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About Andrew Cotto

Andrew Cotto is the author of THE DOMINO EFFECT and OUTERBOROUGH BLUES: A BROOKLYN MYSTERY. His novels can be found at Amazon and Barnes&Noble.  Learn more about Andrew at his website.


  1. That was beautiful, Andrew. I remember Winnie’s wonderfulness very well. Thank you for sharing a thing of such precious beauty. You have made my morning coffee.

  2. You are so blessed to have Winnie in your life. Of course, I know you have many others that love you too. Thank you for sharing this story of true love. One of these days, I hope to see Aunt Winnie’s beach!

  3. Andrew: I loved every word of this story. Love to you all, and especially to Winnie!!

  4. I think this article expressed how very important family is and how just a phone call can begin a life time of memories

  5. Thanks, Dumanese!

    You got it right: simple things can be the most meaningful.



  6. Hi Andrew,
    This is such a delightful story! Now, every Thursday I will be adding on to the 500 mark. Love, kindness, committment and trust are always wonderful qualities to share and demonstrate. Thank you for sharing this amazing love story with us. Salud!

  7. Thank you, Angel!

    I appreciate the wonderful comments and insight.



  8. Monica Johnson says:

    This is a beautiful article. I know Sophie must feel really special. I wish i had an aunt like aunt winnie. Mr. Cotto your a brilliant writer. i bet an amazing person also.

  9. Why, thank you, Monica. Lovely compliments from someone “I bet” is an amazing person, also.



  10. Andrew,

    I just sat down to read your piece and it gave me so much happiness. What a special gift Winnie is to your family and all those who know her. You have given her a special gift too by writing such a beautiful, heart felt story.
    Happy Birthday, Sophia!!

  11. Thank you, Jen!

    I’m happy to share the happy of Winnie and am grateful for your appreciation.



  12. “Ebullient?” Very nice pull, Cotto. 500 Thursdays is some serious dedication, right there. It ‘s nice to acknowledge and appreciate such a solid person in your famiglia’s lives. Winnie sounds truly awesome. Sweet, sweet story. Thanks for sharing.

  13. My pleasure, Doug.

    As always, thanks for writing. You have a Winnie-like dedication that I’m really starting to admire.



  14. Hi.

    Doug’s wife here, finally checking out some of your posts. Love them. This one is fantastic. Makes me wish I had at least a 1/2 a Winnie!
    And I had to chuckle a bit b/c our Anna calls her little sister “Fred.” Not sure who she got that out of Gia….

    Thanks for sharing!

  15. HI Daria!

    Nice to connect with you. I’ve enjoyed your posts, as well; congrats on all the good Gia news this summer.

    Thanks for writing. We could all use at least a 1/2 a Winnie in our lives.



  16. Amy Bertles says:

    Love it – everyone should have an Aunt Winnie in their lives! Thanks for sharing!

  17. Thanks, Amy! And you’re right – we all deserve an Aunt Winnie.

    Hope all is well with you.



  18. Monifia Dunlap says:

    I want to thank you for sharing the story of Ms. Winne and Sophia it really touched my soul. It shows the importance of Love and Family. Ms.Winnie is a exceptional woman and you Sir are an outstanding Writer, Father, and Professor. Be proud of yourself and your beautiful family because you are truly blessed not many of us have that. Again thanks for sharing

  19. Thanks, Monifia!

    I really appreciate your taking the time to read the article and for all the wonderful praise.

    I am blessed. Thanks for the reminder.

    Best to you and your family!

  20. Marlyn griszell says:

    The article is very interesting and nice to know that Winnie still continue to be important in your daughter’s life.

  21. Thanks, Maryln!

    I appreciate your thoughts. And, yep, Winnie continues to do her thing.



  22. mark flaherty says:

    LOVE this one…the world needs more Winnie’s!
    Well written and full of substance, the real stuff of life, as usual. Thanks Andrew!

  23. Thank you, Mark.

    I so appreciate the thoughts.



  24. This is an incredibly beautiful story. Thank you so much for sharing – I’m passing it along!


  25. Hi, Heather.

    Thanks so much for your kind words!

    Greatly appreciated.

    Best Regards,



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