THE COURAGE TO BE

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  1. maryjeanneoliva
    Sep 04, 2017 @ 10:17:19

    Thank you. Carolyn, for the wonderful posts about Joe! I remember Skip-A-Meal and so much more of what you write about your dear Joseph! MJ

    Sent from my iPad



    • Carolyn Grassi
      Oct 29, 2017 @ 19:55:18

      thanks dear Mary Jeanne, Only now figuring how to read and reply to comments.
      Joe’s birthday is soon, November 4th. Am glad you knew him. And I love talking about him to those who knew him personally. hugs and love, Carolyn


  2. john
    Sep 04, 2017 @ 12:37:22

    Hi Sister…tks for all the memories!
    brother John


    • Carolyn Grassi
      Oct 29, 2017 @ 19:53:59

      Thanks bro! I didn’t realize you signed up for the Blog! am only now figuring out how to read comments & make a response. You’ve way more tech savvy than I.
      Yeah, am still using the outdated cell phone, but thanks to you have the Recorder device etc. for Comcast. take care, Carolyn


  3. theotheri
    Sep 05, 2017 @ 12:54:06

    I too want to say thank you for these memorable posts about Joe. I did not know him for long, but his teaching at MMJ college had a profound influence on my thinking which remains with me today.


    • Carolyn Grassi
      Oct 29, 2017 @ 19:56:56

      Terry, ah, the Maryknoll years. You as my “senior novice”, yours a wonderful group,
      as Sr. Marie Paulette, our orchestra leader….So glad you knew Joe. sending love and thanks, yours Cookie


    Sep 07, 2017 @ 09:48:15

    Dear Carolyn, I loved reading this.  Thank you, thank you. Much of it reminded me of Bob – not surprisingly. Peace, Liz


    • Carolyn Grassi
      Oct 29, 2017 @ 19:59:04

      Yes, dear Liz, your Bob and my Joe were similar. Weren’t we blest to meet them via Maryknoll. Apologies for taking so long to reply. Finally figured out this blog tech thing. oy vey, as we say in Brooklyn. Hope you are doing well and feeling Bob’s presence near. love across the miles, Carolyn


  5. Peg
    Oct 30, 2017 @ 09:46:50

    Carolyn, What a delightful cluster of memories of Joe. He was a quiet wonder. I miss him and all of you.



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