Tommi Avicolli Mecca's Blog – December 2012 Archive (4)

Obama tells off republicans, aliens arrive

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

The following are some stories I’d like to see in the papers in 2013. To the strains of “Beautiful Dreamer,” of course.

President Obama tells off the Republicans. Let’s face it, he’s got to have a hell of a lot of pent-up anger inside of him. After all, the party of Michele Bachmann and the gay-bashing, racist, keep-them-barefoot-and-pregnant tea baggers has done everything imaginable to obstruct his agenda. Just once, I’d like to see him…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on December 27, 2012 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Silent Night Homeless Night

 

Check out my latest music video. I re-wrote the lyrics to "Silent Night," which is in the public domain. I first performed it about three years ago with vocalist Diana Petrone Hartman (we called ourselves The Peaceniks back then), and the audience was left in tears. Every year around this time, Diana and I perform the song as much as we can. …

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on December 11, 2012 at 9:53pm — 2 Comments

Rosa Maria Mecca: one tough Mama

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

I’ll never forget that evening. It was warm. Indian Summer. It was still light out, as Daylight Savings Time was over a month away. In the working-class streets of South Philly’s Little Italy where we lived, the kids were playing outside on the sidewalk and in the street, and the guys were hanging out, as they tended to do, on the corner outside the butcher shop. 

A figure in black was making his rounds, ringing bells, ducking into…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on December 11, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

Life's tough choices

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

 

Being a writer is dangerous. That’s the impression I got from Papa. He didn’t like the idea that I wanted to be a writer. He thought that all literature was somehow subversive. Not to mention pointless. 

Everything I needed to know in life, he informed me many times, was contained in tradition. I simply had to live my life according to la via vecchia, the old ways from the old country, southern…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on December 9, 2012 at 9:00pm — 3 Comments

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