What Learning Italian Did For Me


My mother and me at the house where my grandfather and Aunt Jennie were born in 2005.

As Italian-American Heritage Month continues throughout the United States, we are also set to celebrate one very special week beginning on October 21– La Settimana della Lingua Italiana Nel Mondo, which celebrates the impact the Italian language has had around the world.

While learning Italian is something that many Italian-Americans choose to do to celebrate their heritage, there are some people who have a hard time learning foreign languages. I consider myself intelligent, but I can’t do math to save my life– I believe that the same principle applies for many people who, try as they might, just cannot seem to grasp the complexities of another language. This is one reason why I did not include “learn Italian” in my recent “Top 10 Ways to Celebrate Italian-American Heritage Month” post– I did not want to alienate anyone.

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Yes, Honey!


It seems like everyone is taking about honey these days– especially in my home region of northeastern Pennsylvania, where we are taking it by the pound to help with our early spring allergies!

While honey comes in a wide variety of types and flavors to appeal to every palate, it has been determined that some of the best honey in the world comes from Apicoltura Mattei, located in the town of Lapio in the Province of Avellino. Continue reading

A Holy Week Tradition in Vallata


On April 18 and 19 in the town of Vallata (AV), a Holy Week tradition will take place as it has done for nearly 500 years.

The Via Crucis, or Holy Procession, representing the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ on Good Friday, is a popular commemoration of that fateful event throughout all of Southern Italy; however, the Good Friday procession that takes place in Vallata is considered one of the most evocative and most representative of what really happened.

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