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Celebrating the New Year – Italian Style

“The Romans, and simply Italians in general, prepare for the New Year celebrations with great excitement and joy. Italians call the New Year’s Day “capodanno” which translates as “head of the year, while New Year’s Eve is called ‘notte di capodanno,’ or ‘sera di capodanno,’ for night or evening of capodanno, despite New Year’s Eve having its own distinctive name. “

Treat and Treat

“Trick or Treat!!” – the infallible sales pitch used by children all over the world to obtain their beloved teeth-corroding treasure that is candy. Note how the phrase has evolved from a question to a straight-up statement. The ancient tradition of trick-or-treating goes way back to the invention of Halloween.

Freedom of Speech

What, exactly, is freedom of speech?
Is it the right to speak out loud?
Is it the right to express our opinions and thoughts without fear of reprisal? Without reprisal itself?
In all honesty, it is all of them.
However, though many of us believe in it, do we live it? Understand it?