Thursday, April 22, 2021

Happy Birthday Dad!

I love you and miss you. I'm sure you would have loved this Red Velvet cake Kalina got to celebrate your 79th Birthday!

Sunday, January 3, 2021

27 Years

2020 was another challenging year, but the silver lining is that 2021 is likely to be far better.

My parents were married at Five Wounds in San Jose (where I was baptized on the same day, a story for another time). In honor of my father's passing, I watched the Five Wounds mass today celebrated by Fr. António Silveira. I was very happy to hear my father's name a couple of times during the service--which you can watch over here.

Dad, I miss you and thank you for watching over mom and I during 2020.

Friday, January 3, 2020

26 Years

2020, the future. While we might not be driving flying cars or vacationing on the moon, we live in a world that is vastly different than just a few decades ago. We store all of the world's information in our pockets, can stream any show ever made in real time on our TVs, and some of the lucky ones have cars that can drive themselves on the freeway. 

My father always loved technology and I can't help but imagine what he would think about the world today or how he would use technology to help others. When he was living in São Miguel, he was actually the first person to televise mass in the Azores to reach as many people as possible. Decades before PowerPoint, he created multimedia slide presentations with transitions and synced music. Long before digital cameras and scanners, he would take photographs and convert them into digital images by drawing them pixel by pixel.

I'm where I am today because he taught me how to use a computer when I was six years old and always encouraged me to use technology to it's fullest. I can't ever fully express how thankful I am for the lessons he taught me in life. 

You will always be missed dad.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

25 Years

Even though it has been a quarter century since my father passed away, I still remember him clearly and feel the impact that he had on the world. He always had tremendous love and empathy in his heart and brought out the best in people.

Today I thought it would be nice to share a few photos of his final resting place, which is right above a statue of Mary inside the Santa Clara Mission Cemetery Chapel. It is a beautiful building with a lot of character that is comfortable to visit year-round. Mass is also celebrated weekly in honor of the deceased. I don't think my mom could have chosen a better place for him.

Thank you dad for being such a great role model. I love you and miss you.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Domingos Rebelo Documentary

As a Father's Day tribute, I uploaded one of my father's video productions to YouTube. This is a short documentary on one of the most famous artists to come from the Azores, Domingos Rebelo. The first half hour is in Portuguese while the English version begins around the 36 minute mark. Huge thank you to Filomena Goulart for providing the video!

Happy Father's Day dad!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

24 Years

Today it has been 24 years since I lost my father to cancer in 1994. I miss him so much and wish he was still here with my me and all those that loved him dearly. Last year was the most difficult year of my adult life, and while I feel he is always with me I wish I could hear his voice and ask for his guidance. 

I love you dad and deeply appreciate everything that you taught me.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

22 Years

Today marks the 22nd anniversary of my father's passing. I went with my mother and wife to the cemetery this morning to visit his grave. Afterwards, we went to a new Portuguese restaurant called Adega, which has replaced Sousa's in San Jose. Despite being a brand new restaurant, it is filled with character. There is a traditional mosaic on the back wall, real tools for making wine are hanging on the walls (Adega means wine cellar), and much of the furniture was hand-built by the owners. The food was absolutely incredible. My father would have loved this place.

Over lunch I asked my mom to tell me something about my father that I did not already know. She said that each year he would get very excited about my birthday. I knew he enjoyed throwing big parties for friends, but what I did not know is that he would spend hours each year coming up with a creative new birthday invitation card. Each year's card was unique, and as an artist he would always do something special. I am going to have to go through storage and find these cards, since I had no idea he did this.