maria gloria

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...
St patrick, Italian parents, Romans, Maewyn, Italian American, Italian Culture

St. Patrick was Italian, with Roman parents

Dear Readers, March is the month I like to recycle my “St. Patrick was Italian ” column and remind you that Italo-Irish author, Tomie de Paola’s...
Pope Benedict XVI's successor will be chosen by 115 cardinal-electors during a secret election - known as a Conclave - in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel

The election of the new Pope

Dear Readers, As March begins dozens of Cardinals have gathered in Rome to elect a new Pope. After nearly eight years as the head of the Roman...
Girl with a Pearl Earring, Johannes Vermeer, oil on canvas circa 1665

The Dutch Mona Lisa by Johannes Vermeer

Dear Readers, A February finale of Italian Connections: Art Aficionados know that the lady with the mystic, enigmatic smile and eyes that follow you...

Marco Polo's travel to the other side of the world

Dear Readers, Marco Polo is a timely topic as the Chinese New Year of the Snake began recently, as determined by the Chinese Lunar Calendar . Legend...

Author Lawrence Distasi

Dear Readers, The Romantic Month of February, was chosen by co-author, Lawrence DiStasi, to launch his latest book “Esty”. Esty, a diminutive for...

Month of January brings the story of Tiramisù

Dear Readers, January (Gennaio) the symbolic month of fresh starts is also the month when we could use a little pick-me-up after the happy hustle of...

Some great Italian-Americans in the US

Dear Readers, Looking back before looking forward in 2013, I am reminded of some great Italo-Americans I have met in the U.S.A., who have passed away...

Notes and Quotes for 2013: Gabriele d'Annunzio

Dear Readers, Notes and Quotes for 2013 . You make the world a bit more beautiful and better because you have been in it. *** I expect to pass...