More from Author Nicholas F. Starace II

 

A Family Fulfills its Destiny

Once I finished writing White Sails Became Me: Memoirs of a Seafaring Heritage, I couldn't resist the temptation to stand back and assess my life. I asked myself if I had really achieved my goals. Had I satisfied my philosophy of life? Had my life made a positive difference in anyone else's life? Had I earned the right to be an American, and to deserve the fruits of the American dream? I had no excuses because I had been given every opportunity by friends, family, God and country to grow and prosper. I can truthfully say that without exception I achieved everything I set out to do. But my philosophy of life is that we are put here to salvage our souls, and that ultimately the road to that salvation will be measured not by how much we do for ourselves, but how much we do for others. I'm still working at it and will continue to do so, and I'll have to work especially hard because I have a date with a son waiting for me in heaven, who I surely do not want to disappoint. I'm sorry to say that thus far I haven't quite measured up to making a substantial difference in the lives of many people. Simply put, I'm not sure I possess that innate ability to inspire others. Read more...

 

Survival After 9/11

In spite of 9/11 and the terrorist activity since then, I know we shall prevail. The American trait I admire the most is our resilience in the face of the most severe adversity. Somehow we always manage to pick ourselves up, reassess, adjust, and do whatever it takes to bounce back even if it means reinventing ourselves. The best examples I can think of are the ways in which the country reacted in the aftermath of the Vietnam War and 9/11. This is a quality not common to all countries. Read more...

 

The Fruit of Love is Peace

In my lifetime I've had more than my share of close calls. As I look back on those incidents I rejoice and am thankful that my guardian angel works overtime. There's a marvelous witticism in an Annie Lennox lyric that so aptly captures the downright frustration many of us feel in dealing with life's challenges. The great Scottish singer-songwriter in her ballad, "Cold," tells us, "Dying is easy. It's living that scares me." Sometimes I think my life reads like a soap opera—son's suicide, divorce, cancer survivor, two children involved in near-death car accidents, loss of my daughter-in-law, several near-death experiences, earthquake survivor, numerous surgeries, military death in the family, survivor of terrorism and of hurricanes in the North Atlantic and typhoons in the Pacific Ocean—but I'm certainly not ready to abandon the ship of life. I continue to be an optimist, a sentimental fool, the dreamer who wallows in the prospects of a utopian world void of evil and tyranny. Read more...