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About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)

Dolls – #2

“Joshua” – a limited edition doll created some 30 years ago (#195 of 1,800) by Johannes Zook JoAnn said I bought it because it looked like me as a kid. 🙂

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Dolls – #1

Lots of folks are collectors of dolls.  My wife JoAnn was one of them.  She was quite particular in her choice of a doll – she had to love it and it had to be in our price range.  Dolls … Continue reading

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Chimpanzee Poetry – For Those With “Writer’s Block!” – 2015

🙂 The laws of mathematics postulate the chimp creates a masterpiece simply punching randomly the keys infinitely sitting over them as I do now. I push the keys not randomly yet no great wisdom in the rhyme results in bright … Continue reading

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On My Adventure in Joining the Army

Toritto in Asmara, Eritrea – 1965 Next week, on the 18th of November, it will be 56 years since I enlisted in the Army. Why did I enlist?  Well I was a high school graduate working in a bank for … Continue reading

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If Poetry Could Raise The Dead – From The Archives

Flanders If poetry could raise the dead the earth would bleed where they had bled to flow back into fallen soldiers who would rise, young and filled with wonder and they would laugh and smile again the millions, shaking dirt … Continue reading

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Summer – 1914 – From The Archives

Sydney, Australia – 1914 It was a Summer of banners, awash in tunics, red and blue bedecked with golden epaulets black boots, silver stirrups pipes, drums, trumpets and Tatoo. It was a Summer of boasts and toasts of poems, songs … Continue reading

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Thirty Years Ago Today – An End and a Beginning

The word had come down from the Party.  Let the people through the checkpoint.  Confused young Stasi guards looking bewildered perhaps knowing the world they grew up in was coming to and end. Soon everyone knew the German Democratic Republic … Continue reading

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