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The House on Hancock Street

Antonio Gentile packed his personal belongings and left the tiny Italian village of Atena Lucana, bound for a new life in America. He arrived in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1919, and was greeted by his brother, Alfonso, who had recently emigrated as well. Antonio trained to be a machinist like his brother, and worked diligently for Van Norman Machine & Tool. He learned to speak English and became a U.S. citizen. In 1920, Rosina Mango (also from Atena Lucana) joined Antonio in America and they were married. Over the next eight years, Rose gave birth to five boys: Luigi, Alfonso, James, Read more…

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The First Post

Here it is! My first blog post. I’ve been thinking about this blog and planning it in my head for quite a while. When my youngest son was in preschool, I realized I would want some sort of “job” once he started kindergarten. After being a stay-at-home mom for 10 years, I considered going back to work, but decided against it for several reasons (more on that in a future post). I wanted a creative outlet for my writing, photography, and design skills – all of which are still emerging and in need of much practice and refining. A blog Read more…