In Memoriam: Santa Natalie Fichera, 1925-2013

December 15th, 2013 by Joseph S. Fichera 
My mother, Santa Natalie Fichera, died Saturday December 14, 2013 in the early morning hours at the age of 88. She died after losing a battle with a suddenly rapidly advancing leukemia. Her death, during the Christmas season, a time of joy and celebration, is poetic. Christmas is likely the reason why my immigrant Italian grandparents named their daughter, my mother, “Santa Natale.” And, Christmas...

Mandela and Traveling “Great” Distances

December 6th, 2013 by Joseph S. Fichera 
In the early 90′s, as South Africa was transitioning to freedom, I traveled there several times as an investment banker seeking to help South Africa with their first sovereign debt offering, the privatization of state assets as well as equity offerings for South African businesses that had been shut out of US markets because of apartheid. There is a spot in Capetown called “Table...

In Memoriam: Sebastian Joseph Fichera, 1920-2013

August 18th, 2013 by Joseph S. Fichera 
My father, Sebastian Joseph Fichera died today on his 93rd birthday on August 18, 2013 He was the only son of Joseph Paul and Ignazia Fichera who came to America from Sicily 103 years ago. Sebastian continued the promise of the American dream that brought his parents here. That promise allowed his father, my grandfather, a barber, to create a family, become a community leader and, upon his death, leave...

Chief Justice John Roberts Bipartisan Challenge

July 4th, 2012 by Joseph S. Fichera 
The Democratic party is missing a tremendous chance to change the tone in Washington by not praising Justice Roberts’ bold bipartisan move to support the President’s health care legislation. The Chief Justice put aside the “no prisoners” approach of the Republican party from which he was nominated and grew up in. Judges are to be non-partisan but we also acknowledge the reality...

Gabby’s recovery

January 15th, 2011 by Joseph S. Fichera 
It is 1 week to the hour that I learned of the attack on my friend Gabby Gifford. I find it hard to return to “normal” chats here and elsewhere. But the miracles of prayers with her progress gives us hope. The discussion that has ensued is not about blame. It is about behavior. Those with access to a public forum (indeed a national forum) speak both to the serious and the delirious. They/we...

Words have meaning

January 9th, 2011 by Joseph S. Fichera 
Words have meaning. Gabby’s opponents have been reckless in their use of emotionally charged words and images. Here is a story from CNN that discusses this issue and how Gabby herself warned Palin and others to consider the consequences. We can only hope that Gabby’s personal sacrifice and pain will awaken Americans to stop those who seek to inflame. Let’s not just shake our heads...

Thanksgving 2010

November 25th, 2010 by Joseph S. Fichera 
Today, generations from the Greatest to the Boomers to Generations X, Y and Z, will sit together and share a meal reminiscent of when all the generations were just known as a family. Our country has many difficult challenges ahead. Thanksgiving began as the celebration of the harvest which was the hard work of the family. Let’s be thankful for what we have and mindful that each harvest requires...

Have yourself a merry little Christmas…

December 24th, 2009 by Joseph S. Fichera 
Ralph Blaine wrote the poem/lyrics in 1943 but it touches us today/tonight/tomorrow:.. “Have yourself a merry little Christmas, Let your heart be light. From now on, our troubles will be out of sight. Faithful friends who are dear to us, gather near to us once more. Through the years , we all will be together, if the fates allow. Hang a shining star upon the highest bough. And have yourself...

“Thanks” and “giving” go together

November 26th, 2009 by Joseph S. Fichera 
These are tough times for many. Am home with family and reminded by my 89-year old Dad that but for the grace of God there go I. “Thanks” and “giving” go together and are needed now more than ever. As we enjoy our blessings, let us also become more willing to share them as well.

I Will Remember You

September 20th, 2009 by Joseph S. Fichera 
The Emmy show just presented to the song “I Will Remember You” images of TV icons that have died this yr. It is a ritual segment we have all seen, a reminder and an awakening. Our generation has created a broader, deeper culture of celebrity and icons, than ever before; and w/ our new 24hr news cycle, the coming years …will be a constant reminder, in a way we haven’t experienced...