Cuba, Delayed Flights, and Entitled People

22. February 2019 Gina DeNicola 2
Cuba, Delayed Flights, and Entitled People
My trip to Cuba was great, and it was everything I wanted it to be and maybe more.  I had a hard time even believing we were in a communist country. Don’t get me wrong; there were plenty of visible signs, crumbling buildings that people called home, literally hundreds of people on the side road ...

Hope, Love, and a little bit of Magic.

15. February 2019 Gina DeNicola 2
Hope, Love, and a little bit of Magic.
Writing is a weird thing, well for me it is anyway. It starts as a kernel, almost a tingling in the pit of my stomach, if I ignore it, it will go away, if I sit there and foster it, it will turn into words, then words will turn into paragraphs and then eventually a ...

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 ...

If We Were Having Coffee – Part 5

If We Were Having Coffee – Part 5
If we were having coffee, this time we might have to FaceTime or Skype each other in our own cozy coffee shops because I’ve been on the road for so long. So, I’d settle in some random city coffee place and order a latte in a mug because I planned on being here for a ...

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 ...

Day 2 of Detox and Rebooting

Day 2 of Detox and Rebooting
So, yesterday I started a 40-day detox.  Initially my goal, I’m not gonna lie, was to lose a few pounds, but as I was preparing last week, I decided I was going to treat these 40 days as more of a reboot for not only my body but for my mind as well.  Surprisingly yesterday ...

Let Me Paint You A Picture

Let Me Paint You A Picture
  Let me paint a picture for you. Yesterday Nashville got its first “snow storm” of the year, it went from 65 degrees to 23 degrees in just 24 hours.  The icy winter day turned into an ice and snow filled night.  It was windy and cold. I was getting ready for bed, and the ...

Goodbye 2017

31. December 2017 Gina DeNicola 0
Goodbye 2017
  I know Instagram has your most liked nine pictures of 2017, they will put them all together so you can remember the year, post them, and share them with everyone. Heck, I even did it, but I thought I could come up with better pictures than Instagram for 2017. 2017 brought me to so ...

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 ...

If We Were Having Coffee – Part Four

13. December 2017 Gina DeNicola 0
If We Were Having Coffee – Part Four
As I sat in a cold production office somewhere in Canada, I realized it had been awhile since we’ve sat and had coffee. I looked back at my previous “If We Were Having Coffee – Part Two” and realized it had been almost six months. So much has changed in that six months so I ...

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 ...

Fear of the Selfie

01. November 2017 Gina DeNicola 1
Fear of the Selfie
Some of you may not be aware of what I’ve been doing since the middle of September aside from not writing, so I’ll bring you up to speed.  I have been touring the US and parts of Canada with a kids theater show. It’s exhausting. It’s fun. It’s pushed me so far outside of my ...

Was that Sexual Harassment?

Was that Sexual Harassment?
  The year was 1991. I was 24 years old and four months pregnant, but I wasn’t showing. I was three years into an abusive marriage, not physical, but mental abuse. I had been laid off from my previous job, and I needed this job. It was my first real job as a Paralegal.  It ...

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 ...

Stuck in the Space Between

Stuck in the Space Between
As I sat on my balcony with a big cup of coffee in one of my oldest and most favorite mugs, on one of Nashville’s most perfect mornings, I looked out over the downtown and the amphitheater. The mug was from my single mom days, and it is an actual miracle that it has survived ...

Holding Your Breath

Holding Your Breath
As I stepped onto the pier, the air seemed cleaner, my head felt clearer somehow, and I sat on what felt like the edge of the world, I just took a deep breath. Things in my little corner of the world were moving along smoothly. We are here in Chicago for a couple of weeks ...

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 ...

Wire Frame Glasses

Wire Frame Glasses
I have been in New York for roughly five months, and it took me just about all of it to head out to Long Island to see my Aunt and Uncle and as I sat on the train watching Long Island fade into the background, I couldn’t help but think about my father.  I have ...

James Joseph DeNicola 1944 – 2017

James Joseph DeNicola 1944 – 2017
My biological father died today.  I have been searching around this room trying to locate my feelings as if they were stashed under this pile of books on my desk.  The truth is I don’t know how to feel, which in turn keeps me searching.  I have only seen Jimmy three or four times since ...

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 ...

We’re Going to be OK.

We’re Going to be OK.
  It was 10:45 am on Inauguration Eve, I was sitting on my couch all alone in Nashville, the confirmation hearings were playing in the background, and I looked up to see an airplane flying in the sky on the upper right-hand corner of my tv.  He was headed to Washington, in a plane that ...

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 ...

Wishing for a 2005 Christmas or am I?

23. December 2016 Gina DeNicola 0
Wishing for a 2005 Christmas or am I?
I woke up this morning and checked Facebook like I do every morning. I had a newsfeed filled with Christmas trees, talk of grocery shopping for the big dinner, Latkes recipes and parents sitting on couches with little children in front of their Christmas trees drinking hot chocolate waiting on the big guy. Families are ...

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 ...