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Dear Readers,  April marks the 147th anniversary of the birth of the great Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi. April also marks the month when Guglielmo Marconi, born in Bologna  April 25, 1874, was hailed worldwide as a benefactor and hero to humanity. The …

Dear Readers,  a March minestrone of Italian connections for you: March 17, 1861 is the day the Kingdom of Sardinia changed its name to Kingdom of Italy. Here is a brief look back at the “new management.” The Kingdom of …

Dear Readers,  April-April comes from the Latin word aperture which means to open. 1. April Fool’s Day is a day people play silly pranks. So be alert. The United States orbited the first weather satellite April 1, 1960. 2. St. Francis of Paola was …

Dear Readers, August is a good month to remind you that St. Rocco and his dog, always pictured together on religious picture cards distributed on his feast day, August 16, was heaven’s first animal rights activist, if the stories we believe, in a …

Dear Readers, July jottings with an Italian connection: Giuseppe Garibaldi was born on July 4th, 1807. Many people know that California’s State flower is the golden poppy and the State bird is the quail. But few know that the State fish is the “Garibaldi.” …

Dear Readers, An August assortment of Italian connections for you: *** August was named to honor the first Roman emperor (and grandnephew of Julius Caesar), Augustus Caesar (63BC-AD14). *** August is the month of figs. The first plant mentioned in the Bible is the …

Dear Readers, McCloud California in Siskiyou County, at the foot of Mount Shasta is often featured on television or in print as an ideal spot for Bay Area weekend get aways. I was unaware of any Italian connections in McCloud California, …

Dear Readers, June jottings with an Italian Connection: Astronaut Michael Collins (1930-2021), pilot of the Apollo 11 spacecraft Columbia  who, along with astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made their historic first steps on July 20, 1969 passed away recently. He was …

Dear Readers, Labor Day will be celebrated in  the US on Monday, September 6th 2021. In Italy, on August 8, Italy celebrated the Giornata Nazionale del Sacrificio del Lavoro Italiano nel Mondo, a national day to remember the sacrifices of …

Dear Readers,  July jottings with an Italian Connection: Army General Peter Chiarelli said, ” I dropped the d word.” The general, when  explaining why the military prefers to use the term post traumatic stress rather than post traumatic stress disorder, arguing that disorder unnecessarily stigmatizes soldiers’ natural response to the emotional …

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