The Power of Love – Amor Vincit Omnia

22 03 2016

Well Phase 1 is complete. Saturday my love of late in life and I arrived in Denver at 11AM. March 19 ended what has been something you only do once in a lifetime. Vicky and I fell in love in Merida in 2012. A heart attack took me back to the USA last July for a triple bypass and valve replacement. Since then we spent 11 November days together in Merida. We began the process to get Vicky a Fiancee Visa to come to the USA on November 11. One week ago on March 15(the Ides of March and Ceasar’s demise), the Consulate in Juarez, Mexico agreed to grant the visa.

US closes its consulate in Ciudad JuarezConsulate

Where the relatives wait while the Consulate interviews the visa applicant.

Friday, the day before we arrived in Denver, a bus ride across the bridge between Juarez and El Paso took 2 hours. Most of the time we were stationary on the bridge while the Border Patrol did what they do. Another hour was spent waiting while the Border Patrol reviewed the documents the Consulate had sent as part of the Visa approval process. We spent 7 more hours of waiting in the bus terminal for the overnight from El Paso to Denver. The 14 hour bus ride ended in Denver in the welcoming arms of my son and girlfriend.


A writer friend of mine well-versed in Latin and Greek quoted Vergil’s “amor vincit omnia” when I told him our saga had ended. His phrase has stayed with me since I heard it – not for the first time in my life, but for the most meaningful. I have the kind of brain where music is constantly playing and the phrase reminded me of…

Here are Vicky and I the day the Consulate approved the Visa…



Risen from the Dead in Denver

11 09 2015

It’s been 2 months to the day since my last post on this blog. Today is 9/11. Not the best day to rise from the dead but that’s the “afterlife advice” I received from Andy Garcia. If you seen the film you’ll understand.


After a harrowing 4 hour plane ride from Cancun clutching a nitro inhaler to prevent another heart attack like the one I had in Merida I arrived in Denver 2 months ago. A triple bypass and aortic valve replacement was performed 5 days later by Dr. Jason Shofnos of St. Joseph’s Hospital (one of the top hospitals in the US for cardiac disease treatment). I owe my life to Dr. Shofnos, my 2 sons Bill and Mike, and Virginia Carrasco Silva. There are many others who helped me recuperate physically and psychically. Thanks to all of you for your energy and prayers.

I didn’t choose Denver, it chose me. My grandmother always said I had “the luck of the Irish.” She was right. Here I sit today in my top floor apartment with a view of Benedict Park. I can be in downtown Denver without a car in less than 15 minutes. There’s a gym in the apartment complex where I work out regularly. If you know me you might wonder but it’s not the Jack Kerouac Building (there is an apartment complex in Denver named after him). Growing up in Philly I used to hang in RIttenhouse Square drinking tea and cinnamon-sprinkled cider at the Gilded Cage and the Proscenium with my beatnik friends during high school. Later on in college it was Dirty Frank’s and McGillin’s Pub drinking adult beverages that took me back to my lost adolescence and that lost Beat Generation.

In the 50’s in Denver it was the Beat Generation…. . Now it’s Hipsters…

So where do I fit in? As usual I don’t. What I am doing though is emphasizing what I think is my best work since I’m still alive and well in the Mile High City. Julie’s Book Review will be featuring my novel “Songs of Icarus” beginning September 20.


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