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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. :-)

Country Before Party – A Tale from History

It is the Spring of 1964, Lyndon Banes Johnson is President and 22 year old Toritto is in the Army.  LBJ had become President on November 22, 1963 with the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Johnson was a Democrat – … Continue reading

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It Takes a Village

Me and my maternal grandfather Carmelo during the war years. I was a lucky boy. I had parents who loved and cared for me and my two brothers. I was never hungry or homeless. We always had food on our … Continue reading

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Refugees

Well it certainly has been an interesting week here in America as we watched Donald Trump fold like a beach chair in the face of tumultuous protest over his policy of separating children, including toddlers, from the parents of “immigrants” … Continue reading

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Duty Called – Poem #128

Soldier sitting by the door riding the bus in ’64 just two and twenty he was then going away till God knows when riding a bus through Massachusetts as the snow began to fall the bus pulled in to a … Continue reading

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Match Box Car – Poem #127

  You find it when your old life is lost while moving dressers, peering under the bed trying to make some sense of it all through the cobwebs, mites and cat hair. Furniture and lamps in a most familiar room … Continue reading

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Missing Nikita Khrushchev

“Ah America!  You would be hilariously funny if you weren’t so tragic. Here we are, the world’s only legitimate super-power who always knows what’s best for the rest of the world, always ready to give copious advice to everyone on … Continue reading

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Magi in America – Poem #126

Did the Magi follow the star across the seas to the new land, to America seeking God who will reveal himself again in a cave? God in a cave; now so difficult to find for the star is obscured by bright … Continue reading

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