Monthly Archives: August 2015

Old Widower Man

Every morning old widower man sits outside his tiny trailer on a worn aluminum folding chair under an awning not far from the pier Reads the paper drinks coffee through teeth stained in nicotine (some of which are still his … Continue reading

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Toritto at the Western Wall

So it’s the middle to late 1980s and Toritto with the eleven letter Italian surname ending in a vowel is appointed by the company to the Board of Directors of Israel’s largest leasing company.  It was a wholly owned subsidiary.  … Continue reading

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Julian Bond

Julian Bond died yesterday. Wikipedia will tell you that Bond “ was an American social activist and leader in the Civil Rights Movement, politician, professor, and writer. While a student at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, during the early 1960s, … Continue reading

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Aurora and the Verdict

It has not been more than a couple of weeks since a Colorado jury refused to impose the death sentence on James Holmes for perpetrating one of the largest mass murders in U.S. history. Instead he was given life in … Continue reading

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Immokalee and the Fight for a Penny a Pound

In the southern part of Florida, maybe 30 or 35 miles from the money towns of Naples and Marco Island, sits another town, along “Alligator Alley”, where I-75, running south along the Gulf coast  turns left and makes a bee … Continue reading

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Blind Eye

Young Mexican picker man rises from a mattress on the floor of a dilapidated trailer shared with nine other mattresses.   buys a chicken bag lunch from the local seller of chicken bag lunches and climbs on board the contractor … Continue reading

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The Introduction

“Comrade Balabanoff! There is someone here I would like you to meet!” Angelica turned around to face the voice. It was Franco, one of her colleagues on the Central Committee of the Italian Socialist Party. “Good evening! How are you!” … Continue reading

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Lafayette High School – 1959

So yesterday I had my semi-annual appointment with my cardiologist.  He is one of three physicians I keep on payroll (one for my diabetes, one for my eyes and one for my heart) in case I need them.  I have … Continue reading

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The “Red Years” and the Murder of Matteotti

A re-post from a year and a half ago Giacomo Matteotti Italy was at war – the First World War. By 1918 Italy had been at war for more than three  grueling years.  By the end of the war, Italy would … Continue reading

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Toritto in Milan

Piazza del Duomo, Milan.  The entrance to the Galleria is through the arch on the left.   The statue is of Vittorio Emanuele II. So it’s June 1994 and yours truly is in Milan in a serviced apartment (kitchen, living room and bedroom) a … Continue reading

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