That slow marathon of 1974 is the one I treasure. I think about it whenever things go wrong, whenever people let me down, whenever I let myself down. And now, 39 years later, this unspeakable thing happens at the Boston Marathon.
The biggest hunger I feel when I watch Cake Boss is not for a piece of cake. It's for a piece of the Valastro clan's sense of connectedness and rapport. I feel like I'm there, in the bakery or in one of their home kitchens, their warmth around me, cajoling me to have one more helping.
I have always had trouble figuring out to which country I belong. I travel regularly to Italy, speak Italian, have Italian friends, but I have always lived in the U.S. I don't really fit in either country.
It must be stated, and known, that with its conservative and traditional ways of thinking, the Italian-American community -- my own community -- has not always been accepting and understanding of my sexual orientation.
In my interview with the acclaimed author, Falco discuss his own internal battles with the violence in the book, his concerns about perpetuating stereotypes of Italian Americans and what it was like stepping into the footsteps of one of America's greatest storytellers, the late Mario Puzo.
This political love-fest between Governor Chris Christie and these people begging him to run for president is going to end abruptly when the big guy realizes something that others have realized before him.
We always waited until Christmas Eve to get our tree. My father liked being in a strong bargaining position, knowing that whatever the tree salesman couldn't unload would be worthless to him the next day.
Columbus Day can be an Americas day, plural not possessive, and can honor the original peoples of the hemisphere as it reminds us, its current peoples, that we share more than a land mass, we share a future.