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posticon The Unforgettable Street Sweeper

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Your angels often come to you well-disguised. ~ John Cali & Spirit

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In my younger days, one of our family’s neighbors was a street sweeper—a pretty humble vocation. Like most of our neighbors, Giuseppe and his family were Italian immigrants.

We lived in a small farm town, where almost everyone was friendly. With one exception.

The “Americans,” as they called themselves, harshly discriminated against the Italians. Even in our little Roman Catholic parish, the pastor required segregated seating. The Americans were on the right side, and the Italians on the left.Read more

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posticon 8 Kindness Lessons I Learned at the Shoe Repair Shop

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An understanding heart is everything in a teacher, and cannot be esteemed highly enough. One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feeling. ~ Carl Jung

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Many years ago, when I was growing up in New York State, I knew an old shoe repair man. Louie was no ordinary shoe guy, no ordinary man.

Our families had been friends for many years, having both immigrated from Italy in the early 1900s.Read more