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A Visit to Omaha Beach and the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in France

My uncle, Carmine J. Dintino, (on the far left) died on one of the beaches of Normandy, France on D-day, June 6, 1944. He was 21 years old. He was the oldest son of my grandparents who immigrated from Italy … Continue reading

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My Grandmother’s Devotion

My Grandmother, Annie Dintino, (1899-1995) was very devoted to her own form of Catholicism. Since she was a first generation Italian-American, it was laced with pagan overtones. All over her home were shrines to the saints, and pictures of ancestors … Continue reading

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Sacred Malva

According to my Father, malva sylvestris (common mallow) was my great-grandmother, the Strega’s, favorite herb. He fondly remembers her gathering malva. On a recent trip to Italy, I was happy to find malva in an herb store in its dry … Continue reading

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Growing up Colella ~ The Christmas Spirit

(These stories are part of a larger unpublished novel with the same name. It is a semi-autobiographical novel about growing up in an Italian-American family in New Hampshire in the 1970s) The Christmas Spirit It’s Christmas Eve and Aunt Cee … Continue reading

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Growing up Colella ~ The Life Cycle

(These stories are part of a larger unpublished novel with the same name. It is a semi-autobiographical novel about growing up in an Italian-American family in New Hampshire in the 1970s) The Life Cycle Until Dad and I went fishing, … Continue reading

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