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THIS IS AMERICA. SPEAK ENGLISH!

By Nickolas Marinelli For English, press one. Para Español, oprima numero dos. Is there anything more frustrating than hearing these words coming from your telephone? After all, this is America. And in America, we speak English. It infuriates me to have a recorded ... Read More

USA-ITA. L’INSEGNATE DELLA SCUOLA PUBBLICA NEL XXI°, UNA MISSIONE

di Mauro Aprile Zanetti Approfitto dello “spring break” — una pausa pasquale laica per non offendere alcun credo, secondo la religione delle religioni americane, cioè il make up del politically correct, dietro cui si agita il Re dei Re, Sua Maestà il Consumismo — per ... Read More

THE POWER OF SYMBOLS AND THE DANGERS THEY PORTEND

Editorial by Nickolas Marinelli It occurred to me recently that it’s been a while since I’ve seen this symbol displayed in the Italian Community. I attend quite a few Italian functions, but I don’t see this once-prevalent Italian symbol very much anymore. Nobody is ... Read More

“13 Ways of Looking at the Death Penalty”

By Sebastian Fichera I have a confession to make: I have never had a problem with the death penalty. Despite a lingering suspicion that those who regard it as an unmitigated evil are on the side of the angels, I have always resisted the notion that the death ... Read More

THE CHINESE PROBLEM IN SAN FRANCISCO’S NORTH BEACH

By Nickolas Marinelli Not long ago, I ran into a colleague on Green Street between Powell and Columbus. When Rita saw me she asked, “Hey, what are you doing in Chinatown?” Her question perplexed me. Chinatown? I had just walked out of the Casa Coloniale Italiana ... Read More

Sebastian Fichera’s Book Corner: Who Mario Savio Was

By Sebastian Fichera Editor’s note: This is a follow-up to a book review by Sebastian Fichera, which was previously-published in La Scintilla Italiana. To read the original article, please click here. Mario Savio, when he graduated from high school, had to make a ... Read More

A Different Perspective on those Italian American Documentaries

By: Sebastian Fichera So, what did you think of it? The PBS Documentary on Italian Americans, I mean. I’m the one they interviewed who looked just like Rudolph Valentino. I didn’t look like Rudolph Valentino to you? Who did I look like? On second thought, don’t ... Read More

BRAVA GENTE DELLA COMUNITA’ BY FRANCINE BREVETTI

DR. TONI GALARDI MANAGEMENT ITALIAN STYLE    Oxytocin – the love and bonding hormone – is powering Dr. Toni Galardi’s next book.    The Italian-American psychotherapist, executive coach, and resident of Marin County, published a well-regarded book in 2010 on how to ... Read More

BOOKS REVIEW:
SEBASTIAN FICHERA TALKS ABOUT JOHN FANTE’S ASK THE DUST

By: Sebastian Fichera   Name a famous Italian American novelist not from New York and who do you come up with? John Fante, of course, author of the Brotherhood of the Grape, Wait Until Spring, Bandini, Dreams From Bunker Hill, Ask the Dust, and other works frequently ... Read More

NELLA NOSTRA COMUNITÀ
– ROGER BOSCHETTI: AN ICON IN THE ITALIAN COMMUNITY

ROGER BOSCHETTI AN ICON IN THE ITALIAN COMMUNITY    A man whose life made a real and lasting difference nella nostra comunità, Roger Boschetti stood out as a supporter of any and every Italian organization, club, or cause that he encountered. A former San Francisco ... Read More

When the Old Country Becomes the New Country

By Francine Brevetti Why would I want to go to Sicily? My family’s from Northern Italy. Three reasons: My education in college and graduate school exposed me to the histories of ancient Greece, and Rome, their drama and their mythologies. I’m crazy about ... Read More

USA-ITA. L’INSEGNATE DELLA SCUOLA PUBBLICA NEL XXI°, UNA MISSIONE

di Mauro Aprile Zanetti Approfitto dello “spring break” — una pausa pasquale laica per non offendere alcun credo, secondo la religione delle religioni americane, cioè il make up del politically correct, dietro cui si agita il Re dei Re, Sua Maestà il Consumismo — per ... Read More

EXPO MILANO 2015: GOODBYE SOLAR PANELS, HELLO ‘SOLAR LEAVES’

Far from being an innovative technology, solar power has been a part of a strategy to switch from fossil fuels to green energy for decades. President Jimmy Carter installed a solar energy system on the roof of the White House in 1979 in response to the gas crises caused ... Read More