Monthly Archives: November 2012

Chapter 62: Lysistrata and Italian gender issues

Gender is the bane of every American student of Italian, and French, and Spanish, and Portuguese, and especially German. Nouns in these languages are either masculine or feminine. In German, add neuter to other two. Gender makes no sense to … Continue reading

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Chapter 61: 88

Two people won over $574 million in the Powerball Lottery this morning. I wasn’t one of them; neither were any of my Italian 100A students. I told my students about another lottery, one that I was intimately involved in back … Continue reading

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Chapter 29: Proposition 8

The 2012 presidential election is over. Obama won, Romney lost. Thank God! Despite the great news in congressional and senate races, my soul still aches for an election issue that crushed me during the 2008 election: Proposition 8. Proposition 8 … Continue reading

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Chapter 60: Sepolcri

Sepolcri in Italian means tombs as in cemetery tombs. When I returned to Miglierina in April 2001, accompanied by my uncles and aunts, one of the first places the mayor showed us was Miglierina’s cemetery, located near the town’s summit. … Continue reading

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Chapter 59: “You belong to the city!” –Glenn Frey

“You belong to the city,” Glenn Frey’s single hit in the 1980s, best describes the “sad” state of employees of the city of Chicago as Chicago requires that all employees live within the city’s limits. So what percentage of city … Continue reading

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Chapter 58: Violence against women in Italy

Today, November 25, concerned people are commemorating the world day against violence against women–La Giornata mondiale contro la violenza sulle donne. The headline in one major Italian daily announced: Femminicidio, cento vittime nel 2012: una donna uccisa ogni due giorni. … Continue reading

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Chapter 56: Sunday Lifelines

I’m sitting here on the very early Sunday morning, reminiscent of my childhood and reminded by it by Facebook posts sent to me by my Calabrese friends and family. It’s a good time to wake up here for many reasons. … Continue reading

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