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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. :-)

Eleanor of Aquitaine

Eleanor’s seal. She is identified as Eleanor, by the Grace of God, Queen of the English, Duchess of the Normans. The legend on the reverse calls her Eleanor, Duchess of the Aquitanians and Countess of the Angevins. I’m sure all … Continue reading

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The Dali – From The Archives – 2015

Tourists! Keep Florida green! Bring money!! No. I don’t work for the greater Tampa Bay tourism board. Most tourists visit our metro area for the weather and to spend a few days on our gorgeous beaches. First they take the … Continue reading

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Epiphany at Tarpon Springs

Hunter Sakadales who recovered the cross from Spring Bayou is carried on the shoulders of his fellow divers to the church. Yesterday was the feast of the Epiphany celebrating the baptism of Christ by John the Baptist.  It is a … Continue reading

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On Our Middle East Confusion

General Suleimani with Iraqi forces at the liberation of Fallujah from ISIS, having tea. So this week Donald Trump ordered the assassination of Major General Qassim Suleimani, commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and one of the most powerful men of … Continue reading

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FGM and the Demise of Foot Binding – A Re-Post

A follow-up to yesterday’s re-post on FGM  the illusion Foot binding – “the custom of binding the feet of young girls painfully tight to prevent further growth. The practice likely originated in the Southern Tang Dynasty in Nanking but spread … Continue reading

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On Female Genital Mutilation – An Important Re-Post

Originally post in February 2014 and again in 2017 Forceps, rubber gloves and other instruments used in female genital mutilation lon a table in Hargeiysa, Somalia. Below are xcerpts from a book by Nawal El Saadawi: “The Hidden Face of … Continue reading

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Welcome to 2020! On The Past and Future

A 1910 imagining of a “correspondence cinema” 0f the 21st century- not too far off from Skype or Facetime. And so we come to the year 2020 and the first day of the third decade of the 21st century. Thinking … Continue reading

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