Gioacchino Rossini was a master composer of light, carefree, happy music. A master of the comic opera known in Italian as "opera buffa," his "Barber of Seville" is a masterpiece of the genre.
Busy moms, busy kids, snowy traffic snarls...who wouldn't want some sunshine in a bowl, in fewer than 15 minutes? This quick, creamy refried bean soup is the perfect winter comfort food!
This is a proposed itinerary for families with middle school age (or younger or older) children in Boston’s North End. For other ideas, please see my blog: everymom1.blogspot.com.
This Weight Watchers and ovo-lacto vegetarian friendly cauliflower fritters recipe makes a fresh alternative to the usual. These yummy pancakes convinced my finicky 11-year-old to love cauliflower!
Minestrone is a hearty Italian vegetable soup, sometimes made with rice or pasta. Coming from the Latin word meaning "to serve," it is a dish served right at the table. It can be served hot or cold.
Adult humans' bodies are approximately 50-60% water. Every organ and system in our body depends on water. For good health, we need to consume about 2 quarts per day; about 20% can come from our diet.
This authentic sugo alla bolognese is easy to make. It's great for everything from pastas to Italian-style sloppy joes!
Valentine’s Day is a day for lovers in most of the world, celebrated February 14. It is not a universal Roman Catholic saints’ day, though Catholics following the pre-Vatican II Calendar observe it.
Traditional Argentinian empanadas are made with a ground beef filling, seasoned with ground cumin and red chili pepper. They are labor intensive but well worth the effort! Everyone you know will rave!
A fresh, no-cook summer dessert that is light-tasting and just the right amount of sweetness to end a grilled or seafood meal. Make with just four ingredients and 15 minutes or less prep time!
Chapter or unit tests, essays, projects, SATs, other standard tests, are examples of summative evaluations, or culminating activities. This article explains how to use this student performance data.
If you arrive at JFK in the early morning and have a layover of more than two or three hours before your next flight, here is a sample itinerary for visiting New York City with - or without - kids.
An ELL is someone learning English as a Second Language. Here, learn about second language acquisition and the instructional methods in use in the US for ELL students.
The imperative mood is for giving commands, advice or suggestions, directions, or making requests in a language. This article tells you how to form and use the imperative in Italian.
You do not need to spend a lot of money to show Mom you love her on Mother's Day. This article gives you three ideas for celebrating Mom's special day, anywhere in the world!
Mother's Day is difficult for those of us who have lost our Mother. Here are two non-commercial, non-profit ideas for celebrating Mother's Day and your deceased Mom's life and legacy.
Italians do not really eat a hearty breakfast. Unless you're a kid, breakfast in Italy is just enough to break the night's fast and get the stomach ready for the traditionally bigger lunch-time meal.
The Blessed, or Holy, Trinity is the core belief of Catholics. It states that God is three Persons, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, in one Being. This concept is explained here for non-Catholics.
This article provides an overview of and rationale for the seven Roman Catholic Sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick, Marriage, and Holy Orders.
This article describes the Roman Catholic Sacrament of Confirmation, the second Sacrament of Initiation into the faith. Traditionally, Confirmation is received at around age 15.
Whether you are the one moving away or the one staying put, it is hard to say goodbye to friends who have been with you most of your life. This article gives you tips on saying goodbye.
The Boston Fire Museum, tucked right around the corner from the Children's Museum, is a great way to spend an hour or two with your family and to honor the everyday heroes that our firefighters are.
The Rosary is a humble devotion for peace, said by Catholics and non-Catholics alike. It is relatively easy for kids to learn and a great way to pray together as a family.
Patriots' Day is an official April holiday in Maine and Massachusetts, on the 3rd Monday. It honors the American Revolution, though it may be best known for the running of the Boston Marathon!
This recipe uses béchamel or white sauce, made with 1% milk, as a base for creating a hearty cream of broccoli (or any vegetable) soup with just five ingredients to serve as a first or main course.
This is a basic recipe that is limited only by your imagination and your family's tastes. Add meat, fish, or tofu in a balsamic reduction or vermouth sauce and it's a complete meal!
Easy, quick, kid-friendly recipes to use as a base for re-using leftover French fries (the soggy or hard kind) without reheating (which doesn’t usually work!).
This article offers a few tips for including a visit (or two!) to the Museum of Fine Arts when traveling to Boston, MA with children.
This easy plain almond cake can be decorated with almost anything: topped with preserves or chocolate frosting!
This article outlines a few resources, from Facebook and Twitter, to publishing ebooks, for self-publishing for educators and others.
When do you tell your child the truth about the childhood myths of Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny? This article tells when NOT to tell your child.
March 19 is the first Feast Day of St. Joseph in the calendar year. Southern Italians honor it with meatless dishes - the Table of St. Joseph. In New Orleans a tradition has been to build altars.
The Higgins Armory is one of the largest collections of medieval and Renaissance armor outside of Europe and the only museum dedicated specifically to armor in the entire western hemisphere.
Empanadas are South American turnover. Traditional Argentinian empanadas are ground beef. Tuna empanadas are great hors d’oeuvres, snacks or main meal, perfect for Fridays of Lent.
Are you bi- or multilingual? Are you searching for the right career? Medical interpreting is a tough but rewarding profession. Medical interpreters work in hospitals and many other settings.
This article briefly describes the Roman Catholic sacrament of Penance, also officially known as the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and popularly known as "making your Confession."
This article briefly describes the traditional Roman Catholic devotion of the Stations of the Cross, also called the Via Crucis or The Way, which commemorate Jesus Christ's Passion and Death.
This article describes Lent, the forty days before Easter. Lent is about gaining a broader perspective on ourselves and our world, a catharsis, in the pursuit of happiness.
For young or old, new, devout or lapsed Catholics, or for the simply curious, this article describes the seasonal basis to the Roman Catholic calendar. How Catholics celebrate Jesus all year long!
This article helps parents reflect on important criteria for their child as well as for their family, based on family values, time, and their child’s learning personality in order to narrow the choices for their child’s elementary (Grades Kindergarten through 5, or K-5) education.
This article describes traditional New England breakfasts still found today throughout the six New England states: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.
This article helps students and others achieve better scores on standardized exams and tests by applying proven strategies. This article gives strategies for multiple-choice tests as well as for short answer questions. The best advice? Make sure to read the directions carefully and answer all parts...
Unemployment gives you time to assess who you were and who you want to be professionally, explore new options through volunteering, reassess personal goals and make plans for the future. This article maps out strategies to prepare for what, in this economy, can be a grueling round of crafting cover...
This article tells you what to expect and how to prepare for a telephone job interview, also called a "phone screen."
José Martí (1853-1895), known as the "Apostle of Cuban Independence," was a poet, translator, writer, political activist, and freedom fighter.
Are you looking to change careers? Are you unemployed and have exhausted your benefits? Are you looking for a telecommuting or freelance experience in order to be home for your school age kids? Freelance translation, working from your home office, may just be the answer you’re looking for…but...
Improve your child's or student's writing in 3 simple steps. These techniques and strategies will help your elementary, middle school, or high school student improve grades and critical thinking skills.
3 necessary techniques in order to improve or jump-start your writing: a writer’s advice for how to train yourself to improve rusty writing skills or to reconnect with yourself as a writer. The 3 essential ingredients according to this article are: a writer’s notebook, a specific time and place...
What is Dress for Success? It is a non-profit charity (a 501(c)(3) charitable organization in the U.S. and a registered charity outside the U.S.) with national and international affiliates where women help economically disadvantaged women build self-esteem and a foundation for lasting financial...
Advice for meeting your favorite Disney characters, from Mickey and Minnie Mouse to Woody and Buzz, at Walt Disney World and Disney Theme Parks.
This article reveals the best kept secret at the Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts: where to get great coffee! (Hint: it's only available at Hollywood Studios!) A quick reference for where and how to eat on a budget at Walt Disney World Resort's Hollywood Studios Park, whether you're on the Meal...
This “Top Ten” List of Classic Books for Girls 8-12 is compiled and written by an unrepentantly prodigious, voracious and rapacious lifelong reader-single mom who still remembers – without peeking – the names of characters and plot twists and, perhaps, even a moral or two in them. Mostly,...
November is National Novel Writing Month and it's just around the corner! Sign up for NaNoWriMo, become a WriMo and write the next Great American Novel! Here's how.
October is a month in which there is a concentration of awareness campaigns, especially for the health field, according to the official U.S. calendar of National Health Observances.
The third in a series of articles about the art, practice and business of interpreting.
The first in a new series of articles on breakfast, its importance, how it's eaten around the world, how to make it the best meal of your day - even if you've been a breakfast-skipper most (or all) of your life!
A series of articles about the art, practice and business of interpreting.
A series of articles about the art, practice and business of interpreting.
Top Ten List of Must-Read Children's Classics for Children Ages 8-10 Years and the Adults Who Love Them, written and shared by an incorrigible, prodigious reader who still remembers the plot, characters and her reactions to every book on this list (and then some!).
A primer on foreign/special characters and how to type them using Microsoft's Word word-processing software.
A daughter's fictionalized account of her mother's battle against death, as she lay in a hospital intensive care unit after suffering a respiratory/cardiac event and began going into a multi-systems shutdown. In real life, the author's mother did miraculously recover fully, for two months before...
Everywhere we go in the United States, we find interesting place names. Ever wonder about their historical connections? This article explores the origins of places named "Milan," at first glance the English translation of the Italian "Milano," in the United States.
Kids 9-10 years old (and older) love the ease of reading with e-readers. They also love the portability and "cool" factor. Even schools are running pilot initiatives for their libraries. How about you? As a parent, educator, or interested/involved adult, what trends have you seen?
How many cities or towns named "Medford" exist in the United States? Some people erroneously think that Medford is ubiquitous across the 50 states. A quick Google search reveals that this is not the case!