Praying for the Wisdom of Words with Sherry

Apr 19, 2013 No Comments by

The amazing thing about being part of Visit Londonderry is that I never know exactly where a week will lead. Even though I have lived here since the 60’s, grew up at Kendalwood Condos, taught at the High School, and raised my family here, each day I learn something special about our community. One thing is for sure, Londonderry is the best place to Live, Work and Play! Each week I will share with you some of the amazing businesses and things I have learned about Londonderry.

This Friday Morning I woke up at 4 am and started praying for the wisdom of words as I was lying in bed. I was also praying for the peace of more sleep. I’ve always been one of those morning people. Once I’m awake, I’m awake. For a while there it was 3 am, yes 3 am. My dear friend, confidant and neighbor Linda Tamburino, who passed away from lung cancer, used to love that my time was 3 am. She would always say “Sher, that’s the time of Divine Intervention. It’s a wonderful sign from God, it’s a gift.” There are even books out there written about it and that time of the morning.

I’m not sure if I understand it all, but I do know that Linda was a “gift” to me and so many others. She seemed to touch everyone in one way or another and boy do I miss her. Linda was a morning person too. When we both got up we would usually put our back porch lights on, in a way to say Good Morning to each other. Linda always left her light on all night but somehow when I would look over and flick my light on, I just could tell that she was up too. She was always the one I could count on to not mind if I called at five, needed an egg, or just needed the gift of her listening to all my worries or stories.

I guess in away, all of you have taken over Linda’s gift to me of listening, which between us, is now me writing and you reading. I ramble as I write to you about my week and Linda would agree that I sure did ramble when I would get excited and tell her my adventures or anxious when I would share my worries with her. She was a gift as you are now to my life.

As I’m typing and praying for the gift of words to type about the horrible events of Monday, my daughter Meredith is telling me that they believe they have caught the horrible, sad, cowards that did this to all of us. If what Meredith is telling me is right, they are young themselves; one just 19 years old. How could they do this, why, the children, the families, the sadness they brought? Why? Last year I was privileged to run the Boston Marathon for the Juvenile Diabetes Association. My family was there waiting in the heat, my little niece Lea, age 5 from CT stood for hours just waiting to see her Auntie run by to finish the race. It was such a happy time for everyone. People helping people. It even made John teary, he was just so happy to be there and share that time as a family.

This year we were at a college visit. We were driving back on Monday and when we got home around 4pm a cousin from Canada called in a panic thinking that we were there again this year. She told me what had happed at the Boston and we couldn’t believe what she was saying. We put the TV on immediately, the 4 of us stood there stunned and, yes, teary. My youngest Mackensie watched one of the news clips and she saw someone wearing a hoody up on a roof top in the background. She said to me, “Mommy, look I bet that’s who did it up on that roof. Why would he be dressed like that and have his hood on up there?” I said, “No honey, that is probably just someone watching the marathon.” She may have been right after all, just so very sad.

Now, it is 5:30 am. I have the TV on in the background. The older brother is dead and the 19 year old is still running in a sense. His marathon is now a different one. I watched as you did, students and friends of this younger brother say that he was “the last person they would have thought of to something like this.” All so very sad, what changed in his life that made him think this was his only option? So very sad. I know we all are so grateful and proud of the law officials who are ready to give their lives to protect all of us.

I stopped writing for a couple hours. I have things I want to tell you about the road, but I don’t think there is any room this week for funny stories or antics. I know I could turn the TV off and I never have it on during the day and I’m not one to even turn it on at night (the girls sure do though) but it seems that I can’t do anything else to help so maybe by leaving it on in the background it is like a moment of silence. I want to be present as a tribute to all those who have suffered this week from these events.

There are just a few beautiful places that I want to share with you this week.

A couple weeks back I was reading a touching story of a man named Steven DeFrancesco. He owns a company in Derry called Southern New Hampshire Quality Roofing & General Contracting. The story wasn’t about his business; it was about the good things he does for others when he hears that help is needed. The story I read was talking about that he had helped a family that desperately needed a roof but could not afford one. Yes, you know, he offered his help at no charge and gave them a new start. He took one big problem off their plate so they could focus on other things. When I read this, I decided I had to contact this man and just tell him how wonderful I think he is!

Stephen took my call and we met at the Coffee Factor in Derry. It was an honor. If you need a roof or just about anything else done around your home I would give him a call, 437-9568. As we talked we realized we were both graduates of Pinkerton Academy. Far from the same year though! As we talked about other things Stephen told me about his church. I thought it was new, but really they have been there for almost 9 years now.

Here’s where the world gets very small again. tephen invited me to a Sunday service so that I could learn more. That next Sunday, John and I went. Yes, we are a catholic family, but we believe that it is important to understand and celebrate other religions too. I don’t really believe that there is only one way to praise God, but that is just me, and John too really. Oh the name is North Ridge Church. I love that their cards say “We Are Family.” They started off in the foyer area of West Running Brook School in Derry and now a few years later they have grown so much that they now meet in the Gymnasium. How great is that?

The service began at 11:00 and this is something I have never seen before, but you can feel free to bring in your coffee if you like! They even have coffee available in the entrance area if you’d like to get a cup there. Everyone was listening and involved. We listened as Pastor Mike Miller talked to us, shared with us the lessons and part of the bible that were being studied that day. I loved that they had live music in the beginning and also two large screens that displayed different things that went along with the sermon. I’m so visual, I really liked that.

Pastor Mike is an exceptional teacher and speaker. If you are looking for a spiritual family, stop by on a Sunday, you won’t be disappointed. When I met with Pastor Mike a few days later, he mentioned the year he graduated and that his wife Ellen was from Chester; that’s what brought them to this area. I asked what year she graduated, Mike said 1978, the same year as me. When I asked her last name I realized that it was the Ellen that I did know in High School, and that she was always one of the kindest, sweetest and simply beautiful, inside and out, people I have known. I just love when one thing leads to another and another.

Now I’m getting ready to tell you about another, yes truly beautiful, business. Hey, I just realized that my road took place mostly in Derry this week. As I was driving down Broadway, as I do every day, for the first time I noticed that there are three florists within not much more than a block of each other in Derry. I decided to stop into one to see what it was like. I walked in on the Wisteria Flower Shoppe. Now the reason I picked Wisteria was twofold. One, I completely love the name. There is just something about it Wisteria, I like the way it sounds even when I say it in my head, like I just did. The colors and style go perfectly with the name, it’s elegant, soft and inviting. The second reason I decided to walk-in Wisteria was I remember what used to be there, many years ago.

Ok, instead of telling you, if you know what business was there and are the first one to answer I will mail you a $5 DD card. The place I’m thinking of was there for many years and I use to love going in and just looking at everything, my mom did too. It has to be the place I’m thinking of because there might have been something in between, but I just don’t feel like trying to figure that out!

Anyway, I couldn’t wait to walk through the door to see what Wisteria was like inside. Very small world again. As I’m walking in a nice women is walking out from the back. I kept walking toward her because without my glasses I couldn’t tell who it was, but I knew she looked familiar.

The owner turned out to be Kim Pacocha. We had met through our girls playing AAU Basketball together. Funny how when you meet through sports, you seldom get a chance to talk about what you are each involved with. We are so busy cheering for the kids and figuring out where the next game will be. I had no idea she owned this florist business. After we caught up on how our girls were, I loved looking around Kim’s shop. Not only does she have so many fresh beautiful flowers but she also has some beautiful different gift ideas there too.

I bought this really fun oversized ice cream bowel for my daughter Meredith’s 18 birthday. So fun, it holds one pint of any make, but we bought Ben and Jerry’s, ice cream. You just drop the pint in and you can hold the handle and enjoy! I also love that Kim has a board that tells you what the flower for that month was. I learned that daisies are the special flower for April. Stop in and take in the peaceful feeling and beauty of Wisteria. You won’t be disappointed.

Now you know how much I love when things just work out or I get little signs from above. I believe that I’m on the right road, I guess. I have my little rambling list of what I want to tell you about each week. I was just about to start typing to you about a brand new business in town, called Speedpro Imaging, and the owner Gary Gagliardi just called me. How strange is that? This is how life can just happen at times.

Just the other day when I was walking out of a store in Derry, Gary was walking through. Gary and I both stopped short in our steps! Several years have passed by, but it was as though we had just seen each other yesterday. Our families had shared the best memories while all our girls were playing softball in town. John and Gary volunteered all over the softball fields and it was great, great fun. One of my most cherished memories was working in that darn snack area at the fields. I know we all would kind of hide when sign-ups would come around for our ‘turn’, but dear goodness we had the best times and it was a ball. Back then it was me, Gary and another great mom in town Mona Aaron. I wish we could go back to that LAFA snack bar and do it all over again just once. Laugh, laugh, and laugh, oh and take care of everyone, too.

Anyway, Gary and I caught up quickly about the girls and then he told me about this new exciting business venture he had started. I knew Gary had been at the same company for over 20 years so this had to be something very special that he had decided to become part of. I had to investigate what Speedpro is all about. Go to, the site is amazing and the work is unbelievable that they do.

Gary’s company can do high quality large format imagery. That means they can create your Tradeshow displays for your company or fundraising event, exhibits, building and car wraps, I didn’t even know that’s what it is called, but when I see it, it sure catches my eye! Not to sound corny it is just very cool, I have a brochure and you should get one too! Oh Gary can even do Wall Murals and so many other things. I guess the best way to describe it is Large Format Digital Printing Specialist. Give Gary a call at 603-289-4279. I am just so grateful that I had something new, exciting and completely different to end the road with this week. Oh and I didn’t tell you why Gary called, he wants to be a part of Visit Londonderry! Gary has raised his family in this area, he’s committed to our community and he is happy to be involved and become a member. I’ll end with HOW GREAT IS THAT?

Yes, love and hug Sherry

On the Road with Sherry

About the author

Sherry has lived in Londonderry since the 1960's. Her mother was one of the first employees at Mr. Steer Meats. Sherry taught at the Londonderry High School for a number of years and spearheaded the first Career Education Class at the school. She has two daughters of her own with her husband John.
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