My Tribe: Down on the Farm…Old Tioga Style

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The Naylors have brought a piece of dining paradise to the small, enchanting town of Stillwater, PA in the form of Old Tioga Farm-Elegant Farmhouse Dinners.  The evenings begin with the perfected hosting of Dillon, wife of head chef and co-owner, Justin.   She is your guide through an extraordinary culinary experience.

Name: Dillon Naylor

Job, position, title: Co-owner of old Tioga Farm. She is also homeschooling her three boys!

In what city were you born?

“Baltimore.”

What is your birth month and why?

“October. I’ve always felt it made sense to me that my birth month is October even though I was due to be born in September.”

What is something interesting/fun about your family history?

“My parents ran a toy business and made wooden toys. They supported our family by making wooden toys. So, I was raised by toy makers.”

What is something you’ve learned and had fun learning it?

“Once I took a tango class and had so much fun learning to tango. It’s something I would definitely like to get back to one day.”

What is your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?

“Have a cup of tea, read, listen to music. Having kids means reading aloud to them. I love to read out loud to them…I mean, I really love it.”

What keeps you up at night?

“I hate so say it but the ‘what if’s?’.”

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “beautiful”?

“Actually, being with other women and just that energy that comes from that experience. Learning new things from them and each other, it’s really something special.”

What is your special gift?

“One special gift that I feel that I have, and I don’t use it all the time, is that I really enjoy listening to people. I enjoy hearing their stories and I feel they know that I like listening to them. Especially with the elderly. I’ve always enjoyed spending time with them, working with them.”

If there were one thing you could tell the entire world, what would it be?

“That sometimes there are things that are more important than taking sides. Sometimes being in the middle of a debate and hearing and trying to understand both sides is so important. If there were more people passionate about that, things might be a little different.”

What is your passion in life?

My passion in life has more to do with people. Working to facilitate that connection with community and other people. It’s important to do that in the restaurant business but just as important in everyday life.”

What do you do to facilitate that passion every day?

“Being home with the kids, I’ve worked on my parenting and with connecting with them as people. And I’ve found parenting to not be the easiest thing in the world. I love it but it is not easy and I’ve found it to be a very humbling experience.

This is a question from the previous interview, Renato Luongo-what did they find is the hardest thing in life to do?

“It’s a toss up between raising children and letting go of the past. Now that I think of it, my answer would be letting go of the past

One question you would ask the next person with whom I speak?

“What was a decision you’ve made as an adult that you never thought you’d be making?”

To learn more about Old Tioga Farm and the Naylor family philosophy on food and dining, visit them at:

www.oldtiogafarm.com

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My Tribe: It’s Always Sunny in…Abe’s Deli!

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Without fail, being greeted at the counter at Abe’s Deli is a good and friendly experience. When you come face to face with this guy…it’s a positively sunny one.

Name: Renato Luongo

Job, position, title: Manager (Extraordinaire) of Abe’s Deli which can be found on N. Washington Ave. in Downtown Scranton

In what city were you born?

“Scranton.”

What is your birth month and why?

“December.  Maybe, to be closer to Jesus.  My birthday is the 23rd.  My name in Italian means ‘reborn’.”

What is something interesting/fun about your family history?

“I’m first generation from Guardi Lombardi Italy.”

What is something you’ve learned and had fun learning it?

“The restaurant business. The owner who taught me, Jerry, became not only a boss but also more of a father and shoulder for me.  Someone who was behind me in all things.  I feel he taught me more as a son.”

What is your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?

“Stay home and hang out with my wife and son.”

What keeps you up at night?

“Thoughts about making sure my family is ok and covered, taken care of.   Concerns about my family.”

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “beautiful”?

“My wife.” (He said with absolutely no hesitation)

What is your special gift?

“Cooking.”

If there were one thing you could tell the entire world, what would it be?

“Don’t sweat the small things.”

What is your passion in life?

“Cars.  Since I was a kid, I’ve loved cars.  All kinds of cars.  I’ve owned a couple of really neat ones.  I get tons of magazines on cars at the house.”

What do you do to facilitate that passion every day?

“I read up on them a lot.”

One question you would ask the next person with whom I speak?

“What did they find is the hardest thing in life to do?”

 

To get a taste of Abe’s Deli, visit them at:

326 N Washington Ave,  Scranton, PA 18503

(570) 342-4517

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All About…Us!

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My calling is one that intrinsically involves the meeting of people. Without people willing to take the very brave steps to seek out healing…healing cannot take place. And every moment I spend in the process of healing is priceless.

Therefore, I believe in promoting the interesting and amazing nature that is our human one. It will be a series of writings called “My Tribe”.

This blog will be featuring a different, very special person on-going. People I have known and loved for years. Or maybe someone that caught my eye/ear in a coffee shop…and looked like they had something to tell. Each of us is a thread in a great and beautiful tapestry and, without that one stitch, something is definitely missing.

“Full of hope, full of grace is the human race…”

-Grateful Dead, “Throwing Stones”

Namaste!

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What’s Your Favorite Program(ing)?

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More than computers? You bet we are! Yet, we are still driven to perceive, think, and act by our programming. I’m going to borrow a bit from John Lilly, the meta-physically thinking neuroscientist and psychoanalyst who gave human kind the gift of the ‘sensory depravation tank’ or ‘float tank’, and John Worthington, who brilliantly re-framed many of Lilly’s concepts in his soul-shifting book, “The Office of Shaman.”

 

The concept of being programmed may conjure images of science fiction or mind control. Instead, programming consists of our individual collections of experiences, perceptions, and ‘lessons’ that occur in every individual’s lifetime. As a child, we learn that touching the stove hurts…a great deal. Therefore, our programming includes very sensible data-points: stoves are hot, hot hurts, don’t touch stove, don’t touch ‘hot’. This is a program you want to keep around, as it is rather a good thing to remember to ‘not touch hot’.

 

Programming exists throughout our psychology. Early in life, some of us may have been programmed that we work hard for what we want then enjoy the fruits of our labor. Again, this is one you may want to maintain as it helps with healthy production. Yet, some of our programing may be standing in the way of our happiness and well-being. If you have been programed to believe you are the “black sheep” of the family, you will most likely spend a fair amount of emotional energy trying to uphold this. You will make poor choices, get in lots of trouble, and create havoc wherever you go. All in the name of validating your programming.

 

Now, imagine if you were able to change that programming to include one that facilitates healthy self esteem rather than poor self image, positive progress versus self destruction. The wonderful thing about being a human being is that…we can do just that.  We don’t have to wait for the tech guy (person) to show up to do it for us. Insight, a desire for change, the tools to do so, and the vision on where we want to be make such a transformation very possible. As a therapist, it has been an honor to help guide individuals in re-writing their programming from negative and detrimental to uplifting and constructive. I then get to watch them walk out the door seeing the world as a peaceful and hopeful place…

 

…I have been programed to take great joy in seeing such amazing transformations. And this is a personal programming I have no desire to re-write.

 

Namaste!

 

 

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