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7 Tips That Might Help You Live to 100+

My husband, Jim DeDad, is quite the genealogist. He’s always following hints on, scrolling through old, imaged documents, and updating his Italian family tree. We even traveled to Italy a few years ago to walk the same narrow streets

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St. Paul’s Italian Festival: An August Tradition in Erie, PA

Every August, the St. Paul Roman Catholic Church holds its three-day Italian festival celebrating the Feast of the Assumption. St. Paul’s is located in Erie’s historic Little Italy and is the parish my in-laws grew up and were married in. We’ve

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A Two-Week Tour of Italy! Introduction

In the summer of 2011, my husband and I traveled to Italy on a site-seeing and genealogy tour. All four of Jim’s grandparents were born in Italy, so he had wanted to visit their homeland for some time. While we

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A Collection of My Suite 101 Articles

A few years ago, I had the pleasure of writing articles for a Web site called It paid next to nothing, but it kept my hand in writing while I spent some time as a program director at Penn

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No Place Like Home (17-of-17)

Well, now we’re back home in the USA, in our small community, in Erie, PA. Although we had an amazing time in Italy, we’re so glad to be back home. From the time we woke up yesterday morning, until we

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Another Festival Wraps Up Our Journey (16-of-17)

For the last two days of our vacation, we stayed in Gaeta, a seaside town south of Rome, for its proximity to Itri, which is where Jim’s maternal grandparents were born. Itri is much larger than Troia, where his paternal

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Relatives in Troia and a Tour of a Castle (15-of-17)

On the morning after the procession, we went back to Troia so Jim could return to the tourist info office and ask some more questions. The man who spoke English well was there and he said that his friend’s mother

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Troia’s Procession for Patron Saints (14-of-17)

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, we decided to return to Troia in the evening to observe the procession for the Cathedral of Beata Maria Vergine Assunta in Cielo’s celebration of its six patron saints, Eleuterio, Ponziano, Anastasio, Secondidino, Urban,

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A Walk through Troia and through Time (13-of-17)

Yesterday, we drove 40 minutes from our hotel in Lucera (Grand Hotel Vigna Nocelli) to the hometown of Jim’s grandparents, Troia, in Puglia, which is located on the eastern side of the mountains, and Naples is on the west coast

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Flat Tire! In Italy? (12-of-17)

So, everything was going so smoothly yesterday as we left Capri. Breakfast at 8:30 a.m., shuttle left the hotel at 8:55, bought tickets for the SuperJet and left the Island at 9:35 a.m., and on the road out of Naples

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