alberto, known to those in his family as “Papa”, had a passion for cooking and loving his family.  Papa left behind a treasure trove of tasty Petrucci family recipes that you will love.  Have you ever met someone you liked the very first time you met them?  That is what people said about Papa.

Grab a free copy and have a great Memorial Day weekend!  I appreciate any reviews if you have time to leave one!

Click Link below to take you to Papa’s Family Recipes

Amazon – Papa’s Family Recipes Free Book

Papa’s Family Recipes

Papa Family Recipes Cover Chair March 9 2015

I just finished my new book called “Papa’s Family Recipes” which was written in honor of my late father-in law Alberto Petrucci.  Alberto was the son of emigrant parents from the city of Detroit and went on to become one of the largest contractors in the Midwest.  He was a very kind, caring, and humble man who loved his family deeply.

Papa also had a passion for cooking and was quite good at it.  He left behind a treasure trove of his favorite family recipes for everyone to try.  His spaghetti sauce is unbelievable!  This was a somewhat emotional book to write as I reflected upon the years we spent together before his illness and eventual death. Have you ever met someone you liked the very first time you met them? That was the man called “Papa”.

Papa will soon be available at Barnes and Noble and is now available as an e-book on Amazon for pre-order at the link below.  Papa will be published on Friday, March 27th.  I hope you enjoy reading Papa’s Family Recipes!

Papa’s Family Recipes – Amazon 


Beautiful images

“Once the house was lovely, but it’s lonely here to-day.

For time has come an’ stained its walls an’ called the young away;

An’ all that’s left for mother an’ for me till life is through

Is to sit an’ tell each other what the children used to do.

We couldn’t keep em’ always an’ we knew it from the start.

We knew when they were babies that some day we’d have to part.

But the years go by so swiftly, an’ the littlest one has flown. 

An’ there’s only me an’ mother now left here to live alone.

Oh, there’s just one consolation, as we’re sittin’ here at night.

They’ve grown to men an’ women, an’ we brought ’em up all right,

We’ve watched ’em as we’ve loved ’em an’ they’re splendid every one, 

An’ we feel the Lord won’t blame us for the way our work was done.”

By Edgar Guest

This poem was written by Edgar Guest who was born in Birmingham, England and eventually moved to Detroit, Michigan.  He worked for the Detroit Free Press in Michigan for many years and wrote more than eleven thousand poems in his lifetime. He was known as the “People’s Poet”.

It is so true how fast life goes by each one of us. We need to savor the moments and enjoy every moment with our children. After a while, they soon fly away and the circle of life continues on. Just do the best you can and train them up in the way they should go. If you’ve done your best, that’s all anyone can ask for!