Saturday, December 22, 2012


Marion Pellicano Ambrose

Growing up, I always looked forward to Christmas Eve night, when my father would call us all to the porch and light a candle to place in the window.  The candle was to light the way for the Holy Family and to show that we always had room for them at our house. I love this tradition, but this year, I'd like to change it a little. I'm sure the Holy Family won't mind at all!   I'd like to invite you to join me in keeping a light in the window for our soldiers, still overseas, who won't be able to be with their loved ones this Christmas.

There’s a candle in the window
For our soldier off at war,
Standing constant vigil ’til
His foreign tour is o’er.

The sentinel stands faithfully
Through day and dark of night,
Reminding all who look its way,
To pray for Freedom’s fight.

For safety and for courage,
And for wisdom do we pray;
That God may grant him all these things
As his Comrade day by day.

Now stand, O Candle, bright and tall,
Alert us all, each one,
That the price of freedom is not cheap,
And its battle not yet done.

So light his way and burn for him,
And for his safe returning;
Our love will be the fuel that keeps
Our soldier’s candle burning

Thursday, December 20, 2012


Marion Pellicano Ambrose

Here I go again- having an opinion that is part Republican and part Democrat.  (

I nearly gave my husband a heart attack when I said "I agree with President Obama in that there should be a ban on assault weapons (except for police and military) and that no one in the general public should have access to armor piercing bullets! But, even though I'm a registered Republican, this is what I believe. I also agree that there is much to be done in the field of mental health and how we deal with it in this country. I'm hoping that this "task force" appointed by the President, will genuinely address these issues and not just "look into them".
I must also strongly disagree with the arming of teachers. Teachers are already asked to be mother, nurse, psychologist, babysitter, secretary, nutritionist and more. Why would we ask them to take on such an awesome responsibility of being bodyguard and police officer? As a former teacher and assistant principal, I can tell you that teachers are yearning for the days when we were actually allowed to TEACH! Now there is so little actual quality instructional time due to documentation, paperwork, fundraising, school photos, increase of special needs kids in the classroom, differentiated instruction, ... should I go on? Now you want to ask these teachers to carry a gun and learn how to shoot it?  This is insane! Whatever the cost, it would be much more effective to have an armed officer on campus who is thoroughly trained and experienced in dealing with emergency situations.
It was evident , as events unfolded in Sandy Hook Elementary School, that the teachers were well trained in what to do, and were willing to put their lives on the line for their students. How much more could you ask?
Now, here's the Republican in me speaking: We must protect the 2nd amendment and support the right to have a gun to protect ourselves and our loved ones, however, everyone should have to have a background check, take a training course, and people with a history of mental illness should not be able to have access to a gun (theirs or anyone elses.)
Again, it seems to me that there is a common ground for both sides of the table. I don't understand why politics places us at each others' throats! Life is full of compromise or give and take. Why can't we be that way politically?
Well, maybe it won't matter . If the Mayans are correct, we won't be arguing much longer! I'd better get this posted before the end comes and no one gets to read it!
Best Wishes,

Monday, December 17, 2012


A day like any other, the sun rose in the sky

No one knew that on this day, the innocent would die.

Waves and kisses, off to school,   just as you’d expect

But on this day of tragedy, even the angels wept.

We mourn the 20 little ones who lost their lives that day,

And for adults who also died, we bow our heads and pray.

We can’t hold back the tears Lord, our sorrow can’t be eased.

Our outrage, shock and anger, just cannot be appeased.

And so our hearts are broken, our eyes are filled with tears,

We need for you to hold us close and calm us from our fears.

We all must learn to strive each day, to help our fellow man,

And stop the violence, hate and strife in anyway we can.

Help for those in mental strife, counseling and care,

Stop the hateful bullying, and teach our kids to share.

Evil men exist, dear Lord, no matter what we do,

But if we work to do these things, we just may save a few.

There is another thing I ask, Please come back to our schools,

So we can teach your law of love, and live the golden rule.

Enlighten all your people - our leaders and all men,

So we may be one nation, strong and “ under God” again.