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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 The Charming Frank Sinatra

Sinatra's friendly demeanor was a sharp contrast to the hot-tempered leader of the Rat Pack we read about, maybe due to the respectable company he was keeping that week.

The Amazing Health Benefits and Uses of Mint

Native to the Mediterranean and Western Asia, mints interbreed often, making it difficult for even an expert to distinguish all the varieties.
family lawn

Why I Hate to Lose My Lush Green Lawns to This...

With water restrictions in place, many of us may lose our lush green lawns in this drought...
sophia and marcello

Marcello Mastroianni and Sophia Loren … Italy’s Dynamic Duo

Cookie Curci tells the story of Marcello Mastroianni and Sophia Loren, Italian superstars who inspired movie fans and made moviegoers' hearts beat faster.
vincenzo and savadia

Grandpa’s Tale on Surrendering His Beloved Radio During WWII

As I lay in bed with a soft, hand-stitched quilt drawn up under my chin, I listened in the dark as my mother, father, a grandparent, an uncle would tell stories

Family Unity Makes Italian Family ‘Shine’ in America

It was to this 'middle class' that I was born. It is where I have spent the past 60 years of my life. Like most residents, I have a keen awareness and reverence for things past, as well as a feeling of pride in my present community. The generation I
Rocci Curci in the Soda Shop

Remembering The Days of Soda and Burger Shop

In the Pup's heyday, young residents of Willow Glen made it a habit to patronize the local shops. Two-car families were very rare at that time and few teenagers owned a car of their own.
pasquale esposito

Up Close and Personal With Italian Tenor Pasquale Esposito

Pasquale Esposito and Dino Natali take the audience to the cities and places that shaped Enrico Caruso's life and made him an international star.

Are Gremlins and Household Pixies Real?

Do you believe in pixies; sprites or leprechauns? Many of our ancestors did. Those pixies aren't all ancient. Some are quite new.

J.C. Penny Closes 40 Stores

Montgomery Ward's department store is special. I worked in the PBX room of Ward's Westgate store for many years, and made abiding friendships. Ward's wasn't a typical department store.
the new year cometh

The New Year Cometh … Ready Or Not!!

Cookie Curci reflects on the year just past, and decides what treasured ways will make the journey with her; while others are destined to be left behind.

Remembering Mom’s First Christmas Doll

Early Christmas morning Mom rushed anxiously out to her front yard, clutching her new toy in hand.
Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire

Astaire and Ginger Rogers Retain Status as America’s Brilliant Dancers

Elegant waltzes, rhythmic tapping, romantic tangos or ruckus rumbas, whatever the style, whatever the beat, staire and Rogers did it all with a unique style and grace.
orson welles

Scary Radio Show on Alien Invasion Creating Hysteria on Eve of...

On October 30, 1998, a CBS radio audience heard a production of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds. Orson Welles, the bad boy of radio, just played a Halloween prank
english ouija board

Remembering The Scary Toy From The Past: The Ouija Board

When I was a kid, every Halloween my friends and family would gather around our Ouija board and attempt to make contact with the spirit of Houdini.

The Undying Legend of The ‘Illutionist’ Harry Houdini

As a child, Weiss grew up in awe of France's great magician, Houdin (1804-71), whom many credit as the founder of modern-day magic.

Curse of the Crimson Dragon Book Review

Cookie Curci reviews Tony Piazza's latest book, The Curse of the Crimson Dragon, in which a scientist's daughter has been lured into a kidnapping
bobby rydell

Interview With Bobby Rydell By Cookie Curci

Singer Bobby Rydell back on the road and packing the showrooms, actor and hit singer from the 1950s and 60s. Underwent a combined liver and kidney transplant.

Remembering The 5 & 10 Cent Store

Independently owned or chain stores, they came to Lincoln avenue to market their wares. Stores such as Franklin's 5 & 10, Sprouze Ritze, Miltons, The Party House, and Willow Glen's, mainstay, Bergmann's, attract the local population.
elvis worlds best kept secret

The Company Was Elvis … The Food Was Italian

One of my stories of meeting Elvis was in this book ... this enclosed story is more about the Italian foods that he liked to eat when on the road.