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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.


Remembering Things No Longer a Part of Today’s World

Cookie Curci remembers products, people and fads popular in her generation, like fish on Fridays, hats in church, and little girls in pink pinafores and frilly dresses.
Medication snake oil.

Time to Stop Self Medication, TV Ads That Barrage Viewers With...

Time to ease up on self medication, media pill pushing, magic elixirs and pills that promise to fix everything from depression, erectile dysfunction to wrinkles.
family meal

Families That Dine Together Grow Wiser Together

A National Merit Scholarship Corporation survey, profiled scholars back 20 years found the best students regularly ate with their families.
deirdre marie capone

Up Close and Personal With Author Deirdre Marie Capone

In this revolutionary new book, read of a different Al Capone, remembered through the eyes of a little girl who recalls what it was like to be a part of his real life Italian American family.
potsy the bear

Twentieth Century Toy Story

My Italian Grandmother gave me a bear called Potsy, an Italian slang word that means silly. Old Potsy-the-bear comforted three generations of kids in my family.
Garlic cloves.

Chicken Soup The Best Cure For The Common Cold

The remedies to treat cold symptoms range from antibiotics, antihistamines and analgesics. There are many alternative medicines used to treat the common cold as well as healing philosophies.
Tony Soldier boys

A Wartime Story for Veteran’s Day

Through the years, I've discovered bits and pieces of the past that when put all together, make up my extraordinary grandmother Maria Carmela Curci-Dinapoli.

Characters and Creatures of Folklore, Fact and Fancy

Everyone's favorite sleuth was patterned after Conan Doyle's college professor, Dr. Joseph Bell, whose wizardry in the laws of deduction amazed and influenced Edinburgh Uni students.
Alan Alda, born Alfonso D

Is Your Favorite Italian Actor Really Italian?

Actor Alan Alda, Hawkeye of TV's M.A.S.H. fame was born Alfonso D'Abruzzo. His father Robert entered show business and changed his Italian surname to Alda.
big red pumpkin

Cookie Curci’s Best Pumpkin Pie For Halloween

Nonna's secret for the best pumpkin pie was to always use fresh pumpkin, rather than canned. She would roast a medium-sized pie pumpkin. They were yummy!
old house with porch

Haunted House … Or Just an Old House Full of Memories?

The old house and its rooms are quiet, with only the sounds of creaking wood and decaying plaster. Finger marks on doorframes and scuffmarks on floors the only reminders of families that once lived there.
stained glass window

Looking Back: Italian Immigrants Build Church in Santa Clara Valley

My generation shares love and respect for immigrant grandparents. Grandfathers worked two jobs, sharecropped local ranches and grandmothers spent long hours on cannery lines.
old man

Loving Old Parents in Most Compassionate Ways

Cookie Curci explores the world of senior citizens, discovering that her role with parents is changing - as parent becomes child and child becomes parent.

Winchester Mystery House Continues to Baffle San Jose

Around 1905, my great-grandfather Vincenzo was hired to prune and graft trees on the Winchester estate. Even then, the Winchester house was shrouded in mystery.
micheal castaldo

Micheal Castaldo’s ‘Everything Happens for a Reason’ Now Available at Amazon

Vital Records will release renowned Italian Artist/Producer/Songwriter Micheal Castaldo's digi single, 'Everything Happens for a Reason' Remixed and Remastered. This offering, produced by Micheal Castaldo's production company Majestic Castle Music,
elvis in white

Meeting The King Of Rock & Roll Had Me ‘All Shook...

Once upon a time in the land of celebrity there was a star that shone brightly like an exploding nova, and then he was gone. I was privileged to meet this super star
james romick

Perfect Pitch Storytelling – An Interview With Singer/Actor James Romick

James Romick has a pitch-perfect voice, as Jesus in Godspell; Curley, Will Parker and Judge Fry in Oklahoma, Edward Rutledge and Thomas Jefferson in 1776.
searching for mr right

How I Beat The Odds of Finding Mr. Right At 40

This is my light hearted version of the atmosphere that prevailed in the 1980s, the scramble for women 40+, to find a Mr. right, before a terrorist, or lightning bolt found us!
email and texting

The Downsides of Emails and Texting

After the new millennium, the emphasis is not on creativity but on speed and efficiency. The old-fashioned art of letter writing and phone calls is gone.
spinella portrait

Tenor Joe Spinella Creates New Form of Entertainment in The World...

Joe Spinella has a well-trained golden Italian tenor voice, compared to Luciano Pavarotti and the unique talent for revolutionary on-stage illusions.