second generation american dream
Senior Stories

American Dream: Second Generation American Journey

I, Joe Masi, work my way out of my mother’s womb on November 18, 1899; a second generation American, son of Italian immigrants. My Dad’s from the north, Genoa; my Mom, from the south, Sicily. Dad is a factory worker, operates a stamping press until the press crushes his hand. He reluctantly becomes a one-handed…

moral dilemma
Senior Stories

Moral Dilemma: 1935 Philosophy 101

I’m five, watch bigger boys play ball in the schoolyard across the street from Dad’s garage. End of left field is a waist-high-barbwire fence. The other side is my Grandma’s vineyard, vegetable garden, and farmyard; pecking chickens, a couple of goats, and a four-hundred-pound white pig. Little did I know that this would be the…


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