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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. :-)

On A Mission To Mars

One step for a man I watched when I was only 26 and knew I’d live to see the day Magellan set a foot on Mars. I would be a lucky one to see the great ship’s mighty sail capturing … Continue reading

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Remembering the ISIS Fangirls

A re-post from February 24, 2015 when it happened and an update A couple of days ago three “straight A” teenage girls, two 15 and a 16 year old, in the U.K. boarded a plane at Gatwick and headed off … Continue reading

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Death of the WhiteRose – February 22, 1943 – A Re-Post

A  re-post – Originally posted  in February 2010 Core Members of the White Rose – Munich 1942 – (l to r) Hans Scholl, Sophie Scholl and Christoph Probst.  Arrested by the Gestapo and guillotined  on February 22, 1943. The notorious Nazi Judge Roland Freisler … Continue reading

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Make Valentines Great Again!!!


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Smoldering – A Valentine For Young Lovers

Watching her walk across the room in tight corduroy shorts; the cords moving against one another is like flint striking rock creating sparks which make you smolder all day for you are the wood You smile, knowing she too will … Continue reading

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For Valentines Day – In Memoriam

Parkland, Florida February 14, 2018 . . Lest we forget .

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On Possibilities – For Valentine’s Day

Did your parents meet while marching for peace in San Francisco in that Summer of Love? Or on a freedom ride to Selma sitting there on the bus holding hands thinking “us”? Don’t feel too bad if they first met … Continue reading

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