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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. :-)

Winged Victory – From the Archives for Memorial Day

The Mekong – Vietnam . The fields are fully green again where only yesterday was shed wild blood of exuberant youth beauteous youth their blood staining the earth still, unseen now, the stain beneath fields of green flowering gardens. Unseen … Continue reading

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Peace Train – For Memorial Day

Have you heard sweet Melanie’s song? There’s a chance peace will come in your life please buy one. How long, how long ’till the peace train holy roller? Fear I won’t live to see the light peace train gliding through … Continue reading

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GOT, Fandom and Art

Well Game of Thrones is coming to an end soon and I feel for the maniacal fans who will have nothing else to fret about.  What will they talk about on Monday mornings over the watercooler or a $5 latte? … Continue reading

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On Birthright Citizenship

We alll understand birth right citizenship don’t we?  If you are born in the United States you are an American citizen, no matter what the citizenship of your parents or whether or not they are married to each other. If … Continue reading

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On Flying

Have you taken a flight recently? Hehe. Did you bitch about it? Crammed in like a sardine with surly passengers, an indifferent if not nasty crew serving a bag of chips and coffee, with charges for everything from your bag … Continue reading

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The Hand Maiden’s Tale

k Well ladies, the time for you to do battle has come. Assuming of course you still would like to have a choice; it don’t affect me none.  I’m male.  If you don’t have a choice as to whether or … Continue reading

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The Last Empresss Dowager – A Re-Post

It is the year 1861 in the Western calendar while in China the Xianfeng Emperor lay dying.   He was the ninth Emperor of the Manchu Qing Dynasty and he was but thirty years old.  Each Emperor, upon ascending to the throne … Continue reading

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