She has a weak heart–it beats erratically when she is frightened or angry or determined. She wonders, seeing the two Vannguard small trucks both idling along a street near her house, do I have it in me to approach these … Continued


An Italian-American who immigrated to the U.S. when she was twelve recently returned from visiting long-time friends in Rome, Milan, Parma, and Bologna. “They don’t remarry,” she said, “because they don’t divorce. They find ‘un companio’ and have children together.”Though … Continued

Water Quality and Showers

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Over the weekend, after shoveling wet snow in Saint Paul, I drove off into the wilds of Minneapolis for a shower. Funny usage, that “shower” for a women’s gathering to shower a new bride with presents. I suspect commercial connivage … Continued