“The Joy and Courage to Overcome Pain” copyright 2013 John J. Rigo, upcoming poetry book, “Passion Amidst Apathy”

Letting the Joys and Blessings of our life thru Jesus, Our Lord and Savior, overcome all the pains and suffering that we endure in life.

Texas Poetry

I deal with extreme pain each day.
I use to curse the pain
I no longer do
but rejoice
in overcoming it.
The pain comes from a fall
over eleven years ago
a fifteen foot fall from a ladder
into concrete
while trimming a tree.
The results were
a fracture in my spinal bone
three disks in my back crushed.
Each waking hour
of every day
is filled with constant pain
many times
to a point of agony.
The pain follows me
to bed at night
ever relentless
constantly disturbing
my sleep. 
Each morning as I awake
I rejoice in a new day
to the joy of my Lord‘s creations
and His Love for me.
This body but a temporary home
of the Loving spirit that my God
has created for me.
My thoughts each morning
turn to the Crucifixtion of…

View original post 59 more words


“Weeds and not Daisies” copyright 2013, John J. Rigo, Texas’ Commentator

"They are Weeds and not Flowers!"

“They are Weeds and not Flowers!”

Yesterday I shouted at my wife in excitement, “Honey there are wild Daisies growing in front of our house with butterflies all over them.”  My wife had a hardy laugh in her response, “Sweetheart those are weeds and not Daisies.”  To say the least, I did feel a little foolish.

You see I am not all city boy being born and raised in the city of New York.  From the time I was about 10 years old I got to spent every summer on a dairy farm in upstate New York under the “Fresh Air Fund.”  The fund was designed to take poor boys of families in New York City and render them the opportunity to live on a farm for the summer.  From age 13 on they were expected to actually work on those farms, which I did till age 16.

Truthfully even those yellow weeds are many, they still look like flowers to me!  Click picture above and after download note the fields of pretty yellow weeds I now have in front of our future vineyard and winery.

“Sundown at Silver Star Winery of Texas” copyright 2013 John J. Rigo, Co-Owner

Sundown at Silver Star Winery of Texas I

Sundown at Silver Star Winery of Texas I

Sundown at Silver Star Winery of Texas II

Sundown at Silver Star Winery of Texas II

There is a beauty found no where else as it is in East Texas at Sundown.  This is especially so when one has open pasture land over twenty-nine acres with open sky.  There is nothing else like it.  When I visit in what will be 0ur soon past primary home in McKinney, I can hardly breath with the homes being so close by, even though I am blessed with a very large golf course lot overlooking a 50,000 gallon pool with views from seven rooms in the home. Just walking the land on our farm at various parts of the day renders one a freedom of spirit that is like no other. Take time to click each of these pictures.  Be patient in the download time.  Take time to note the beauty of the detail and the beauty of the open sky.

“Our Garden Beds…Beginnings” copyright 2013 John J. Rigo, Texas’ Commentator

Another picture of personal garden with beginning raised boxes.

Another picture of garden beds with raised boxes.

Continued picture of personal garden.

Continued picture of future gardens.

Partial picture of upcoming personal garden.

Partial picture of upcoming private gardens.

The following pictures were taken today of our upcoming three-quarters of an acre private gardens.  Included are the beginnings of raised beds with potatoes and onions planted including various fruit trees planted in one corner.  In this day and age of rapidly raising food prices and questionable chemically treated  vegetables and fruits, family health in proper eating with safe food has become a priority to many.