here we are: it’s the last edition of 2022. Are you ready to raise your glasses and celebrate the arrival of the new year?
We at L’Italo-Americano are ready to welcome you again in 2023 with many initiatives and articles which, as always, will have two objectives: to inform you while tickling your curiosity about all those things that best reflect a true Italian spirit; and to keep you connected to your Italian-American roots through stories, places, people, experiences, language and memories.
But, as we are at the end of December, it is natural to look back at the 26 editions of 2022, while we are already working on the first issue of the new year. Psychologists often say that we should take advantage of moments in our lives that mark the end of a period, or represent a boundary of sort because they allow us to assess what we’ve reached. It is a moment of great importance because it allows us to reflect on ourselves, take stock of what we achieved and compare it all to what our expectations were. An anniversary or a birthday, a religious or even a personal recurrence, they can all function as a bookmark that shows the page we reached, how far in the chapter we are, and even if the novel we have in our hands is exciting or boring.
In other words, we can understand constructively if we are reading the right way, if we are enjoying the plot or not, if the narration is filled with details and compelling, or if, on the contrary, it is slow, tired, and cumbersome. If we take a moment to reflect, we can understand if we are doing things in the right way and if we can gain, from this analysis, useful indications on how to tackle the rest of the book. We may even get the push we need to finally commit to changes that can make us better, or achieve our goals more easily.
While reflecting on the past year, the first thing we’d like to say is “thank you.”
Thank you to you, our long-time readers, our historical supporters who send beautiful messages to us when renewing your subscriptions – messages often still written by hand, just like it used to be done: they feel like the warmest of hugs, despite the physical distance. But there are also many digital readers: you’ve grown in number and you keep on growing, because you read our online edition, but also because visits to our website, www.italoamericano.org, are on the rise, just like the interactions on our social media. And this is the best validation we can get. It means you enjoy the stories we offer to you, every time with passion; it means you appreciate the original and sometimes unusual content we propose and share our excitement when we find unique stories or meet someone who embodies the soul and lifestyle of Italy, or its creativity and ingenuity.
Our traditional raffle, this year, has been very successful. We are happy to say that “The Magic of the Amalfi Coast” raffle has been the most appreciated among all those we organized. We create these events to support our newspaper because, without such support, our non-profit organization wouldn’t be able to reach you at home or on your smartphone every two weeks. With this in mind, we don’t want simply to thank again all those who, generously, bought a ticket, but also the many who, even without winning, wrote to us they hope to win a trip this amazing next time. So, tell us where you’d like to go! Tell us which places in Italy you’d like to know better and explore, so we can build our next offer around your suggestions. Because, of course, winning a raffle is a dream coming true and we wish all our readers to win it one day, but we shouldn’t forget it’s also a trip. By following the itineraries we offer, you will be able to discover magnificent corners of the Belpaese and, maybe, once you are in Italy, you may even add an extra leg to the trip and visit Amalfi and its coast. So, don’t hesitate! Write us and let us know where you would like to go, but also if there are topics you’d like to read more about, if you have favorite subjects, or if there are people and places you think deserve an article on our pages. Because L’Italo-Americano is always on a quest for curiosities and for special ties that bring us closer to the Belpaese.
Because that’s what we’ve been since 1908: an instrument to give a voice to the Italian-American community, to its aspirations and activities, to its evolution between past and present, and between Italy and the West Coast. The great L’Italo-Americano family is always ready to give a hug to its readers, just like now, while we wish you all the best for 2023!