Veterans Day

Last week I posted about my Petrini great grandparents, Italian immigrants to northeastern Pennsylvania who died in the flu epidemic of 1918. Today, for Veterans Day, I want to introduce you to their son, my grandfather Bart Petrini, Sr., who was a World War II veteran. He was 11 years old when both of hisContinue reading “Veterans Day”

My Assisi Heritage

I was trying to come up with a blog post today for the #BlogLikeCrazy challenge, and I realized that what I’d really like to do is expand what I posted earlier today, for Photo Friday. I posted a photograph of my great grandparents Francesco and Maria Petrini, who both died on October 9, 1918, inContinue reading “My Assisi Heritage”

Photo Friday: Pandemic, 1918

This year’s pandemic has brought up for many people the history of the last time the world suffered devastating numbers of deaths from a contagious disease that spread around the world. That was, of course, the 1918 flu pandemic. I grew up on stories of the 1918 flu. My great grandparents in my father’s paternalContinue reading “Photo Friday: Pandemic, 1918”

Photo Friday: Get Out the Vote

I chose today’s photo because Election Day is this Tuesday. I voted, in person, more than a month ago. And I brought my son along. I’ve often brought him with me to the polls, but this year is different. He’s 18 now, and he voted in his first general election! (He did vote in aContinue reading “Photo Friday: Get Out the Vote”

Friday Five: Old School

I don’t officially participate in Friday Five, a blog prompt that provides a list each week of five questions on one theme. But every now and then I hear about the questions and find them interesting. This is one of those times! These questions were the prompt for a few weeks ago. The topic: ThingsContinue reading “Friday Five: Old School”

Priceless Family Heirloom

Someone asked if I have any treasured heirlooms, such as portraits of my ancestors, hanging on my walls. Actually, I do have one family heirloom on the wall, but it’s not a portrait. In fact, it’s kind of a family joke. Once upon a time, when ashtrays were a thing, my grandmother had these enormous,Continue reading “Priceless Family Heirloom”

Let’s Drink to St. Francis

Today is both the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi and National Vodka Day. Because after a long day of preaching to birds, taming wolves, and being generally selfless, you really need to throw back a few shots of Absolut. My Petrini ancestors came from Assisi, so I have a special fondness for thatContinue reading “Let’s Drink to St. Francis”

Election Night 2016

Somebody asked me yesterday where I was when I heard Trump had been elected president. I was at a local bar where the Democratic Committer was gathering for what we hoped would be a victory party. We were elated when Virginia went for Clinton — laughing, screaming, dancing. A few minutes later, Wisconsin went forContinue reading “Election Night 2016”