Category Archives: English

The Most Divisive Writer in Italy Today

The mafia, and in this case the Camorra, avoids the spotlight at all costs.  Crime syndicates want no attention on their methods and activities.  And on their names.  But that is exactly what Roberto Saviano did in his first book, … Continue reading

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Guinness Book of Records

First published in 1955, the Guinness Book of Records was intended to settle disputes in pub quizzes. It has since taken on a life of its own with a lot of crazy people competing for often bizarre titles. Italy has its fair … Continue reading

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Maria Montessori

Maria Montessori was an Italian physician, educator, and innovator, acclaimed for her educational approach that mirrors and builds on the way children naturally learn.  Born in 1870 in Chiaravalle, in the province of Ancona in the Marche region of Italy, … Continue reading

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Italian is Cool

In June 2018 I read an article in an Italian newspaper about the growth of studying the Italian language in and around New York City.  In the last five years, the number of children that study Italian, from elementary school … Continue reading

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Pistachio Cream

After Jacopo’s marriage in July 2018 in Verona, he boarded his wife’s family’s yacht to sail around Italy. What a glorious experience it must have been!  When he returned to the States (after a hassle with immigration), he brought back a … Continue reading

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The Letters of Christopher Columbus: A Mystery

The printing press was invented around 1440 and introduced an era of mass communication throughout many cities in Renaissance Europe.  It was the printing press that enabled the dissemination of the letter that Christopher Columbus wrote on his return journey … Continue reading

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Koko died in June 2018. I was so sad because I had followed the career of the gorilla and her trainer, Penny Patterson.  I have always been fascinated by the bond between animals and humans and by the languages they may … Continue reading

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