Fevers – Measure Away Mamma

December 27, 2011
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Italian mammas spend their days measuring their child’s fevers.  When a child has the flu, the mamma has to measure the temperature at least four or five times a day to report the specific number — 38.3, 39.1, 37.9 — back to the mother-in-law, husband and pediatrician.  An Italian pediatrician under the National Health Service […]

Patting the Bunny

December 19, 2011
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I had a bad case of the Monday morning grouches today. Perhaps it was because I spent three hours – until midnight- Sunday night combing through an unnamed child’s hair pulling out lice and lice eggs. Then I had to sequester stuffed animals, disinfect hairbrushes and change bedclothes. What is it with the super-snotty French […]

Mozz Mamma Meets Polizia Municipale

November 28, 2011
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To use an Italian expression, yesterday things went really storto (crooked). First, I had to work on a Sunday. I had to cover the Pope’s Weekly Angelus message from his window in the Apostolic Palace above St. Peter’s Square at noon. It is no big deal. Someone from our office has to do it every […]

Halloween Pumpkin Controversy In Italy

October 31, 2011
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Controversy over Halloween in Italy!! The Cardinal of Bologna has lashed out against a planned pumpkin party in his city. According to news reports he declared Halloween “a pagan festival that proposes itself as an alternative to the Christian tradition.” He went on to say “if you really have pumpkins to get rid of make […]

Penelope Cruz on Being a Mamma

October 27, 2011
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This week I am covering the Rome Film Festival.  It is a relatively small and little-known compared to the Film Festivals at Venice at Cannes, but I enjoy covering because it gives me a chance to see lots of good movies and interview actors that I would not normally have access to. Wednesday night they […]

Mozzarella Mamma versus Tiger Mother

September 22, 2011
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According to author Amy Chua in her “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” there are 7 points which distinguish a Chinese mother from a “typical Western overscheduling soccer mom.” Instead, I would like to contrast these 7 points with how I see the warmth and coddling of the Italian “Mozzarella Mamma”. I suppose if I […]

The Tailhook and the Elegant Dinner Party

September 10, 2011
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There have been exciting moments on the job at APTN that I could use to surprise Italians who might have believed in my ‘Brava Mamma Italiana’ act. During the wars in Bosnia and Kosovo, APTN frequently sent us onto aircraft carriers from which fighter jets were flying bombing missions.  Getting flown onto an aircraft carrier […]

Mozzarella Kids

September 3, 2011
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Probably the most popular and symbolic Italian delicacy is the mozzarella.  A mamma friend once explained to me that she was worried she was raising her children to be mozzarellas.  A lot of Americans think of mozzarella as that yellowy, gooey glop on the top of a cheese pizza. That doesn’t count.  Real Italian mozzarella […]