My Canary in the Coal Mine

Posted by on Apr 26, 2015 in History | No Comments
My Canary in the Coal Mine

  YES, I HATE TO ADMIT IT, but I am having a hard time forgiving my mother, even three years after she died. And even knowing, all along, that unforgiveness is a most illogical choice. It never makes sense, even if the accused is still alive. And yet I’m getting there. With every word I write, I […]

Days of Forgotten Memories

Posted by on Apr 24, 2015 in History | No Comments
Days of Forgotten Memories

  WHEN, IN MY EARLY TWENTIES, I finally saw my mother again for the first time since a child, I sat on her couch in Cleveland, and she tried to explain why she’d left us in Dallas, to go back to Ohio, back to Bus. I believed much of her story. Even the more fantastic parts, though they […]

Family Mysteries In Canton, Ohio

Posted by on Apr 16, 2015 in History | One Comment
Family Mysteries In Canton, Ohio

  WRITING FICTION–STORIES, MYTHS, whatever you’d call what I’m doing in my life right now–is a surprisingly effective way of getting at the truth. Take for instance a chapter that’s based in part on this photo. It’s a snapshot I came across in the midst of this writer’s journey, a journey of discovery, an exploration of my mother’s life, the choices she made, and how […]

Our Family Secrets

Posted by on Apr 7, 2015 in History | 2 Comments
Our Family Secrets

  SECRETS. THEY MAY BE A PART of every family’s history. But make it a family with some Italian in it and you’ll need pretty high-level security clearance to get to the bottom of everything. Especially if you’re just “one of the kids.” So in my attempt to understand the powerful forces and pervasive influences that have helped make me […]

The Artistic DNA

Posted by on Apr 1, 2015 in History | No Comments
The Artistic DNA

  THERE, IN THE BACK PAGES of my old guidebook of Italy, is a little 4-page section that itself speaks volumes–to me at least–about my family’s homeland. It’s a section that begins with the understated, one-word heading, LIST. This shorter index was inserted in front of the normal index, that alphabetized list of fountains and ruins that the turn-of-the-century traveler would flip to. This one–this “List of the most important Artists mentioned”–shoulders […]