ÂThey were cheap, plain brown bags; the messages written on them, however, were timeless and priceless.Â When Al ParisiÂs daughter was a sophomore in high school, he began writing simple yet meaningful messages on her lunch bags each day. For the next year, Ann Marie Parisi treasured these notes, first in private and gradually with her friends at school. These short inspirational messages have now been collected in Lunch Bag Notes, a book for all teens to enjoy. Each daily note is accompanied by questions for reflection and space for journaling, inviting teenagers to engage in self-exploration and consider the importance of leading a faith-filled moral and ethical life. The messages contained in the book touch on such ideas as cultivating a positive attitude, assessing the health of friendships, developing a strong character, and nurturing oneÂs talents. Al ParisiÂs gentle, loving words are, as Ann Marie says,Âmaxims for a happy and fulfilling life.Â Taken together, these messages reveal a strong, positive relationship between a father and his teenage daughter.
Ann Marie Parisi, teaches religious education, is a senior in college, and aspires to someday teach at a Catholic elementary school. Her father, Al Parisi, and her mother live in Agoura Hills, California.
Al Parisi and his wife live in Agoura Hills, California, and are the parents of two children. Ann Marie Parisi, his daughter, teaches religious education, is a senior in college, and aspires to someday teach at a Catholic elementary school.
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