INTRODUCTION TO “THE KEY TO MY GRANDFATHER’S HOUSE”

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… a very personal, yet universal story of an immigrant, Italian-American family …

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My brother Doug and I, along with two Italian Aunts, went to Italy, the place of my father’s birth. After traveling all over the world … Africa, China, India, Pakistan, the Philippines and more,  I did not expect that this trip would affect me more deeply than any trip before.

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My brother, the journalist, usually writes his emotions but felt the need to turn to photography to help express his feelings. I usually photograph things that are important to me but, my usual medium felt insufficient to interpret what I felt, and I started writing.
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“The Key to My Grandfather’s House” was the result.  I kept the story to myself for over a year, not knowing why.  Then, something even more significant than this trip happened. I realized that my story was lacking a conclusion until the events recounted in the last chapter.

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PLEASE NOTE: Personal privacy is a very high priority for me. Thus, I use only the first names of family members mentioned in “The Key to my Grandfather’s House.” My purpose here is not to share family secrets; it is to explore the shared, universal realities of an immigrant family background. If you are interested in genealogy or similar quests, please leave a comment below and I will pass on your name to family members involved in that search.

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ALSO NOTE:  I don’t claim that this is poetry or any other named medium or form. I just began writing. I perform “The Key to my Grandfather’s House” as a “spoken word” essay, most recently with indescribable poet and spoken word artist, Ron Whitehead and the Third Eye Cabaret in Charleston, West Virginia. Many of the page and line breaks in The Key, are an attempt to express the deep feelings tapped in writing this story, as if I was reciting it to you. For information about performances please contact me using “comments” below or, by email at Connect@CowGarage.com . 

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Now, please find a few minutes to sit quietly and enjoy chapter one of, “The Key to My Grandfather’s House.” Click the Keyhole below to begin. Also, your candid comments would be very welcome. Use one of the comment forms at the bottom of each page.

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