John Phillips was in bed, flickering in and out of awareness, when his daughter Colleen brought him hard news on Mother's Day.
She told Phillips, who was overwhelmed by illness, how his grandson, Ryan M. O'Neill, came home late Saturday to Colleen's house in South Buffalo. O'Neill, 27, stayed up for a while talking to his sister Angelina, before he went to bed.
Every year around Dec. 25, panic sets in. You've been too busy to enjoy Christmas. You fear the season has passed you by.
Fear not, as the angel said. In fact, the season is doing nothing of the sort.
Technically, Dec. 25 is the first day of Christmas. Not the twelfth day, as some mistakenly believe.
"But I'm sick of Christmas!" you might wail. But if you face tho…
To get to the Festival of Lights at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, follow the star.
The star shines in Lewiston, at the corner of Swann and Creek Roads. Turn when you see it, head down Swann, and drive for a little bit. There is no missing it, trust me. When I made the trip, on a Monday at around 6 p.m., it was dark, and snow was swirling. I worried I'd missed it, when --