How I Ended Up in Connecticut: Part 1

When I was 21, with just a few days left in college, I drove to Connecticut to interview with the Hartford/Windsor Marriott. Some recruiter found my resume and matched me with an open restaurant manager position. The recruiter did a good job coaching me on how to answer the interview questions and the Marriott hiring … Continue reading How I Ended Up in Connecticut: Part 1

Our Italian Migration Story Part 2: The Cachemire

Five years after his mother's death, my great grandfather Leonardo Demma was becoming a man. He was just five feet three inches tall, with broad shoulders and a lean muscular build. His wavy hair was jet black and his eyes were dark brown and set deeply behind bushy black eye brows. His olive skin became … Continue reading Our Italian Migration Story Part 2: The Cachemire

Our Italian Migration Story Part 1: The Promise

Modern Italy was not a unified country until the mid-nineteenth century, and unification was hard-fought. In 1860, a charismatic leader named Giuseppe Garibaldi led a rag-tag militia and finally removed the French Bourbon occupiers after two hundred years of brutal tyranny. The movement was named after the militia's battle cry - Risorgimento! Garibaldi turned over control … Continue reading Our Italian Migration Story Part 1: The Promise