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Page 4 POST-GAZETTE, MAY 23, 2014 L 'Anne BellO:FortheLoveofSummerby AllyA DiYearcenso s,mynk, wiczin Italian Folklore I 1 I can feel hope and free- blueberry pies and bright addition to traveling outside dom crackling through the flags peeking out from and enjoying the spring air air, wafting through the wicker baskets, clear smoke during this day. Ascension by Sal Giarratani bright green leaves that snaking out from above a also boasts several unique TOO Many People ale Out of Work 8rid wave in the trees. I can taste grill and the salty odor of traditions. In Florence, the succulent flavors of a deep blue ocean water. One Ascension Day is the time [ash]noton Keeps Spinning the spin on summer day whenever I bite of my favorite memories of for la Festa del Grillo, or into a tart strawberry or the creamy piece of a rhubarb cake, leaping like sunshine in my mouth. An electric sort of anticipation runs through my body as warm air drifts in through the window of my classroom and I eagerly count how many days are left until the school year ends. Sum- mer feels especially palpable this week because Monday is Memorial Day --:perhaps there are no more relaxing words in the English lan- guage than "long weekend." Memorial Day is a holiday that reminds me of many wonderful sensations simul- taneously: the sticky-sweet smell of barbecue, evening sunlight peeking through green trees, the laughter of family and neighbors at cook- outs, an American flag wav- ing in the breeze. Besides Memorial Day, this week also hosts another summer holiday, Ascension Day, which is widely celebrated in Italy. Collectively, these holi- days introduce the bright, long days of summer with communal gatherings and friendly traditions. Memorial Day is every bit as patriotic a holiday as the Fourth of July, but in my opinion far more subtle. The Fourth of July takes place, in the height of summer, when the heat calls for celebra- tions that are bombastic and laden with fanfare. However, Memorial Day festivities cause people to step out for the summer for the first time, ringing with hope and expectation and unleashed joy. Memorial Day means vintage Americana for me, Ally Di Censo Symynkywicz Memorial Day involves the time I casually looked out the big screen door in my family room on the Saturday of that long weekend; out- side I could see vibrant yellow-green fireflies flick- ering in the soft darkness and hear the faint snatches of an Eagles song emanating from some far-off cookout. This subtle juxtaposition of a classic summertime sym- bol -- the firefly -- with music from a quintessen- tially American band epito- mized the holiday for me. This Memorial Day, I will spend time with my family, surrounded by laughter and food, including my corn pud- ding and a chocolate-straw- berry trifle. I will also pause to honor the real signifi- cance of Memorial Day: pay- ing homage to the brave military men and women who passed on, whose sacri- fices made the above men- tioned freedoms possible. Three days after Memorial Day, on Thursday, May 29 th, the holiday of Ascension occurs. This holiday is actu- ally part of the Easter sea- son; falling forty days after Easter, it commemorates Jesus' ascent into Heaven. In Italy, the festival is called Festa dell' Ascensione, and it is celebrated with picnics and outdoor excursions, much like Memorial Day traditions in this country. Italian superstition warns against doing any sort of work on Ascension Day, so as to not disturb its holiness and this add to the sense of freedom and celebration that characterizes the holiday. In is a Graduate Student in History Cricket Festival, where chil- dren buy cages with pictures of crickets or toy crickets inside, thought to be a good luck charm. It also tradition to drink milk on Ascension Day in Italy -- supposedly, milk and water acquire magical properties during Ascension Day, and as such it provides people with pro- tective qualities. In the Jew- ish holiday of Shavuot, cel- ebrating the time God gave the Torah to Israel, is simi- larly celebrated by eating dairy-based foods. La Festa dell' Ascensione, therefore, contains many symbols that characterize the Ital- ian summer, from cheerful cricket toys to family meals eaten outside in the sun. It heralds in a season of hap- piness and carefree atti- tudes with the help of nature and Earth's bounty. This week, Memorial Day and Ascension Day both provide ample opportunities to revel in the summer weather. Enjoy a cookout or stroll by the cool waters of the ocean, pack a picnic to eat under the shade, or bite into a juicy ripe strawberry. No matter how you choose to celebrate, remember that summer is a season charac- terized by vibrant life. Simi- larly, approach all your days with the same gusto and optimism as you would a long weekend. If it is one thing that summer teaches us, with its shimmering sun- light and crowns of vegeta- tion waving gail through the trees, it is tha there is always room in lie for joy, nature and love. at the University of Massachu- setts Boston. She appreciates any comments and suggestions about Italian holidays and folk- lore at DAV Mobile Service office So many veterans feel confused about benefits and services they have earned. There is so much to know ... and so many changes from one year to the next. That is why the nonprofit DAV offers help. The DAV Mobile Service Office will be at the follow- ing locations to personally provide the best counseling and claim filing assistance. available. Like all DAV ser- vices, help from the Mobile Service Office is FREE TO ALL VETERANS AND MEM- BERS OF THEIR FAMILIES. Monday, June 2, 2014; 9:00 am to 3:00 pm; Moose Lodge 2485, 601 State Road, f NOBILE INSURANCE ALBANO F. PONTE, CEP Financial and Estate Planning Email afponte Phone 617-320-0022 MICHAEL F. NOBILE, CPCU mnobile @ BOSTON 30 Prince Street Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-6766 Fax (617) 523-0078 MEDFORD 39 Salem Street Meclford, MA 02155 (781) 395-4200 Fax (781) 391-8493 J Does it really matter whose fault it is? Recently, Governor Susana Martinez, the governor of New Mexico stated her opinion that, Too many Americans are out of work and our debt is out of control." She cut through the chase. That's her bottom line and the bottom line of most Americans who are still paying taxes and footing the bill for all the takers out there. Recently, fast food workers decided to strike across the country for a new $15 mini- mum wage. These workers say they can't support fami- lies on the current mini- mum wage they receive from their employers. They also want to form a union too. I am sure SEIU would love to add them to their ranks. However, most fast food workers are either young kids in school or elderly. The biggest thing happening at a fast food joint isn't a burger or fries; it is turnovers as in new workers replacing old workers quite rapidly. Fast food jobs weren't meant to be jobs to raise families on. Mostly, they were part-time jobs by young people adding to their fam- ily's total income. Politicians, especially lib- eral ones, love seeing fast food workers going on strike because it takes the lime- light off them and how they are failing at helping to cre- ate new decent income jobs for working families. Fighting for higher mini- mum wages takes the focus off target and only helps liberals attack the dreaded 1 percenters responsible for all the ills of society. The focus should be on getting the millions unemployed back to work and quick. However, the Democrats mantra has be- come extending unemploy- ment checks forever because they can't seem to solve the problem of our jobless recov- ery thanks to the Obama White House. In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio recently signed a new welfare reform into law. No longer must abled bodied childless adults need to search out employment or job training as before. Now they can just sit on their hands and get up only when U.S. Marl shows up with their mailed check. Why pretend folks are looking for work when staying home looks much easier. At some point the spin- ning must stop and our leaders get off their @$$#$ and go to work so Americans can get back to work too. Getting a check in the mail doesn't make things better and only increases the never-ending rise in the debt. Our leaders seem real good at working to rise the national debt. America needs work again for everyone. Plymouth, MA. 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