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Italian Christmas, Carlos, Sing-Alongs, Italian Music, Natale, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Italian Christmas Carols and Sing-Alongs

Dear Readers, Christmas Sing-Alongs are always fun be they in Italian, English or a little bit of both. Here are some lyrics to help you get started...
Michael Parenti, Waiting For Yesterday, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

The ethnic world of Michael Parenti, author of "Waiting For Yesterday"

Dear Readers, December is here, but while “Jesus is the reason for the Season”, each year it seems the focus becomes the ringing of cash registers...
Thanksgiving Day, Pioneer Italian Immigrants, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Thanksgiving Day and Pioneer Italian Immigrants

Dear Readers, November notes with an Italian connection: Thanksgiving Day is celebrated the fourth Thursday in November, since it was so fixed by...
Giovanni Da Vernazzano, Explorer of North America, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Giovanni Da Verrazzano, Explorer of North America

Dear Readers, Giovanni da Verrazzano’s namesake New York, double-decked suspension bridge which lost a z in the translation, turns 50 this month...
Postal Service, Christopher Columbus, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

The Postal Service Celebrates Christopher Columbus

Dear Readers, When Christopher Columbus landed on the Caribbean island he later named San Salvador on October 12, 1492, a “New World” was discovered...
Fabiola Addamo, Italian music, Italian pianist, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

The Italian artist and concert pianist Fabiola Addamo

Dear Readers, L’Italo-Americano’ s director, Simone Schiavinato, recently wrote that we must celebrate not only the discovery of America, but the...
Lee Iacocca, Ford Mustang, Chrysler, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Lee Iacocca, creator of the Ford Mustang

Dear Readers, Lee Iacocca, the outspoken, straight-shooting businessman, who as Chief Executive Officer of Chrysler, brought the company back from...
The Italy of Dreams, Goffredo Palmerini, Italia dei Sogni, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

The Italy of Dreams by Abruzzese writer Goffredo Palmerini

Dear Readers, Author Goffredo Palmerini, who hails from the land of the “forte ma gentile” people in Abruzzi, Italy, has recently gifted the Italian...
Andrews Sisters, Naples, Luigi Martinelli, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

The Andrews Sisters in Naples - The Luigi Martinelli's Family Fortune

Dear Readers, A September selection of Italian connections: Andrews Sisters Patty, Maxene and LaVerne were in Naples, Italy, on a U.S.O. tour in...
Labor Day, Italians, Santa Clara Valley, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Labor Day and the Italians in the Santa Clara Valley

Dear Readers, The Labor Day holiday reminded me that back in the days when chips were made of wood and not silicon, the labor that enriched the Santa...
Tony Bennett, 88th Birthday, San Francisco, Count and Countess Dandini, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Tony Bennett's 88th Birthday in San Francisco - Count and Countess Dandini from Oakland

Birthday “numero 88” was celebrated by singer Tony Bennett of “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” fame in North Beach recently. The following day he...
Swiss Guards, Vatican, Pope, Rome, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

The history of the Swiss Guards, protecting the Pope for centuries

Dear Readers, An August assortment of Italian connections for you: Swiss Guards have been protecting the Pope for centuries. When I first visited...
Antonio Vivaldi, Italian Music, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

The roots of Antonio Vivaldi and the Pomarico Vivaldi Festival

Dear Readers, Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (1678-1741) violinist extraordinaire and one of the most prolific well-known Italian composers who composed over...
Giovanni Caselli, Telefax machine, Italian priest, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Giovanni Caselli, an Italian priest inventor of the telefax machine

Dear Readers, Bits from my bookcase. Here are a few Italian connections I recently found amidst my light-hearted summer reading: They All Laughed...
Independence Day, 4th of July, Italian American, American Revolution, italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

The Italian participation in the American Revolution

Dear Readers, As the July 4th celebrations begin, let me refresh your memory and mine on the Declaration of Independence which began “When in the...

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