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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 Immigration – The New York Orange Riots

A simian Irish Catholic and a priest carving up the Democratic Party And so its 1870 and the Civil War is over, Lincoln is dead and Ulysses S. Grant has been elected President of the United States. The Irish and … Continue reading

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And I Thought I Knew a Daughter

Fathers think they know most everything they need to know about their kids. Until one day they learn something which both surprises and astonishes them because it seems so out of character. At least the character he perceived. My younger … Continue reading

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Last Summer’s Affair – From The Archives

Laying my head on your stomach while the sun streamed through the blinds forming stripes caressing your contours just for a moment I thought of biting the thighs of your perfect body. Your sea green eyes animate Summer terns and … Continue reading

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Immigration – “To The West!”

To the west, to the west to the land of the free where the mighty Missouri rolls down to the sea Where a man is a man if he’s willing to toil where the humblest may gather the fruits of … Continue reading

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Pre-School

“I’m ready mom!” . “I’m gonna draw the best picture!” . “I love tomatoes!” .“My chubby little baby is gone…..” –   Marie

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On Being Clueless

Old people like me can be so ignorant of what is happening in the modern world.  I mean, there are some really significant events taking place out there, away from my local Florida swamp, the cranes and turkey vultures. For … Continue reading

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Immigration – The Great Irish Famine – The Voyage – Part II

Memorial to the “coffin ships” – County Mayo It is Ireland in the late 1840s and the Irish are literally starving.  Millions of Irish men, women and children who subsisted primarily or entirely on potatoes are foodless as the blight … Continue reading

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