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Three Generations of Brooklyn

A mother yells to her daughter, “Get up and start getting ready.” The daughter is jolted out of her slumber, which only lasted two hours considering she went to sleep at 4:37 a.m. She rolls out of bed groggy and disoriented but following her mother’s command. She took her shower the night before and laid […]

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When the Coronavirus Comes Home

“How do you feel, sweetie?” my mom now asks me at least ten times a day from her new bedroom on the living room couch.  My dad has been quarantined in their upstairs bedroom for a week. He stays locked away, lying in bed in sweatpants and old white t-shirts that are soaked with perspiration, […]

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow

There are certain fleeting moments in life, when you feel reality slipping from your grip. Situations that don’t feel real, but are. We’ve all had them, those glimpses of the world as you know it, but something just seems off. It’s an unsettling feeling, like leaving the cinema at night when the car park sits […]

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Remembering Joseph

Joseph Migliucci, one of the most esteemed restaurateurs of the Bronx’s Little Italy, fell victim to the coronavirus on the morning of April 6, 2020. He was 81 years old – the fourth generation of Migliuccis to run Vera Mario’s Pizzeria. Joseph was my grandfather’s cousin. I’d like to think that most of us have […]

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A Second Christmas for Delivery Drivers

My father arrived home from his job as a UPS driver just before 11 p.m. Without greeting anybody, he unlaced his work boots and took off his brown company-issued button down shirt. “Long day again?” I asked. “Yeah,” he said. “Another long one.” He walked into the kitchen of our Holtsville home and set his […]