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Cookie Curci

Cookie Curci
Cookie Curci is an experienced freelance writer, born and raised in San Jose, California. Cookie writes syndicated columns across the country, and wrote a "Remember When" column for The Willow Glen Resident for 15 years. Her work has been published in 15 Chicken Soup for The Soul books, and in the series of "Mother's Miracle" books ( Morrow books).She has a short story in the new book "ELVIS", Live at the Sahara Tahoe; has been published in San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury news, Woman's World, Primo magazine, Mature Living, and many websites.Cookie is currently writing for several Italian American newspapers and magazines, they include LaVoce Las Vegas, Amici Journal, L'italo Americano, Life in Italy and Italiansrus.
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It Was the Era of Nuclear Fallout and The Bunker Race

March winds and April showers bring May flowers, or so the proverb goes. But in the spring of 1952, they may have brought something...
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Dick Contino Passes Away, He Was King of the Accordions

When my Italian grandparents, Isolina and Salvatore Rizzolo, emigrated to this country at the turn of the century, they knew there was a dream...
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Those Dynamic Divas We Loved to Hate

We admired them, we hated them and, at times, we even envied them - those beautiful but dangerous film divas from the 1940s and...
Deana Martin Destination Moon. Photo courtesy Deana Martin.

Deana Martin: “Sempre Musica”: Always Music

Cookie: Hi Deana, first of all, I'd like to thank you for taking time from your hard working and hectic schedule to do this...
1940s radio

Don’t Touch That Dial!

RADIO DAZE The radio was beloved by our Grandparents, as well the younger generation.Boxtops and radios went hand-in-hand. If you were a kid in the...
cookie see saw.

Remembering a Time When Short Fences Kept Folks Friendly

We knew our neighbors well. we had two big white ducks in those days, and our neighbors, the Nelson family, ( yes there really...
A Rosie working on the A-31 Vengeance bomber in Nashville.

WWII Icon Rosie the Riveter Welded Her Way Into the Hearts...

From the Richmond CA. museum and archives. "On the morning of December 7, 1941 military forces of the Empire of Japan attacked the United...
My brother, me and mom with the TV, when video dimmed radio's star.

Remembering When Video Dimmed Radio’s Star

Remember When... Video Dimmed Radio's Star Most family pictures were taken in front of our TV set, it was something to be proud of in the...
Lady Liberty.

“Lady Liberty” … Are We Expecting Too Much From This...

The Statue of Liberty stands 151 feet, 1 inch high and weighs 225 tons. The length of her right arm is 42 feet long,...
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“Remembering When” – The Willow Glen Resident

Writing is something most all of us can do, but to be successful at it is not so easy. I'm often asked for advice...
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The Garage Sale, It’s Fun and Failures

For American households, the ritual of the garage sale has become the yearly rite of spring. As an accepted part of modern-day culture, the...
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Crowded TV Show Like My Family in Their Early Years

Crowded, the new TV show reminds me of my own family situation in our early years. In the comedy, Crowded, life is crazy with...
Candelstick park, san francisco.

The Love And Lure Of Baseball

Spring has sprung. The crack of the bat and the pop of leather can be heard echoing through every hometown ballpark across the country,...
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Texting Arrives, Good Manners And Common Sense Leave

Today, technology brings American consumers new and better conveniences. And with these innovations comes a new code of good manners as well as concern...

Does The “Me” Generation Have What It Takes to...

It has been said that love is the tie that binds. The definition of the word bind: a position or situation in which one...
green bird in a bird house.

Housing for Backyard Fauna Becomes Nuttily Complex

Perhaps it was the memory of Grandma singing Italian arias to her backyard songbirds, or perhaps it was Papa's reverence for the wildlife paintings...
grandma garden

The Recycled Garden

The fun of seeing almost dead plants and cuttings come back to life and grace my garden with their beauty has brought me such enjoyment.
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Silicon Valley Street Signs Honor Early Settlers

San Jose, has many Italian street names, with its climate of Italy and the latitude of Washington, D.C., ideal for growing grapes, olives, and fruit.
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When Dino Sang, That Was Amore

Dean Martin had paused to collect his mail and was waiting patiently for us to move our car so he could get into his driveway.
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Hollywood Film Classics Helped Glamorize Smoking

The extent of smoking promotion was revealed following the release of documents from old, previously sealed anti-smoking court cases.