Stories From Phil

Super Moms

Super Moms

My grandmothers were Super Moms, not the type to take you to soccer games or join the local school parent council and they wouldn’t mind if you played outside all day and into the night. Not that other moms of the day don’t allow the same but it was a bit different back in the day.  As Italian immigrants we lived in a home in downtown Toronto on Shaw Street. My Mother at the time was always helping around the house with my grandmother leading the way. My uncles and my dad were all working as there were not many jobs available for Italian women at the time. So they cleaned, took care of the garden, made pasta from scratch, the tomato sauce was from scratch too, in fact everything was from scratch, they sewed your ripped pants, smacked you in the but when you needed to be smacked,  gave you the right remedies when you were sick and they loved the hell out of you! They were all-around Super Mothers! 

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That “Aggh” Feeling

That “Aggh” Feeling

Aggh isn’t it nice when you take a swig of cold beer, a sip of your favourite vino, bite into your favourite protein and swallow your favourite ice cream until your head explodes or if you’re not into any of that, maybe when you munch on some carrots?

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The Superhero in All of Us

The Superhero in All of Us

Superman, Batman and Robin, Spiderman, and yes, Speedy Gonzalez were some of my favourite superheroes. Although some like Speedy were animated characters, in fact they all were at one time, these guys knew how to handle a situation. Whether it was saving lives from falling planes, rescuing people from evil doers in Gotham City or Speedy running around at supersonic speeds to help the villagers and his envious cousin, Slowpoke Rodriguez.

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Spring Nuts!

Spring Nuts!

Ahhh, spring is in the air, you know, that crisp feeling of anticipation, the faint smell of morning mist, the longer days, the cool air at night that will soon turn to warm breezes and sizzling barbecues, Friday night get-togethers and long awaited swims. Not to mention cold beer and tee off times!
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No Rubber Gloves!

No Rubber Gloves!

So I’m in the process of thinking about my health these days as one should be. I finally get to the doc’s office after I canceled three previous times and the receptionist says to me if I miss this appointment my doc may disown me. He is fantastic! He has been our family guy for a better part of 20 years now; both my kids were born with his helping hands and through thick and thin he has always been there for us.
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