Maria Gloria Rando

Dear Readers, Italian American Digest, the quarterly publication of the American-Italian Renaissance Foundation, and the Italian American voice of the Southeast, founded by the late Joseph Maselli, in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1973 turned forty this year. The late Joe …

Dear Readers, A September selection of Italian Connections for you: United States Postage Stamps with an Italian connection, are the focus of Gerardo Perrotta’s newly published book Phila-Italy Americana, Italian Themes on United States Postage Stamps, in hardcover, softcover, E-book …

Dear Readers, November, the month that begins with All Saints Day (Nov. 1), a feast which had its beginnings in the Christian churches of the fifth and sixth centuries where we celebrate and remember all saints canonized or not and …

Dear Readers, October, the month we traditionally celebrate our Italian Heritage, has unfortunately become the month when mean-spirited slings, arrows and Columbus bashers come out in full force. But be vigilant, those who wish to discredit us are busy throughout …

Dear Readers, In memory of Vincenzo, my September-born father, the “Sheik of Brook Ave.” (Bronx, N.Y.) and gents of a certain age who were once “Sheik wannabes” on the streets of Little Italys throughout the world, I thought I would …

Dear Readers, Veteran’s Day, formerly Armistice Day, originally meant war’s end. On November 11, 1918, the Armistice Agreement was signed and fighting on all battlefields ceased at 11 a.m. The guns of World War I fell silent. After 4 long …

Dear Readers, Here are a few songs for your Christmas Sing-along:   TU SCENDI DALLE STELLE 
 Tu scendi dalle stelle, O re del Cielo, E vieni in una grotta, Al freddo e al gelo; O bambino mio divino, Io ti vedo qui tremar, O …

Dear Readers, November notes and thoughts on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2013.  From George Washington’s 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation: Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to  recommend to the people of the United States a …