|Petals from a Rose
by Tom Pagna
forward by Ara Parseghian
Tom Pagna traces the narrative of his family around the central character of his mother Rose, and in so doing shows us a way to live that is more than a way to survive. In it, Tom tells the wonderful stories of his family's past:
The time that Tony Pagna needed to give just the right person at his son's school a peek at his .45;
Why Rose had to name her company after a box;
The day that Tony came home only to find strange people living in his home (Rose had sold the house that morning without telling him);
Why Tom and brother Joe "needed" to kill Conrad.
Filled with laughter and tears, rage and tenderness, Petals from a Rose, in the end, becomes more than a three-generation chronicle of one family. It has a little bit of every family in it. Noble rather than merely notable, the history of this family is an enduring, endearing paean to the search for the good, to the values won day by day in small deeds, not big words, to the striving for a better life, in which "better" is so much more than "more."
May each reader enjoy the story as much as I have. May it cause him or her time to reflect and rejoice in his or her own life, observing that a certain heroism is present in the lives of all people who give their very best. Whether or not the world recognizes personal heroism does not subtract from the majesty of such a life, well lived."
Ara Parseghian, from the Foreword
The author: Tom Pagna played running back at Miami of Ohio under Coach Ara Parseghian, was assistant coach under Parseghian at Northwestern, and, when Ara moved on to take the head coaching position at Notre Dame, Pagna joined him once again as assistant coach and offensive coordinator. Pagna has played and coached at every level of football, including two years coaching with the NFL's Kansas City Cheifs. He has appeared throughout the country as a motivational speaker, and is the author of two books (Parseghian and Notre Dame Football and Notre Dame's Era of Ara) Pagna is continuing his 14 year tradition of broadcasting Notre Dame football games on the Mutual Radio Network. (from Notre Dame's Era of Ara)
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