National Organization of Italian American Women Award

My Gratitude: Once again, my thanks to the National Organization of Italian American Women for an the award which honored me for my work and for Italian Kisses, a Providence Journal series. For more Italian stories, visit my inspiration, Ed Writes.  (Photo from Award day is by GLB Drummond) Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with […]

An Attic Full of Treasures and Farewell

Thursday Posted Sep 1, 2016 at 9:30 PM This is my last “Italian Kisses” column. Every time that I wrote this column, I felt blessed. Now it is time to say goodbye and bring to fruition a book for my children, their children, our family, friends and readers who wish to experience the joy of Italian memories. It has been […]

Providence Journal, Most Recent Archives

When She Wasn’t Baking, She Was Crocheting Stop Texting and Start Talking June meant lilacs, brides and bocce Summer Rituals: Fireworks, Flying Horses, and Frozen Custard Kind Commencement Words Counter Political Negativity Italian Kisses: Biscotti for fabric, a fair trade Grandma’s Rose-Colored Words To Read HEALTH stories, please go to the Search bar. Bookmark on […]

Providence Journal Earlier Columns

From her Pizzagaina to Zeppole, Grandma Was Queen The Pairing of Music and Art at Boston Athenaeum Mixing Politics and Pastry Finding the secret to lifelong love All about Grandma’s candy drawer Turn 2016 into a year of gratitude My Army Dad and the Perfect Tree Master Thieves, a relationship reminder After the fig tree […]

When She Wasn’t Baking, She Was Crocheting

Posted Aug 4, 2016 at 9:30 PM/ By Rita Watson Special to The Journal It was during a holiday visit to Cape Cod recently that we began to reminisce about Italian customs and remembrances. Zia Concetta, often in her pink chenille robe and matching hair curlers, loved her bed dolls with their rows upon rows of ruffles. Uncle Ronaldo called them […]

Stop Texting and Start Talking

Telling someone you love them is more powerful than any text. By Rita WatsonSpecial to The Journal When it comes to texting instead of talking, I confess to being guilty. However, after re-reading Sherry Turkle’s “Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age,” I reviewed some of my own articles on texting and […]

June meant lilacs, brides and bocce

Rita Watson’s Italian Kisses: June meant lilacs, brides and bocce Late-blooming lilacs, biscotti, bridal bags and bocce balls were signs of June at Grandma and Grandpa’s house. Rita Watson’s mother, Clara Rose, in 1944, when she was 24 years old. Rita remember…[+] By Rita Watson Special to The Journal Posted Jun. 9, 2016 @ 9:00 […]

Summer Rituals: Fireworks, Flying Horses, and Frozen Custard

By Rita Watson Special to The Journal Posted Jul. 7, 2016 @ 9:30 pm Summer rituals and fireworks always take my breath away. Growing up Italian, we loved having any excuse for a celebration. One of my favorite times was gathering on the lawn at Grandma and Grandpa’s house on the water to watch the fireworks. Then […]

Kind Commencement Words Counter Political Negativity

By Rita Watson Special to The Journal Posted May. 26, 2016 @ 9:00 pm During this month of graduations, in a nation inundated by political name-calling, I am reminded of two commencement speeches that resonated with words of kindness and justice.Former President Jimmy Carter spoke at Trinity College in 1998 at the graduation of one of […]

Italian Kisses: Biscotti for fabric, a fair trade

Special to The Journal Posted May. 12, 2016 @ 9:30 pm To Grandma, looking fashionable was as simple as taking off the white baker’s apron that usually hugged her pastel-colored house dress. It was only on Sunday, when she dressed for church in her navy blue gabardine dress with the lace collar, that we could […]

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