Vignettes of Cheek Turns

Vignettes of Cheek Turns 
(no preachiness, just sharing… with YOU!) 
by © Stephen Melillo, IGNA 29 APR 2021 
On the birthday of Duke Ellington 

Willy Romanello, Greenwich High School, Connecticut.  Class of 75.  We’ll get back to him!

Movement 1:

Just Another Hill!

3 March 2021

On the 22nd Anniversary of the STORMWORKS Chapter 3: WAIT of the WORLD Recording
with Maurice Hamers & The Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy

Thoughts on Death to Moby Dick, a Love Stor

Father Peter M. Rinaldi and the Escape from Plato's Cave

6 FEB 2021 

Father Peter M. Rinaldi and the Escape from Plato's Cave 


Father Peter M. Rinaldi, in 1993


A SYNChronicity of Events: 


Neatly nestled between the birthdays of John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith, my Son will make his Confirmation…


14 November 2020, this week in History

14 November 2020 

What a Week it has been… 

This Veterans Day was also the 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower Landing.  This week saw the 245th Anniversary of the US Marines, during the 250th Anniversary of Beethoven and the the…

Death to Moby Dick, a Love Story (Available soon!)

Just received the first Hardcover printing of "Death to Moby Dick, a Love Story." The sequel to Melville's Moby Dick will be ready for you and your gift list soon! Especially for those of you who have thoroughly enjoyed "Ahab,


The Story of Mrs. Han & Stormworks

for 21 March 2020 
On the Birthday of JS Bach 
“The Story of Mrs. Han & Stormworks” 


Several years ago, we made “the rounds” to our favorite Sushi lady, Mrs. Han.  Something was different.  Above her beautiful smile and always…


Death to Moby Dick, a Love Story (Coming Soon!)

“The echoey sounds of stretching and cracking ice filled the inlet.  The surround had become an arena, an eternal, unearthly battleground.  The white whale broke the surface slowly.  Inching forward, it broke the ice ahead of its brow, sending mountainous…


The Wishing Well

In December of 2011, while doing some Christmas shopping, I saw a man wearing a WWII Veterans cap. Over the years, I seem to have acquired a homing-beacon to such Men and Women. I feel an instant duty to put…


The Psychology of Success


If you’ve ever seen the movie, RUDY(with an excellent score by Jerry Goldsmith!) … you will see something of the “Psychology of Success” in action. As Henry Hartman said: “Success always comes when preparation meets opportunity.” 

Is that…


Failure is Not an Option, It's a Target!


We are tuned to believe that “failure” is something to be avoided, when quite the contrary, failure is a target point.  Warning… we are about to redefine “failure” in ways that exceed the normal usage of the word. 


Let’s look…

The Only Thing to Fear

The Only Thing to Fear…

As it reads in a recent STORMWORKS Score:  “STORMWORKS is a Life-lesson in “positive obsession,” the rigorous regard for History and its Heroes, the pursuit of transcendent Love despite the storms of the world and