Throwback Thursday: JFK and Papa

I was recently reminded of a photo I came across a couple years ago. I was doing some research on a 1960 John F. Kennedy campaign tour, and found a newspaper photo of him speaking at an armory in Scranton, Pennsylvania. And I recognized my own grandfather sitting onstage with him! “Papa,” as we calledContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: JFK and Papa”

Throwback Thursday

For Throwback Thursday, here is a photograph from my paternal grandparents’ wedding on August 10, 1936. She was 21 years old; he was 29. Bart Petrini Sr. and Mary Piccioli were born in northeastern Pennsylvania after their parents emigrated from Italy. And both lived in that area their whole lives, except for my grandfather’s tourContinue reading “Throwback Thursday”

Six More Weeks of Winter

It’s Groundhog Day 2021! A few hours ago, the world’s most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, emerged from his winter home and saw his shadow, forecasting the continuation of winter for another six weeks. That’s no surprise here, where the first measurable snow in more than two years is still falling outside my window, as itContinue reading “Six More Weeks of Winter”

Photo Friday: Women’s March Recap

Last Friday I posted a photo I took four years ago at the Women’s March on Washington, D.C., the day after President Trump’s Inauguration. Searching for a suitable image for today’s featured photo, I decided I’m not finished with the Women’s March, so here is another moment from that exhilarating day. At this point, weContinue reading “Photo Friday: Women’s March Recap”

Photo Friday: Women’s March

On Wednesday, many of us watched breathlessly from our socially distanced living rooms as Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were inaugurated as the new President and Vice President of the United States. It was natural to remember a time four years ago when we had longed for such a day. On January 20, 2017, DonaldContinue reading “Photo Friday: Women’s March”

A New Hope

This morning a little before noon, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were inaugurated as President and Vice President of the United States. I cried when Harris took the the oath of office. It took more than 230 years, but finally we have a woman Vice President. And she’s both African-American and Asian-American. And President BidenContinue reading “A New Hope”

3,000 a Day and Counting

The virus is running rampant, thanks to the Trump administration’s complete abdication of responsibility for controlling it. Yesterday we hit 3,055 U.S. deaths from the virus in one day, the highest ever. That surpasses the number killed in the 9/11 attacks, which was 2,977. In fact, most of the deadliest days in U.S. history wereContinue reading “3,000 a Day and Counting”