In Awe of Stars and the Moon

Our family’s matriarch, my mother Clara, will celebrate 91 years of age this December. Mom was at the helm of every holiday and celebration until the last few years where changes necessitated her giving up things she loved. Sadly, sewing, writing, cooking, baking, gardening, and reading had to be delegated to others.

My Sundays at Mom’s are spent doing chores as she patiently waits for me to sit and read to her. My favorite is “Le voci di Civitanova,” the annual publication from my family’s hometown in southern Italy. It updates my Mom on the town’s news along with poignant personal stories, poetry and


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