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Sempre Diritto Part Three 2001

During this week, sempre diritto reared its head once again. Literally, it means “always straight” or, straight ahead. Italians often say this when you ask for directions. It signifies to me that I am lost. I had a revelation: getting lost is una metafora per la vita. It is not so much that we have lost our way, but that ...

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Sempre Diritto Redux (2001)

Italy is beautiful, fabulous, and embraces a much different way of life. It is also a country most maddening, with its own share of quirks.  Read on. Sempre Diritto, “straight ahead.” You may recall that in Calabria whenever I asked for directions, I was told sempre diritto. In Week eight, I got my revenge when two Italians asked me how ...

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Sempre Diritto: Week 5

Loosely translated: straight ahead. In my fifth week in Italy, 2001, I traveled to the village of Serra Pedace in Calabria, in search of my roots. My grandparents emigrated almost 100 years ago. Although they did not meet and marry until they arrived in America, they came from the same small town in Italy–Serra Pedace. For years, my grandfather told stories ...

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