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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. :-)

Trump at Mt. Rushmore for the 4th ofJuly

So  much happens everyday it is hard to keep track.   Each day there is a new scandal, outrage, investigation, tell-all book, lawsuit or  nasty tweet. This year is seemingly dragging on forever; last January now seems like 6 years ago.  … Continue reading

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On Catherine the Great and Smallpox

“A GOP state lawmaker in Ohio ― one of several states currently seeing a spike in new coronavirus infections ― urged constituents to “STOP GETTING TESTED” for COVID-19 in a Facebook post on Tuesday. “Are you tired of living in … Continue reading

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“Where Do Babies Come From?” – From the Archives

“So daddy, where do babies come from?” (cough) Well the stork delivers them! Of course we laugh when we think about such questions…and answers.  Everyone knows where babies come from and why.  At some point in your life you learned … Continue reading

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“Mother Earth” Art Festival

Night Sky Petunias – 3rd Place   Lobster Under Blacklight . The juried “Mother Earth” Art Festival was recently held at the Carrollwood Art and Cultural Center here in Tampa, open to local artists. Pam submitted two of her recent … Continue reading

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July 4, 2020 – Poem #144

Blotting out the light and sun a shroud descends upon the land  a covering of night and fog obscuring unseen death, waiting to lend a helping hand. Hearing the sound of labored breathing from somewhere in the night and fog; … Continue reading

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Robert E. Lee – Myth vs. History

Arlington House at the Arlington National Cemetery – Robert E. Lee’s former slave plantation. Ah yes.  There is so much going on here in the United States each day it is almost impossible for an old blogger to keep up.  … Continue reading

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Look What I Built!

L Look Papa!  Look what I built! I built a blanket fort in the living room!  Its only for me and my guys! 🙂 See you in three weeks! .

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Living With Cranes

You all know I live in the semi-boonies with lots of wild life and a swamp behind my home.  No one harms the beasties.  Cranes are a regular sight. This morning I ventured out to the mail box to  post … Continue reading

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The Statue – Part II – From the Archives for the 4th of July

See previouspost for part 1 And so Emma Lazarus poem was auctioned off and disappeared into a New York mansion. There was still not enough money to build a pedestal for the statue on Bedloe’s Island; private donations from the … Continue reading

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The Statue – Part 1 – From the Archives for The 4th of July

How the Statue of Liberty went from a monument to emancipation, to a gift for the American centennial to the patron saint of immigrants. And so the Civil War was over; “these United States” became “the United States. ” Emancipation … Continue reading

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