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Tom Santos March 30, 2013 at 11:42 am
Nice photo of Saint Pat's Church in Mystic. When I was serving on the alter as an alter boy, theRead More church was brown. Father J. Oliver Cronin (Father JOC) raised a lot of money and had the church resided white sometime in the fifties.
thomas February 14, 2013 at 05:10 pm
i am a christian and i have money in my pocket, mmm some merlot perhaps, this is a serious day forRead More the heathen and their false god cupid.
Edward Haberek December 31, 2012 at 03:46 pm
Happy New Year! It was an honor and pleasure to be on your show
David Moorehead December 31, 2012 at 04:09 pm
Nice to see you on PATCH Tom. I enjoy your TV show and, of course, your charitable work with theRead More Lions Club. You are becoming quite the local Media king.
Tom Santos December 31, 2012 at 04:43 pm
Thanks Lisa and Dave. For those interested my TV show is "Books & Things with Tom",Read More Comcast and TVC Channel 12 Thursday at 9 PM, and Sunday at 9 AM.
Irene Watson December 14, 2012 at 01:32 am
It is called "Black Friday" because supposedly that is that day that will put retailersRead More accounting books in "black ink" (as in making a profit) as opposed to "red ink" which means they are in debt. Up in northern New England the past few years they have had "Plaid Fridays" to encourage local shopping. At least they have a sense of humor!
Tin Foil Hat December 14, 2012 at 01:52 am
And if the box say "Made in China" then the fatman wasn't involved.
Shaun Doyle November 17, 2012 at 01:44 am
Great evening Thanks Shaun and Barbara Doyle
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Dan Uitti January 3, 2012 at 04:32 pm
Re-gifting is not a new idea. In fact, it was very common for people who were not well off inRead More Europe 100 plus years ago. I had received a gift of an old clock from my parents. I have known about this clock since I was a teenager. So I was happy to get the family heirloom. As the story goes, my parents received this from my grandmother. I believe that this was one of the items that were handed down with other treasures. But it was a wedding gift that my Great-great grandmother received. The date on the back of the clock does not match up with their wedding day, so in fact, it was a "used clock". While there is no living relative that can verify the story, the gift was apparently made from a couple, who was a friend of the family. It is this speculation that this couple had owned the clock for about 20 years before making the gift. Old customs tell us that a couple would get a timepiece as a part of their nuptials. So in fact, the gifting couple may have received it as a gift too. So there is some evidence that this clock is indeed a re-gift. Tom, thank you so much for sharing your original re-gift story. Just make the re-gift count for something.
Teresa M. Norris January 3, 2012 at 07:06 pm
Tom's story is so true. In these economic times it would seem to make sense to re-gift, butRead More carefully, as Tom says. Always refreshing to read an honest and fun insight!
richard vittorioso January 3, 2012 at 11:35 pm
Saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay.....didn't "I" give you that same beef jerky LAST year!!!!
Elaine Violette December 7, 2011 at 11:12 pm
Thank you, Tom, for sharing. My son died 26 years ago on December 5th, but how could it be that longRead More when each anniversary, each birthday, and each dwelling on his young 17 years can bring tears so easily? You are so right that this time of year (once my favorite) can cause depression. I have learned that I need to have a good cry, then wash my face, fluff my hair back, reach out, keep busy, and thank the Lord for my wonderful family and friends. My heart goes out to all who struggle during this time and I, too, encourage everyone to live and love as fully as you can. It's what our loved ones want for us.
richard vittorioso December 8, 2011 at 02:32 am
Very deep and touching Tom. A great inspiration for anyone who has ever suffered a loss of a lovedRead More one especially at this time of the year.
Amy December 9, 2011 at 03:03 pm
You've brought another tear to my eye. It is a strange emotion to experience when the thought of aRead More loved one who has passed can all at once easily fill you with warmth and happiness and the deepest sorrow. I don't know if we can ever get through a birthday or holiday season with the same joy we used to share. Thank you for sharing the importance of trying and moving forward, not to forget, but to remember and to create new memories. Todd is still thought of and greatly missed by us all. Love to you and wishes for a happy holiday season. -Amy L'Heureux-Schmardel
William P. Muttart November 24, 2011 at 10:34 pm
Your story brings back many fond memories. Thanks for sharing it. Bill and Jeanne Muttart
Teresa M. Norris November 25, 2011 at 12:51 pm
Loved this walk down memory lane. It brought back lots of happy personal memories. Thanks forRead More sharing!
Eleanor Sullo November 25, 2011 at 11:06 pm
Eleanor Sullo 6 p.m., Nov. 25, 2011 A piece full nostalgia and memories for me, Tom, only our teamsRead More were Weaver-Hartford, and if Weaver won we danced all the way home---walking, no car available! You got our whole menu, too, except we added Pumpkin pie--with whipped cream. Yum. Ellie
Teresa M. Norris October 31, 2011 at 03:43 pm
This is the kind of local "reflections" I appreciate reading on Patch. I've only lived inRead More Mystic a few years, but stories about its past connect me in ways that make me feel like a true native. Thanks for this piece!
Lisa Saunders December 19, 2012 at 11:18 am
Thank you for sharing how the bodies of Korean War veterans reached Mystic. I hadn't thought of thatRead More before.