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Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel

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This past Mother’s Day, I experienced Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel like I have never seen it before. The traveling Exhibition showcases the awe and wonder of arguably one of mankind’s greatest artistic…

California Honey Festival

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  It was a beautiful day at the California Honey Festival! Since its inception as a partnership between the City of Woodland and the UC Pollinator Center, the California Honey…

Fatima

  In 1917, outside the parish of Fátima, Portugal, a 10-year-old girl and her two younger cousins witness multiple visitations of the Virgin Mary, who tells them that only prayer…
Picnic

Easter Monday

  Easter Monday, known as la Pasquetta in Italy, literally means little Easter. It is also known as ‘Lunedì dell’Angelo‘ (‘Monday of the Angel’) – the day to remember the…
Holy Week

Holy Week

  During Holy Week, we enter into Christ’s passion, death and resurrection. This is known as the Pasqual Mysteries. We not only commemorate the important events of our salvation in…
The French Market

The French Market

  The historic French Market stands today as an enduring symbol of pride and progress for the people of New Orleans. The first iteration of today’s French Market was erected…

Masseria (farm) Salad

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  In an unspoiled and sun-drenched corner of southern Sicily is the Baroque town of Noto. Noto, known locally as Il Giardino di Pietra (Garden of Stone), is the most…

Sicilian Pizza

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  When visiting Palermo, Sicily, a “must do” on everyone’s list should be to explore the bustling outdoor markets. Last year, while exploring all that Sicily had to offer, that’s…
Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

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  In the United States, many of us learned about Thanksgiving in grade school. We were taught that the fifty-three pilgrims (the only colonists to survive the long voyage on…

The Harvest

  We were the first to arrive. The cool, crisp, invigorating air, typical of a northern California autumn morning, was perfect for a day of olive picking. The sun had…

Auguri per San Valentino!

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  Italy has a long and rich history of famous loves and lovers. Giacomo Casanova, the famous Venetian womanizer and Rudolf Valentino, the Italian sex symbol, are two that immediately…

Buon Ferragosto!

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  August 15 is one of the most important Catholic holidays. It celebrates the day that the Blessed Virgin Mary was “Assunta in Cielo” (Assumed into heaven to be with…
Flowers

A Garden of Gratitude

  “Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul” -Henry Ward Beecher Spring is my favorite time of the year! My roses and geraniums are in full bloom.…

American as Baseball & Apple Pie

  This weekend, on the heels of last month’s cool weather (68*) vacation, I am in Phoenix, Arizona. The weather is a sweltering 111 degrees … in the shade. A…

Feast of San Giuseppe (March 19th)

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  Saint Joseph, (San Giuseppe) was chosen by the eternal Father as the trustworthy guardian and protector of his greatest treasures, namely his divine Son and Mary, Joseph’s wife. The…

Spaghetti Westerns

  Last Saturday, I attended a Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering. This TTSG (Tucson Troop Support Group) event is an annual fund raiser with all of the proceeds going to…

The Perfect Gift

  “We do not remember days, we remember moments.” Cesare Pavese, Italian poet and novelist. It was the magi, the Three Wise Men, who started the gift-giving custom of Christmas,…

Trivia Game for Food Lovers

  Whether you are an avid reader of gourmet magazines, enjoy planning dinner parties, like to cook or just love good food, this trivia game will have everyone coming back…

Pasta Girl

  Italian Americans were instrumental in the creation of Columbus Day. It was on October 12, 1866, that the Italian community of New York City organized a festa (celebration) in…
No Kid Hungry

No Kid Hungry

Each morning before my son left for school we sat down to a healthy breakfast. Whether it was in a chair at the kitchen table or on more hectic days,…
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