I will never forget waking up on November 9, 2017 to learn that Donald Trump is my president-elect. What I have to say here is not well written but I can’t let the day end without putting something down. Today, I’m heart broken. I feel defeated, overwhelmed, over powered and shocked. Disappointed, saddened and unsafe. […]

June 24, 2016 was a sad day for anyone that believes in the power of cultural exchange and the right of humans to travel freely throughout the world. On that day, the citizens of the United Kingdom arrogantly voted to leave the European Union. Like a scene out of a movie, David Cameron stepped down from […]

Nearly nine months ago, Mike asked me to marry him while we were on vacation in Riomaggiore, Italy. We sat perched on the rooftop terrace of our rented apartment, a bottle of grappa half gone and amarretti cookies crumbled on the white plastic table in front of us. It was dark but light enough to make […]

I’m a citizen! The notification came on March 4, 2014 in an email without a subject heading from the Italian Consulate in New York City. “I have the pleasure of informing you that you are an Italian citizen… the procedure to obtain Italian citizenship is complete.” As I read the message, I longed to encroach […]

My appointment at the Italian Consulate is tomorrow in New York City. Over the last thirteen months, I’ve collected paperwork, waited, sifted through photographs and sharpened the memory of my Italian grandparents and a great aunt in whose loving care my character formed. I’ve also felt inauthentic compared  to my first generation  friends who can giggle […]

“This is the springtime of my loving, the second season I am to know. You are the sunlight in my growing, so little warmth I felt before.” -Led Zeppelin, The Rain Song, Houses of the Holy, 1973 Granny gazes out through the window at the canopy of an indomitable maple tree while she peels potatoes […]

My mother is of Danish heritage so when I told her that I was applying for dual Italian-American citizenship, she said “Well…why not Denmark?” “Not an option” I told her. The Scandinavians are progressive, artistic, peaceful, hearty and notoriously frugal people. Prying an already tight fist open enough to let those born elsewhere become citizens […]