Diana Lucarino-Diekmann

Contributing writer

Vita di Paese: Bridge(s) Over Troubled Water

June 2024
The Cuyahoga River, dividing the east and west sides of Cleveland, was one of the most polluted waterways in the country. Unregulated dumping for over 100 years had smothered the river in a foot of oil, chemicals, and SUBSCRIBE NOW! online +...


Vita di Paese: Italian Bridges

May 2024
The advent of bridges coincided with the rise of modern civilization in ancient Mesopotamia. A bridge is a structure that provides passage over valleys, rough terrain, rivers and SUBSCRIBE NOW! online + newspaper This section of the article is...


Vita di Paese: Lake View Cemetery: Crypts, Mausoleums and Tombstones

April 2024
When Joseph Carabelli, a funerary monument maker, moved to Cleveland in 1880 and established the Lake View Granite and Monumental Works near the cemetery, he encouraged Italian immigrants to settle nearby and work for him, and thus, within five...


More of the Bizarre…and Awesome Cults, Catacombs and Crypts

March 2024
I have a peculiar curiosity for death and the hereafter and a love of the peacefulness of cemeteries. So, on my travels, I have gravitated toward experiencing what most people think is bizarre, but I think is awesome.  The high altar of San...


The Capuchins and Their Crypts

February 2024
What you are now, we once were; what we are now, you shall be The Capuchins They were first known as “Friars Minor of the hermetic life,” then later called Capuchins, which comes from the Latin word cappuccio or capuche, for the hood the Friars...


Cults, Catacombs and Crypts

January 2024
L'articolo tratta di catacombe, tombe, delle cripte e del culto delle reliquie presenti ovunque in Italia. Descrive alcune catacombe e cripte esistenti fin dal Medioevo. Tombe e reliquie si trovano anche in Vaticano. Questi luoghi e ossari vari...


Altars

December 2023
The word altar comes from the Latin, altarium, meaning “high” and adolere, meaning “to ritually burn or sacrifice,” which suggests its original purpose was, as detailed in the Bible, sacrifice, adoration, and worship. For Catholics, the Son of God...


In-Church Altars

December 2023
L'articolo descrive i vari altari esistenti nelle diverse religioni. Ad esempio, i romani pagani usarono un altare chiamato lararium. Si trovano nelle case e hanno sempre una candela accesa. Fu un altare per il dio Lares. Gli altari cristiani...


Madonnelle

November 2023
Devotional imagery has long been a part of Roman tradition and placing a painting or statue of a deity at a crossroads, lare compita, was thought to protect passersby from demons that could come out at night.Madonnelle, or streets shrines, guard...


The Adventures of Pinocchio: Tragedy or Transformation

August 2023
L'articolo è un confronto tra la storia originale di Pinocchio scritta da Carlo Collodi nel 1883 con la versione realizzata dalla Disney nel 1940. Lo scrittore spiega che nella storia originale, ogni volta che Pinocchio era cattivo, aveva...


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