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September 21, 2018

“Cynthia Nixon vs Andrew Cuomo: Sex or No Sex in the City”

Jerry Krase

The tallies are in for the Democratic Party primary race for New York State Governor, and unfortunately for most of us self-identified libidinous “Progressives” the answer is...

September 10, 2018

Fascism in America and Italy: Does History Repeat Itself?

Jerry Krase
Jerry Krase
Walking through the Ballaro Market in Palermo.

Given the rise of intolerance at the highest levels of government in America and Italy, it makes sense to think about its illogical causes and potential effects.

August 13, 2018

Judging the Pizza and Prosecco Competition

Charles Scicolone
Charles Scicolonw
Procecco Week in NYC

Prosecco amd Pizza the perfect combination

April 2, 2018

Calabrian Easter Bread, Key Ingredients, and Sensorial Transnational Connections

Joan L Saverino
Joan Saverino
Muccellati made by author Easter 2018

Muccellatu, in regional language, is the word for the Easter bread made in San Giovanni in Fiore, Calabria, made distinct by, ananzu, wild anise seed. The author discusses the...

February 25, 2018

Berlin Film Festival 68: some consideration

Simone Spoladori
Copyright Berlinale 2018
Director Adina Pintillie withthe Golden Bear for "Touch Mee Not"

Sometimes it happens that the best films are not awarded at a festival. This year a more rare thing happened in Berlin: one of the worst films has been awarded.

January 29, 2018

Maestra Melina at 100: A Lace Maker in Calabria, Italy

Joan L Saverino
Photograph by author
Maestra Melina (right), her niece Maria Rosaria (center), and Sara (Maria Rosaria's mother)

This is the story of a Calabrian 100 year old lace maker of local renown, her social legacy as a teacher in a small village near Gioia Tauro, and her niece’s own lace making...

January 14, 2018

Finding the Right Words?

Jerry Krase
Jerry Krase
Somewhat of a mixed grilled rogues gallery on my foreign and domestic language dictionaries book shelf.

A few days ago, while watching Al Jazeera, or was it the dreaded Russian Television Network during lunch, I was not at all surprised to hear that the most-articulate-ever...

December 18, 2017

Pitta ‘Mpigliata: A Calabrian Christmas Pastry in Diaspora

Joan L Saverino
Author's photo
Pitta 'Mpigliata made by the author, 2012

Pitta ‘mpigliata is an example of an iconic Calabrian Christmas pastry’s evolution and its persistence into a global diasporic network.

November 27, 2017

Wake Up And Have a Ball With Saint Paul

Darrell Fusaro
Fusaro 2017

As far as I’m concerned seriousness is merely fear pretending to be a grown-up.

November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving! Lincoln and The Law of Attraction

Darrell Fusaro
Fusaro 2017

“Gratitude is a powerful process for shifting your energy and bringing more of what you want into your life." –The Secret

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