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Author Archives: Rev. Tony Marciano

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 »

Real Help for Real Living: You can’t drive with only a  rearview mirror’s view

Real Help for Real Living: You can’t drive with only a rearview mirror’s view

One item I checked off my bucket list was to do infield ministry at Talladega Motor Speedway. Motor Racing Outreach (MRO) invited me to join them for the October, 2014… Read more »

Real Help for Real Living: Where in the world did you get  THAT crazy idea?

Real Help for Real Living: Where in the world did you get THAT crazy idea?

I grew up in a town just outside of New York City where many first-generation Italians made home as they landed in America and, because of that, the town was… Read more »