The Internet is Rude.

08. February 2019 Gina DeNicola 4
The Internet is Rude.
When I wrote last week’s post, I was scared. I was scared when I put the words down on paper.  I was scared when I hit the word “Publish” on my WordPress page.  I was scared when I sent a preview paragraph to my sister, who already knew all the information in that paragraph. I ...

To Thine Own Self Be True.

01. February 2019 Gina DeNicola 8
To Thine Own Self Be True.
  When I landed in Ottumwa Iowa a few weeks ago, all my preconceived notions were pretty much confirmed as soon as I stepped out of the airport.  I assumed it would be cold and I expected there would be a lot of nothing.  As I climbed into my rental car, I knew I was right ...

Can It Get Worse?

Can It Get Worse?
As sat on the bus drinking my coffee, in freezing cold Canada, I was desperately looked around for a box of tissues.  It seems all the traveling, time changes, and new schedules has resulted in a head cold.  Having a cold on a tour is the absolute worst.  There is no sleeping in because you ...

Reflections of the past three months

19. December 2017 Gina DeNicola 1
Reflections of the past three months
As I sat all alone in the airport hotel waiting for my breakfast, I had some time to reflect on the last three months. When my husband and I talked about this job, I was trying hard to convince him it would be fun. He wanted to stay home, and I wanted to go out ...

Help Fund the Poor Urban Educator

02. December 2017 Gina DeNicola 0
Help Fund the Poor Urban Educator
When you are a parent and you are raising those small children, usually the first question you ask yourself is, “when am I ever going to sleep again”.  The second question usually is, “I hope they grow up to be good, kind adults”.  Well, at least that was my thought process. I am very proud ...

One Cold Night in Pittsburgh…

21. November 2017 Gina DeNicola 2
One Cold Night in Pittsburgh…
As I sat in the Production office of the arena in Loveland, CO I realized so much has happened since my last post. I sat at the table with my cup of coffee and the smell of a lingering rodeo, one event came to mind loud and clear.  It happened in Pittsburgh, PA and I ...

Dominick A. Lockwood

Dominick A. Lockwood
I worked as a Paralegal in a tiny law office in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. It was a job that saved me in a lot of small ways. There were two Partners in that law firm, Dominick A. Lockwood and Janet Jackson and we were all like a family.  One horrible morning, 15 years ago today, Dominick ...

The Evolution of Gina’s Wallet

The Evolution of Gina’s Wallet
  First, it was my 50 Coats for a 50th Birthday campaign.  Then it was several couples that needed help with giving kids a better life by opening their homes and giving them a family.  Most recently it is a kids hockey team trying to make it to Nationals from Washington state to Florida. Giving ...

The E Train, Kindness and Scams

24. February 2017 Gina DeNicola 1
The E Train, Kindness and Scams
  If you know me well, you know that I use to be a single mom. A struggling single mom from the time my kids were three and four until they were about 13 and 14. Because fish sticks were cheaper in bulk, we ate a lot of them.  Because Cheerios were also cheaper in ...

She came, she cared, she left.

She came, she cared, she left.
I heard a quote once from an older lady who was talking about how she wanted people to remember her when she was gone.  She said this…She came, she cared, she left. I thought to myself that’s how I want people to remember me and it got me thinking about 2016, what kind of impact ...

50 Coats for a 50th Birthday

30. November 2016 Gina DeNicola 2
50 Coats for a 50th Birthday
So this February I turn 50. Part of me is really surprised that I’m fifty because in my head I feel about 30.  But some mornings when I wake up and crawl out of bed, I’m shocked that I’m only 50, my body feels 100 with its aches and pains, and God forbid I have ...

Teaching, Kindness And Common Sense.

15. February 2016 Gina DeNicola 1
Teaching, Kindness And Common Sense.
I was sitting on the couch in the rental house in Albany, trying desperately to stay warm with a hot cup of tea and thinking about my little teaching gig last week. I had remembered the night before I was to teach three very excited girls how to make quiche, pie crust, cinnamon buns, and croissants. ...

You’re Doing Just Fine.

You’re Doing Just Fine.
I look for inspiration everywhere, and often I get it from Facebook. Sometimes all it takes is a quote from Gandhi or Julia Child, but it will usually set the wheels in motion. Yesterday it was from the Author Elizabeth Gilbert; I have become slightly obsessed with her these last few weeks and for good ...

Kindness and Hatchets

Kindness and Hatchets
  As I sat in my apartment the Monday morning after my son’s wedding, I practiced “Just Being.” Rob, my husband, was out of town; my parents were still at their hotel, and I was 100% completely alone. I sat there on my couch, no television, no radio, nothing to distract me but my thoughts ...