I’m a retired nonprofit executive who spent 30 years in the sector, primarily as a professional fundraiser. I grew up in Phoenix, AZ, in a big family. My father was an Italian-American/Dutch-American Episcopal priest, and my mother was a Welsh-American/French-American NYC debutante and classical pianist.

I was married to my first husband at age 20, and we were married for 27 years. I married my second husband — my rock — in 2001. Together we have five kids from 37 – 50 — his two sandwich in my three — and 10 grandchildren, all living nearby in the Phoenix area. And we have two rescue cats, Pancho and Ziva.

I have a degree in English Literature from the University of Washington and post-graduate work in Public Administration at Arizona State University.

My blog is a chance to write, something I have always loved doing. I hope my musings will entertain you, inspire you, and make you think.

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  1. Dear Barbara,

    What lovely recollections of my family. And how nice to hear about yours. I thought I replied to your message ages ago, but I have a little trouble with this platform, so I probably goofed in saving it.

    The Bolles name is familiar, and I have foggy memories of your family. I hope we can get together somehow in 2021 to get reacquainted.

    Thanks so much for your kind remarks.


  2. Dear Pauline,
    My family attended All Saints from 1957 to 1970 when we moved to Oregon. This description is absolutely perfect. I remember Fr Paul’s electrifying sermons both in content and delivery. Every Sunday at Coffee Hour on the patio, I looked forward to his bending down for a hug and a kiss on the cheek. Your parents and mine were friends and we occasionally visited your home. I remember one evening after dinner, your mother played the piano. She was so elegant; I was mesmerized. I also recall a baby alligator. And could there have been piranha? Maybe my wee brain mixed that one up. I remember Paul and Francesca. As an adult, I have read some of the published sermons. One line has guided me often in life. Something about being too busy to be human being. My dad audio recorded many sermons on reel-to-reel tape. Thank you so much for writing this. I am glad to know these important lives have been captured for others to appreciate. Best wishes…

    Barbara Bolles, daughter of David and Beth Bolles; sister named Kathy; brother named Paul (yes) David.

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