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Giuseppe Mazzini

Giuseppe Mazzini and the postal espionage

Mazzini would not have been surprised at revelations that the N.S.A. (National Security Agency) had been monitoring our telephone, email and Internet...
mory and mine on the Declaration of Independence, signed July 4, 1776 (in Philadelphia)

The Italian American contributions to the American Revolutionary War

Dear Readers, On July 4th let me refresh your memory and mine on the Declaration of Independence, signed July 4, 1776 (in Philadelphia) and learn...
Calling of the first Apostles (Sistine Chapel, 1481-82)

Domenico Ghirlandaio, the teacher of Michelangelo

Dear Readers, June jottings with an Italian Connection: Domenico Ghirlandaio (c. 1449-1494) was a Florentine painter of the early Renaissance, whose...
An Italian manned torpedo

An Italian manned torpedo

Dear Readers, My mailbag has been the source of many Italian Connections through the years. “Grazie” to Signor J.M. (John Mancini, Executive Director...
The Pisa brothers

Stories of Italian-American Fathers

Dear Readers, Father’s Day was last Sunday, so Happy Father’s Day to all you fathers, grandfathers, uncles, big brothers and father figures out there...
The Italian War Brides display caught the eye of Richard Stewart and his sister. His mother, the former Francesca Sabillo, was the “Italian War Bride” of Captain K.A. Stewart for over 65 years.

Italian Americans in the Santa Clara Valley

Dear Readers, ITALIAN AMERICANS IN THE SANTA CLARA VALLEY, the exciting exhibit at the Martin Luther King Jr. main public library, located at San...
Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery

Memorial Day in US and Italy

Dear Readers, Memorial day, originally called Declaration Day, is a day of Remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. Memorial Day...
Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra and the lost art of Living

Dear Readers, Francis Albert Sinatra, born December 12, 1915, left us on May 14 1998, but for fans the memories and the melodies linger on, hence my...
St. Monica patron Saint of wives and mothers

The History of Mother's Day

Dear Readers, May has many Italian connections. Mother’s Day was Sunday, May 12th this year and since St. Monica, mother of the late blooming “Saint...
It was standing room only in ‘Sala San Felice’ at the community cultural center of ‘il comune di Giovinazzo’ when author Dr. Nicholas La Bianca presented his “versione italiana del libro”  Growing up under Fascism in little town in Southern Italy (Crescere sotto il Fascismo in una piccola città dell’Italia meridionale). The panel include the ‘Sindaco Tommaso De Palma’, Cultural Assessore Enzo Posca and Professors Angelo De Palma, Isidoro Mortellaro, Antonio Natalicchio and Raffaele Stufano

Growing up under Fascism in a little town in Southern Italy”

Dear Readers, May is the month we celebrate Mother’s Day and since many of us had mothers (and fathers too) who were born in Italy and spent their...
Henry Mancini (1924-1994)

April dates with an Italian connection

Dear Readers, More April dates with an Italian connection: Rome was founded April 21, 753 BC. According to legend, a shepherd found the twins Romulus...
Titanic departing Southampton docks

Guglielmo Marconi, World’s Greatest Benefactor

Dear Readers, On April 14, 1912 the supposedly “unsinkable” luxury liner Titanic sank and Guglielmo Marconi (1874-1937), born in Bologna, Italy to an...
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Visione di S. Francesco di Paola, 1670, Getty Museum, Los Angeles

The History of St. Francis of Paola

Dear Readers, April-Aprile comes from the Latin word aperire which means to open. This is the month to open your umbrellas for April showers and...
Easter Sunday is March 31

Happy Easter and Italian memories

Dear Readers, March...the third month of the year has 31 days and is short for “Martius mensis”, month of Mars. In Roman mythology, Mars was the god...
March 3 of this year 2013 marks 81 years since “The Star Spangled Banner” was made the U.S. Anthem.

A March Minestrone is served

Dear Readers, A March minestrone is served: An Albanian society meeting hall in Los Angeles was once the scene of many joyous Italian wedding...

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