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
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
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
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
Happy Father's Day dad!
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Sunday, January 3, 2016
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.