I am a survivor of fourteen years of Catholic education. I am still waiting for my lapel pin to come in the mail. Although I may joke about surviving the notorious nuns, I did receive a very good education in those years. One thing that I didn’t understand back then was the relationship between the … Continue reading Italian Americans & The Catholic Church
Last week as I watched the Confederate flag paraded through the Capitol, I was reminded of a conversation I recently had with another Italian American who defended flying the Confederate flag. His position was that he lived in a former Confederate state where many of his neighbors who flew the Stars and Bars were good … Continue reading Italian Americans & The Confederacy
I understand that this is not necessarily an exclusively Italian topic or that I quote Italian philosophers. However, in the light of current events I feel compelled to remind all of my followers of what happens when a demagogue seizes the reins of power. This is an article I wrote for a philosophy newsletter that … Continue reading To Preserve Our Democracy
Was Sisyphus happy? You know Sisyphus, the guy that was damned for eternity by Zeus to roll a huge boulder up a mountain only to have it roll back down once it reached the top. That guy. Do you think he was happy? Now I know this isn't necessarily specific to Italian culture, but this … Continue reading Was Sisyphus Happy?
I am not sure how to start this post, how to do something other than contributing to the happy-happy-joy-joy holiday messages with which we have all been inundated over the past few weeks. However, I do have something to say as I reflect on this time of year and its relation to my cultural heritage, … Continue reading Being Italian American During a Covid Christmas