Fra Noi – Birds of Passage

The December issue of Fra Noi, the journal of record for the Italian-American Community of Chicagoland for more than three decades featured Birds of Passage, an Italian Immigrant Coming of Age Story on page 106. “What turns the gentle mean and the mean brutal? The thirst for wealth? The demand for respect? Vying for a…

To See That Look Again

I sold my car and gave my suits to charity. Olympic Airlines had a stand-by ticket available, and in ten hours I landed in Athens. I boarded a bus that dropped me near Syntagma Square. The street was dry and dusty, the pavement radiated heat, autos honked, buses rumbled and belched black diesel fumes that…

Columbus Day Parade – October 9th

When Len Riggio, Chairman of Barnes & Noble, was asked by the Columbus Citizens Foundation to be the Grand Marshal of this year’s parade, he decided to celebrate Italian-American authors and their outstanding contributions to the history and culture of the United States, creating this year’s theme for the parade: “A Celebration of Italian-American Authors.”…

How I Met My Wife

During the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Samsung hosted a dinner at the Guy Savoy in Caesar’s Palace. After coffee, women in Roman-style, white, frilly things offered us head and neck massages. A thirties blonde caught my attention. Her blue eyes were intense. A bit of a frown above her too-bright smile made me…