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Author Archives: Rev. Tony Marciano

My wife and I fight  about her ‘dark’ roots

My wife and I fight about her ‘dark’ roots

I married a blonde. This geek who can’t dribble a ball, catch a ball or throw a ball married a blonde. I was – and still am – in heaven…. Read more »

I got a train set, and what does everyone remember?

I got a train set, and what does everyone remember?

The year was 1964. “The Addams Family” TV show was all the rage. In one episode, Gomez Addams was running two trains at full speed, and you knew they were… Read more »

I’ve got a Taylor Swift song ‘Frozen’ in my head

I’ve got a Taylor Swift song ‘Frozen’ in my head

The only sport I was ever good at was whitewater canoeing. No, I didn’t say whitewater rafting – whitewater canoeing. I was old school. I used aluminum canoes, not the… Read more »

Invite me to breakfast and I’ll always order grits, not home fries

Invite me to breakfast and I’ll always order grits, not home fries

When I was a kid, my dad and I would go out for breakfast on Saturday mornings before going fishing. We would leave at 5 a.m. and arrive at the… Read more »

Real Help for Real Living: I thought I was OCD about managing my calendar, until…

Real Help for Real Living: I thought I was OCD about managing my calendar, until…

I work hard at managing my calendar – really hard. I try not to schedule two meetings at the same time. I’ve learned “beam me up, Scottie” doesn’t work, so… Read more »

Real Help for Real Living: One moment I was attending a wedding; the next moment I was watching ‘The Godfather’

Real Help for Real Living: One moment I was attending a wedding; the next moment I was watching ‘The Godfather’

I think weddings should be long – 45 minutes minimum. I’ve conducted weddings as short as 11 minutes; your seat’s not even warm, and the bride is already walking back… Read more »

Real Help for Real Living: I got the most amazing gift

Real Help for Real Living: I got the most amazing gift

Growing up in the late 1950s and early 1960s, there were no video games. I remember my sister had a game called “bop baseball.” It was a board about 2… Read more »

Real Help for Real Living: How I spent my Christmas vacation

Real Help for Real Living: How I spent my Christmas vacation

This is my “how I spent my Christmas vacation” essay. Day One (Dec. 26): My son, Ed, announces he needs to rent a truck to get away and wants to… Read more »

Real Help for Real Living: I hope you got a broken Etch A Sketch for Christmas

Real Help for Real Living: I hope you got a broken Etch A Sketch for Christmas

When I was a kid, we always went to my grandmother’s house after eating our Christmas Day dinner. It was the perfect time to see what everyone received for Christmas…. Read more »

Real Help for Real Living: The day I sang the “Mighty Mouse”  song in church

Real Help for Real Living: The day I sang the “Mighty Mouse” song in church

When I was a young pastor, I led the congregational singing of hymns and preached the sermons. My father used to say that my preaching was really good, but my… Read more »