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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 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(These stories are part of a larger unpublished novel with the same name.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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Il Malocchio or Evil Eye

Remedies Against the Malocchio (evil eye) for the Strega In the light of the full moon, dig fennel In the darkness of the new moon Around your home, at all entrances Plant fennels  In the fullness of the Solstice Harvest … Continue reading

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