“His Name Kate So They Have to Wed Over Again”

My maternal grandparents —Gaetano Spera and Antoinetta Pizzichillo — immigrated from Potenza, Basilicata, Italy,  on separate ships in 1906 and 1912. They were married in 1913 so I requested a copy of their marriage license application from the Denver Public Library’s...

Mt. Vesuvio–The eruption of 1944

In November 2016,  I joined  the Ramblers, a hiking organization in the United Kingdom, for a two week walk on the beautiful Sorrentine Peninsula off the Bay of Naples. I and  several of fellow walkers hiked the Il Sentiero degli Dei (the Path of the Gods), among many...