Recent Reviews for Joanna M Leone
Slices of Life Italian-American Stories (Book) - 7/7/2011 4:39:35 AM|
I have to buy this ONE!
Slices of Life Italian-American Stories (Book) - 6/9/2011 11:18:13 AM
Congrats, Joanna!!! I thought your book was out for a while now as you seemed to be marketing all over the place. Mine is still not put together--working on a screen play for the first book.
Best of luck to you!!
Finding Joy (Short Story) - 3/21/2013 1:44:47 PM
I remember playing war & setback with my cousins, we loved playing cards, by now I've forgotten most of those games, thanks for the memories...Bob-
Italian-American Orchid (Short Story) - 3/20/2013 4:03:41 AM
Very nice story, Joanna.
Italian-American Orchid (Short Story) - 3/19/2013 3:59:04 PM
a wonderful story
Italian-American Orchid (Short Story) - 3/19/2013 11:19:23 AM
Only an Italian can appreciate a man singing from street level to his/a lady up on a balcony. You have to see it or do it to know what it means. While in the Navy I had several ocassions to visit different ports of Italy. Often I would go on liberty alone because I would go to non visitor places that might have not been enjoyable to a non Italian shipmate. On one ocassion I brought a close friend with me and for the third of other times we witnessed street level singing. We turned down what looked like an alley which opened to a street with buildings on both sides with clothes lines hanging across the street. All of a sudden a man stopped and looked up at a women who was hanging clothes and started singing to her. People walking by stopped to listen while people in the buildings leaned out of their windows to see. The man had an audience for sure. When he finished his song he bowed, threw her a kiss to her and walked off to the bravo cheering and clapping of the listening people as the affection of his song gave him a shoooing back of the hand and a smile. My friend asked what the hell had just happened? I sort of laughed and told him that a guy just sang to a lady. He said "Does he know her?" Probably not I told him. Italians will do that every so often. They live for things like that. Wine, good food, life, music and most of all love. He said that it must take a lot of guts to do that. I told him, it takes heart and in this ocassion, it was a man honoring what love is all about, Women. He said "What?" I said never mind. Lets go.
I do have a mama story but she's nolonger with us. Dominic Caruso
Italian-American Journey to the Barbados (Short Story) - 7/3/2009 12:39:01 AM
Hi Joanna,I really enjoy reading this story.To quote a McDonalds commercial,I am loving it.When I expressed and revealed my traditions,it took me back to memory lane in my childhood as I reminsce about my family dancing to calypso and socca in my home.To be honest with you,I was hungry when I read the foods in the story lol.Its always important for a person to go back to their roots.Like the old saying goes,in order for a person to know where he or she is going,then they have to go back and know where they came from.I had a blast going back to memory lane.When I talked about my Carribean traditions,my grandmother and my mother,it makes me feel proud of the type of person that I was and the type of person I am right now.Thank you :-)
The Matador and The Bull (Short Story) - 3/9/2009 5:22:59 AM
From: Sarah and John Piselli
Sent: Sun 3/08/09 10:35PM
To: Joanna M. Leone
It is too bad that you did not get Concetta's phone number or address. Sometimes coincidences and chance meetings happen for a reason. It seems like you had so many exciting experiences during your train rides and trips in Europe. We think your travels have made you wise and they are experiences that you will always treasure.
See you soon!
Sarah, John, Kelly, Steve, Eric and Melissa
Your pals in Massachusetts!
Italian-American Anginette Cookies (Short Story) - 2/23/2009 9:56:17 AM
message sent to Joanna Leone from Marianne O'Donnell
These sound delicious! I hope I have time to make them soon.
The Matador and The Bull (Short Story) - 12/30/2008 8:18:24 AM
I think you met Concetta on the train so you can realize that you get stronger even with the bad stuff and challenges in your life. Wow! what an amazing travel story. What a great encounter you had during your train ride!
Italian-American Anginette Cookies (Short Story) - 11/4/2008 9:21:55 PM
Oh my dear friend.....
Thank you for the wonderful sounding cookies...but I'm afraid they would end up looking like spaghetti or something if I even try to bake them...so... I'll just imagine how yummy they are!
Especially thank you for including me in your list of writers...what a nice compliment. I appreciate the help and your confidence... lindalaw
Italian-American Anginette Cookies (Short Story) - 11/4/2008 7:09:45 PM
I've tasted these delicious cookies, but never knew what they were called. I just may try to bake them for Christmas this year. Btw, thanks for adding my name to your list of authors that you like--meant a lot to me!
Italian-American Anginette Cookies (Short Story) - 11/4/2008 4:43:52 PM
I am neither a baker nor a cook but I can appreciate this cultural culinary gift, Joanna. Thank you for sharing it. It reminds me of my mom's baking at Christmas. She was from France and brought along some culture as well. Love and best wishes,
The Italian-American Tribute to her Brother (Mia Fratello) (Short Story) - 8/28/2008 3:27:08 AM
This a lovely account of your love for your brother. Your vivid details really make the story come alive.
Best wishes to you,
The Italian-American Tribute to her Brother (Mia Fratello) (Short Story) - 8/27/2008 7:23:16 PM
Dear Joanna, Again reading the story about your brother brings up an image from my childhood. It is still vivid in my humble memory but it is the opposite of your case. I had five sisters and my dad was very close to our Italian neighbors. Thank God they were very numerous but lovely people. Dad paid me the ticket for the movies in order for me to watch my sisters and to see if anyone approached them.
At that time I was twelve years old. From your story I can still remember my old friends and neighbors Farina, Madonna, the Vulo family, the Cavalaro family and many others. We lived together in harmony like brothers and sisters. World War II disturbed our peacefullness. Again thank you for sharing and grazie mille. Love Emile
The Italian-American Tribute to her Brother (Mia Fratello) (Short Story) - 7/28/2008 2:20:50 PM
Your brother sounds like so wonderful as you are to my dear.
This is such a beautiful tribute to a fine man!
Much peace, love, and light,
The Italian-American Tribute to her Brother (Mia Fratello) (Short Story) - 7/21/2008 7:00:27 AM
Joanna i can relate and being a brother of two younger sisters 10 years and 18 years younger., i know. I learned a lot about my sisters lives by writng mom's and Dad's bok amnd getting from them their memoories. Thanks
joanna for the memories
all the best
The Italian-American Tribute to her Brother (Mia Fratello) (Short Story) - 7/17/2008 9:10:18 PM
I can see from reading we have much in common. Hmmmm, New York Yankees, Mets, Giants, Jets and lots of good food, my mouth is watering already! Wonderful, heartwarming write of your brother too...
Be always safe,
Italian American Rose (Poetry) - 4/16/2012 7:27:16 PM
Just beautiful and clever work, Joanna. But honestly...what is going on that you have not graced the pages of AuthorsDen with your work as of late. I hope all is fine with you.
Tribute to Fishermen (Poetry) - 11/12/2011 1:53:27 PM
Love to fish though I haven't fished in years. Enjoyed this. :-)
Italian American Love Message (Poetry) - 2/1/2011 6:07:58 AM
so why do you not post more of your lovely poetry??
Italian American Rose (Poetry) - 2/1/2011 6:06:42 AM
Italian American Rose (Poetry) - 1/16/2011 11:52:18 AM
Just like soft, velvety, petals of a rose, symbolic, delightful, vivid prose. Thanks for sharing. My best, Gloria
Italian American Rose (Poetry) - 9/1/2010 1:44:05 AM
Very well put together, Joanna
Italian American Love Message (Poetry) - 8/9/2010 8:41:55 PM
'Romance is about sharing an umbrella on a rainy day, or making the person comfortable. It is romantic to feel protected by the one you love, just as long as it is reciprocated, and he or she protects you as well.'
Beautiful, well said! - Joanne
Italian American Rose (Poetry) - 5/25/2010 6:06:20 PM
Hi good friend. long time not getting in touch, been sick with ear infection and sleeping lots. This is one great poetry, and I do like red roses and know what they stand for, but yellow roses are till my favorite one.
Tribute to Fishermen (Poetry) - 2/27/2010 6:10:57 PM
WOW, MAMA MIA, Enjoyed this, keep em comin.
The Italian American Man in October Uomini, fogli ed il vento di ottobre (Poetry) - 12/23/2009 5:38:18 AM
Very nice Joanne!
The Italian American Man in October Uomini, fogli ed il vento di ottobre (Poetry) - 10/25/2009 6:58:43 PM
There are many moving moments in pose you have touched upon them all .. Eugene Willams
Sounds of Italy (Poetry) - 10/17/2009 7:51:01 PM
Tribute to Fishermen (Poetry) - 9/15/2009 10:26:57 AM
I loved the way you captivated the fishernans work in poetic song.
Many Bleesing My Italian Friend,
Italian American Rose (Poetry) - 9/10/2009 10:08:51 AM
Well done! You ARE a rose!
Italian American Rosa -Italian version (Poetry) - 8/27/2009 9:52:42 AM
Knowing French and some Spanish, I get bits and pieces of this, Joanna. It does sound lovely though. Thank you. Love and best wishes,
Italian American Rosa -Italian version (Poetry) - 7/23/2009 7:07:27 PM
As lovely as the Italian language is, I would love to read this in English. I can only grasp a bit of the Italian.
Tribute to Fishermen (Poetry) - 7/23/2009 7:01:52 AM
Loved it! Wonderful trbiute to a fisherman's soul. Great visuals.
Italian American Rosa -Italian version (Poetry) - 7/20/2009 5:22:42 PM
now i know why my father said to learn Italian ...
Italian American Rosa -Italian version (Poetry) - 7/20/2009 9:40:36 AM
Dear Joanne, This is a lovely poem. I wonder who doesn't need your love. La vita e l'amore. Avanti. Please translate this lovely poem. Love Emile
Italian American Rose (Poetry) - 7/17/2009 2:03:49 PM
THOUGHTS OF ONE OF HIS CREATIONS THAT HE USES TO REMIND US OF HIS LOVE THAT ALWAYS THERE...NO MATTER WHAT THE WEATHER. BLESSINGS AND THANKS FOR SHARING. JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
Italian American Sisters (Poetry) - 7/15/2009 9:19:33 PM
I always wished I'd had siblings. Sounds like a marvellous family. Be well, Liz
Cobblestone Roads That Lead You Home (Poetry) - 7/15/2009 9:16:44 PM
By any chance, are you an artist as well as a writer? This is sooooo beautiful. Thank you, Liz
Tribute to Fishermen (Poetry) - 7/15/2009 9:14:16 PM
I'm not mad about the ocean, except to look at it and I hate fishing. But I do love the poem - your paint a beautiful picture. Be well, Liz
Sounds of Italy (Poetry) - 7/9/2009 5:10:21 AM
Lovely poem, How I long to be in Italy once more also.
Much peace, love, and light,
Sounds of Italy (Poetry) - 7/8/2009 4:50:50 PM
Beautiful poem by Dee,I enjoy reading it and I hope she one day goes to Italy.Thank you for sharing this poem from her Joanna,take care
Sounds of Italy (Poetry) - 7/6/2009 8:20:26 PM
I do believe I can share in her sentiments as I would love to go at least once to have come full circle and an opportunity to visit with relatives I only know names....
Be always safe,
Sounds of Italy (Poetry) - 7/6/2009 5:30:16 PM
Ahh, what a sweet poem--makes me want to go to Italy too , also makes me want that blue-eyeed man. :) Must be northern Italy where they really are blue-eyed italian men.
Sounds of Italy (Poetry) - 7/6/2009 11:53:23 AM
Very nicely done and makes me want to go to Italy as well...
Sounds of Italy (Poetry) - 7/6/2009 9:14:54 AM
VIVID IMAGERY IN THIS LOVELY WORK THAT EXPOSES THE WRITERS HEARTFELT DESIRE TO SEE HER FOREFATHERS LAND. ENJOYED. THANKS FOR SHARING AND BLESSINGS. JOYCE
Sounds of Italy (Poetry) - 7/6/2009 9:09:28 AM
Beautiful, nostalgic write! I understand her feelings of longing! Lovely poem.
Italian American Hearts (Poetry) - 6/26/2009 10:06:25 AM
You put your heart and soul in this one.
God bless you!
Italian American Tribute to Veterans (Poetry) - 6/3/2009 11:35:02 AM
We owe a tremendous and awesome debt of honor to all our war veterans
throughout the ages who put themselves in harm's way to defend the Homeland.
God bless America !
And kudos to you Joanna
Omaggio ai pescatori (Poetry) - 5/23/2009 1:46:30 PM
Ciao Ciao !
Fishermen do a great and dangerous job. And the greatest of them all was Peter..:)
Omaggio ai pescatori (Poetry) - 5/20/2009 7:32:23 PM
What a wonderful and thoughtful thing to do--thanks, even though I can't read a word, I have read it in english. Hmm . . . I think.
Mother's Day Star (Poetry) - 5/20/2009 4:09:29 AM
Simply beautiful tribute to your Mother. Great job Joanna!
Mother's Day Star (Poetry) - 5/20/2009 2:35:07 AM
This is such a beautiful poem.A mother's love is more special than anything else in this world.Just like they say in the Mastercard Commercial,it is "priceless".I look at my mother as a star because she always brighten my life in every way possible.Thank you for sharing this poem.take care
Mother's Day Star (Poetry) - 5/19/2009 8:02:54 PM
Oh, how did I miss this? Just beautiful, Joanna! What a joy to think that every mother has a star that "hears the music of your heart". You make her proud...Lin
Italian American Tribute to Veterans (Poetry) - 5/19/2009 7:57:10 PM
God bless our veterans for their sacrifice(the greatest expression of love). This is a fantastic tribute to our veterans written with tender understanding...
Omaggio ai pescatori (Poetry) - 5/19/2009 5:06:28 PM
I think that this is fantastic and so sweet of you to do.
Mother's Day Star (Poetry) - 5/19/2009 1:16:23 PM
I missed this lovely poem on Mother's Day but its sentiments are apt and timely for each and every day. Thank you, Joanna. Love and best wishes to you,
Mother's Day Star (Poetry) - 5/16/2009 10:40:11 PM
Every mother should feel like a star on Mother's Day. Thanks to you for sharing, DL
Mother's Day Star (Poetry) - 5/8/2009 9:12:41 PM
And a brilliantly, precious shining star it is. Warm words filled with love, just beautiful....
Be always safe,
Mother's Day Star (Poetry) - 5/8/2009 2:33:02 PM
Impressive write that I am sure will bring a smile and a tear to your Mom. It made me so think back on my own dear mother that also used to sit and knit and chrocett by the hour. I miss her stil even after twenty five years...
Mother's Day Star (Poetry) - 5/8/2009 11:54:18 AM
That is so beautiful. Any mother would be proud to have a daughter like you.
Tribute to Fishermen (Poetry) - 5/3/2009 11:39:33 PM
What a wonderful tribute, Joanna.
Tribute to Fishermen (Poetry) - 5/2/2009 1:50:05 PM
You capture the true essence of a fisherman and their experiences very beautifully.I enjoy reading it,take care
Tribute to Fishermen (Poetry) - 4/30/2009 1:42:23 AM
Thanks for the nudge, I have been puttin off getting my licence and going fishing again for two years but maybe you have reminded me how much I miss it.
Tribute to Fishermen (Poetry) - 4/29/2009 6:11:38 PM
My father loved the sea and was a fisherman--not by trade but by love. "The fishing pole is part of a man's soul." This is an excellent tribute and beautiful acrostic, Joanna. Thank you!
Tribute to Fishermen (Poetry) - 4/29/2009 4:15:08 PM
Fine tribute to something lasting, eternal some would say, and more than the experience of fishing, this is a whole way of thinking and of great attitude.
Italian American Love Message (Poetry) - 4/29/2009 2:15:17 PM
I agree, Joanna. I think you have learned a thing or two
about romance. Taking a cue from your closing line: Will
you be my Valentine. -gene.
Tribute to Fishermen (Poetry) - 4/29/2009 2:10:54 PM
Just wonderful and what a tribute. Tis a hard, yet rewarding life....
Be always safe,
Italian American Tribute to Veterans (Poetry) - 4/29/2009 2:03:37 PM
Joanna, on behalf of veterans everywhere, I thank you.
A beautiful, loving tribute, written with great skill
and heart. As you might expect, I served my navy tour
on the sea. -gene.
Italian American Tribute to Captains (Poetry) - 4/29/2009 1:54:26 PM
Thank you, Joanna, for this love affair with the sea.
As you know, I share that love, and your tribute to
Captains everywhere. Long may they sail! -gene.
Tribute to Fishermen (Poetry) - 4/29/2009 11:03:10 AM
I join you in this tribute, Joanna, to the sea and
to those who know the joy and freedom of fishing the sea.
Italian American St. Patrick's Day (Poetry) - 4/15/2009 9:45:16 PM
What a lovely surprise to find your den, Joanna. This pen is wonderful and written from a loving heart...Lin
Cobblestone Roads That Lead You Home (Poetry) - 3/27/2009 1:05:24 AM
I see an Italian accent to all YOU touch Jo!
I loved reading your Bio page! I see a passionate spirit in your eyes! (Italian) Ok... I'm French and English! but I want to go to Tuscany badly, even in my dreams I've been there!
I enjoy your writing style and the passion in your Soul/Spirit! San Donato, never heard of it but I feel through your imagery it is STUNNING!
"Cobblestone Roads That Lead You Home" What a treat! I felt I was THERE! Love cobblestone, that what had me gravitating to you, then Tracking/Following your heartstrings! I will be back, going to work now - Have a warm and inspirational day! Stop by my sweet corner of this beautiful den, if you can!
Warmest Blessings of Love, Peace and Bright Light, Warrior Purple Lady SHEExooo
Italian American St. Patrick's Day (Poetry) - 3/24/2009 8:39:40 AM
I'm a little late in reading this, but what a wonderful write for St. Patrick's Day!
Italian American St. Patrick's Day (Poetry) - 3/21/2009 3:47:59 PM
Wow! This Italian St. Patty story was a nice surprize!
This poem made me GREEN envy.
Joanna you have a Heart of Gold.
You are THE rainbow!
Italian American St. Patrick's Day (Poetry) - 3/15/2009 2:51:35 AM
Magnificent and beautiful poem Joanna on the beauty of that day,take care
Italian American St. Patrick's Day (Poetry) - 3/14/2009 6:06:27 PM
Pretty neat poem from an italian! It is adorable, Joanna. On this day I allow myself to part Irish--as I well might be, since they wixed it up quite a bit with my scottish heritage. Thanks for a cute poem.
Micki PelusoBy the way, did I tell you that after naggin gyou to make a book from all your stories,,I am doing one myself--already have my publisher excited about --all I need is time to edit and select he ones I want by June--aagggrrrhh. I swore I would never do another book!
Italian American St. Patrick's Day (Poetry) - 3/14/2009 3:19:33 PM
Very well done my friend and as I once did a poem that was titled everyone is Irish on St. Paddy's day,
Italian American St. Patrick's Day (Poetry) - 3/14/2009 1:02:02 PM
Such a beautiful write about St. Patrick's Day. I tried and tried to write one but came up empty. I really loved this.
Italian American Tribute to Veterans (Poetry) - 3/11/2009 12:50:40 PM
Sent to: Joanna Leone
It is nice to see a tribute to Veterans. I don't know why we wait until Veteran's day...the men and women who served our country deserve tributes all of the time!
Italian American Tribute to Veterans (Poetry) - 3/1/2009 9:13:24 PM
Beautifully done! You just got to love a lady who respects and honors veterans. You are the BEST!
Italian American Sisters (Poetry) - 3/1/2009 7:02:33 PM
I really enjoyed this. It made me think of my own Italian-American mother and her 3 sisters, though the time period for her would be much earlier. You really captured the moment with your delicious descriptions.
Italian American Sisters (Poetry) - 3/1/2009 11:43:40 AM
Sun 3/01/09 12:44 PM
message sent to: Joanna Leone
Hi Joanna Leone -
posted on message board dated 2/26/2009 1:44 PM
Hi Joanna Leone: your poem sparked my memory ... i also remember the garden including peach trees (with the paint cans on top in winter), squash, grape vines ... you know, the entire scenario .. jude
Italian American Tribute to Veterans (Poetry) - 2/26/2009 6:55:57 AM
Gee, Joanna, thanks for the Special Thanks. That was very thoughtful and generous of you, and I appreciate it very much. While you've singled me out, I know you know I'm but one of many, and not all that special among veterans, actually. I love your Italian American perspective on things -- keep the stories coming. Terry
Italian American Sisters (Poetry) - 2/26/2009 5:58:05 AM
Good Morning Joanna
Your Words are Like Reading A Beautiful Dream! A Lovely Dream That You Have Experienced,
How Blest You Are To Have Such a Lovely Family Memory &
In Large a Lovely Family Bond...
Much Love & Blessings of Inspirations to You
Italian American Sisters (Poetry) - 2/25/2009 11:29:59 PM
Hi Joanna,I truly enjoy reading this poem.It made me smile when you shared the memories of what your house is like when you was little.Take care of yourself
Italian American Sisters (Poetry) - 2/25/2009 9:41:31 PM
"chianti with peach slices" ... yep ... i remember 55 gallon wooden barrels adorning the basement and my grandmother baking for the entire neighborhood on christmas ... sweet memories in this nicely arranged poem ...
Italian American Sisters (Poetry) - 2/25/2009 7:21:42 PM
This was great reading
All the memories you keep
Now you share.
Italian American Sisters (Poetry) - 2/25/2009 7:11:40 PM
lol. What a delight. Great write. Liz
Italian American Sisters (Poetry) - 2/25/2009 6:18:37 PM
Wow, this is so rich in history and expresses such a loving bonding between all of you. You have such an art for creativity...
Be always safe,
Italian American Sisters (Poetry) - 2/25/2009 4:46:55 PM
This reminds me and stirs a lot of memories, I had four sisters older than me as well but in the days of rock and roll, Elvis, poodles skirts and bobby socks. Saturdays once the girls cleaned the house from top to bottom the living room was turned over to them and there friends for Franks Bandstand and jiving. Keep the writes coming Jo, enjoyed.
Italian American Tribute to Veterans (Poetry) - 2/25/2009 7:52:03 AM
I am surprized this write has not been reviewed, published and celebrated for it is so much love and respect in each line. I tip my hat to all the veterans of all the countries and I tip my poet's hat to you.
Italian American Love Message (Poetry) - 2/23/2009 9:58:40 AM
message sent to Joanna Leone From Marianne O'Donnell
Sunday, Feb 22, 2009
Beautiful poem! Very sentimental and romantic.
We enjoyed it.
Long Island, NY
Italian American Tribute to Captains (Poetry) - 2/21/2009 3:10:39 PM
I love this poem - then again I love the water!
Capt's are GREAT. How about a Major?
Italian American Tribute to Captains (Poetry) - 2/20/2009 11:49:33 AM
message sent Fri. 2/20/09 2:33pm to Joanna Leone
from Judy Keefer
I think this is great!
It was good seeing you last night!
Italian American Tribute to Captains (Poetry) - 2/19/2009 8:17:21 PM
Very nice!! Two of my kids and their families are on a cruise this week and unlike you, I worry for their safety--your poem made me woryy less--but not much less. :)
Italian American Tribute to Captains (Poetry) - 2/19/2009 3:32:17 PM
Oh how beautiful, gracious is the sea that keeps calling and drawing us closer....
Be always safe,
Italian American Tribute to Captains (Poetry) - 2/18/2009 3:05:25 PM
I wish I could share your enthusiasm for the sea, but I do very much enjoy your words. Cheers! Liz
Italian American Tribute to Captains (Poetry) - 2/18/2009 2:03:18 PM
This is a beautiful dedication and tribute to all the captains out there.I enjoy reading it,take care
Italian American Tribute to Captains (Poetry) - 2/18/2009 1:58:10 PM
Excellent tribute Joanna! I love the ocean and have enjoyed the breeze on my bald head, the crisp air in my lungs, the sting of spray on my face as the boat plunges forward cutting a swath through sea. Thanks to all brave Captains, may the wind always fill their sails!
Italian American Rainbow in the Piazza (Poetry) - 2/15/2009 9:03:38 AM
You have captured a timeless moment.
I just love all the pictures you add.
Makes me feel as if I'm there
Walking down the streets.
All those faces to greet.
All those people to meet.
Italian American Rose (Poetry) - 2/12/2009 8:22:40 PM
Perfect Valentine's poem!! Thanks for sharing it and may love surround each of us on this day and all days.
Italian American Rose (Poetry) - 2/12/2009 11:32:34 AM
Buon giorno signorina!
Hello Joanna and thank you for the beautiful poem that serves as reminder how important it is to look for the treasure within each other. Like the rose, no relationship is perfect. We could easily allow the perceived 'thorns', to cause us to miss the subtle grace of its form, the delicate and soft petals and the sweet fragrance of its perfume.
Your poem reminds us of the rich blessings that love brings.
Good health to you!
Italian American Rose (Poetry) - 2/11/2009 5:13:23 PM
This e mail message was sent to Joanna Leone by Edwin Hurdle and is being copied to this section with his permission.
Edwin wrote on February 11, 2009:
Hi Joanna,I was amazed by what you wrote in that poem.Romance is the key to everlasting love.I live in NYC and there are a lot of romantic places.Every weekend,I would go to the park with my girlfriend where I would see views of the city skyline(Brooklyn Bridge,East River).At nighttime it is so beautiful.There is a place underneath the Manhattan Bridge inside the park where there are rocks and sand.Not a lot of people would come down there.Its sort of like a little beach in a way.I would have a radio nearby so that me and her can slow dance into the night air with love songs by Alicia Keys,Barry White,The Stylistics,The Temptations and even Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett.I will read more of your poetry.
Edwin Hurdle (message sent on 2/11/09)
Italian American Rose (Poetry) - 2/11/2009 12:33:29 AM
This is a beautiful and heartfelt poem.I enjoy reading it,take care
Italian American Hearts (Poetry) - 2/10/2009 8:04:08 AM
You have a good heart and many things to be happy about.
Love and Happy Valentines Day
Mom and your brother Dan
Italian American Rainbow in the Piazza (Poetry) - 2/10/2009 8:02:01 AM
I am very proud of you. Keep writing and don't let anything stop you.
Mom (aka "mama)
Italian American Rainbow in the Piazza (Poetry) - 2/10/2009 4:43:21 AM
You are a fabulous and amazing writer.Thank you for sharing your gorgeous and beautiful Italian culture and the memories.It is a treat reading your works,take care
Italian American Love Message (Poetry) - 2/10/2009 4:12:30 AM
Joanna,this is such a romantic written piece.I was blown away by it.Having romance in a relationship is very important.I enjoy reading this,take care
Cobblestone Roads That Lead You Home (Poetry) - 2/10/2009 4:01:32 AM
You have written such a beautiful and also romantic poem.I can just see myself being in that town where you described all the beautiful images.This is fantastic.I enjoy reading it,take care
Italian American Hearts (Poetry) - 2/9/2009 11:11:18 AM
Lovely, apt and timely; thank you, Joanna. Love and best wishes to you,
Italian American Hearts (Poetry) - 2/9/2009 6:44:16 AM
You have written a very beautiful and amazing poem on the true essence of love.This is devine :-).I enjoy reading it,take care
Italian American Hearts (Poetry) - 2/8/2009 8:27:48 PM
That was beautiful--my miserable husband doesn't believe in Valentine's day and in 50 yrs of marriage has never sent so much as a card--odd thing is it's almost on our anniversary--feb 11th, so onme would think?? That's my Italian lover!!
Italian American Hearts (Poetry) - 2/8/2009 8:26:23 PM
A timeless poem
With message to remember.
True enjoyment to read.
Italian American Rainbow in the Piazza (Poetry) - 1/21/2009 11:51:42 AM
A beautiful tour of your grandmother's house and so many traditions were found in her house. Lovely story.
Italian American Love Message (Poetry) - 1/6/2009 8:41:03 PM
What a lovely tribute to both love and your grandparents.It is moving, well written and so very enjoyable!! Nice job!!
Italian American Love Message (Poetry) - 1/6/2009 7:49:32 PM
Dear Joanna, This is my first poem I read from you, it is a great combination of romance and love. Keep going Love Emile
Italian American Love Message (Poetry) - 1/6/2009 7:13:19 PM
You paint a portrait incorporating all that love and romance represents in this beautiful, heartfelt piece.....
Be always safe,
Cobblestone Roads That Lead You Home (Poetry) - 1/4/2009 5:41:26 PM
A strong presentation to the senses brings me close and in harmony with the warmth of the people and the charming surroundings in this unpretentious write of a small Italian village. All I need now for a contented heart is a bite of fresh fruit and a small capuccino, if you please.
"Cobblestone Roads That Lead You Home" -- Even the title draws one in to comfort and repose.
Very nicely done!
Italian American Rainbow in the Piazza (Poetry) - 1/3/2009 5:39:07 PM
I like this. The only memory I have with my Italian culture is my grandma, so I like the grandma part the best!
The Italian American Man in October Uomini, fogli ed il vento di ottobre (Poetry) - 1/3/2009 3:59:33 PM
Just got round to reading this. My computer is very slow at moment. I do not care for anymore men in my life since Tom died but one here at apt house asked me towalk with him this summer. To lost weight and motivate each other. Don't know is i will or not. But loved the write here and wishing you a Happy New Year too. Keep in touch,you are special to me here on the den. Lois C.
The Italian American Man in October Uomini, fogli ed il vento di ottobre (Poetry) - 10/26/2008 1:10:05 PM
You are a very gifted and talented poet - thanks for always sharing exceptional poetry with us!!
Italian American Rainbow in the Piazza (Poetry) - 10/24/2008 11:53:24 AM
Love the image as it enhances one gorgeous poetic write . . . beautiful and exceptionally crafted work here!!
Cobblestone Roads That Lead You Home (Poetry) - 10/23/2008 12:53:47 PM
Symmetrical imagery drawn together by verse and line - stunning work!
Best to you,
Cobblestone Roads That Lead You Home (Poetry) - 9/20/2008 8:24:28 PM
Great portrait of a warm town full of genuine people:-
"Hear the people banter in the streets as they share stories of past wars; see the sweat of the honest laborer at day's end as the voices of the townspeople bargaining with the vendors fill the streets."
Old world charm, leisurely pace of life, people with time to stop and talk about the weather, the price of bread, time to notice the crimson splash of roses on the balconies.
Italian American Rainbow in the Piazza (Poetry) - 9/19/2008 5:06:20 PM
What a beautiful word painting of an Italian scene. I'm from a Scottish/Irish background, we get rainbows and a lot of rain.
I've been to Venice, and the Veneto, three times and it just amazed me.
Best wishes! Ciao! kenny
The Italian American Man in October Uomini, fogli ed il vento di ottobre (Poetry) - 9/15/2008 10:32:24 AM
This is quite an ode, Joanna. I appreciate the sentiments expressed therein. Love and best wishes to you,
The Italian American Man in October Uomini, fogli ed il vento di ottobre (Poetry) - 9/14/2008 8:34:14 PM
This is so beautifully written and I just loved all the analogies...Something to definitely think about. All those colors of a man...nicely done, bravo!
Peace, love, and light,
Cobblestone Roads That Lead You Home (Poetry) - 9/5/2008 9:06:16 AM
I love the title! Again, your imagery is superb!
Italian American Rainbow in the Piazza (Poetry) - 9/5/2008 9:05:10 AM
You paint beautiful pictures with your imagery...
Italian American Rainbow in the Piazza (Poetry) - 8/29/2008 3:17:56 PM
remember me from the other night at Border's poetry slam in Fairfield! just stopping by the author's den to check out your work- i love it!
i think you are very talented and paint a beautiful picture with your words!
keep up the great work!
ps i took your advice and signed up for the site
thanks for the information
keep in touch!
Italian American Rainbow in the Piazza (Poetry) - 8/28/2008 6:33:50 AM
You brought me there with your wonderful imagery...read like a film. Excellent work.
Cobblestone Roads That Lead You Home (Poetry) - 8/26/2008 10:57:04 PM
Truly beautiful work. The imagery just lovely. I have been to many parts of Italy, living here, and now you have added another to my list of "must see" places. Excellent work.
Italian American Rainbow in the Piazza (Poetry) - 8/18/2008 8:57:18 PM
Ah, how vivid. The aroma, the colors, the feel and closeness of it all--fantastic!
Cobblestone Roads That Lead You Home (Poetry) - 8/6/2008 10:23:08 AM
Excellent! You really made me feel as if I was there, and I felt the beauty of our culture. Ciao, Ron
Cobblestone Roads That Lead You Home (Poetry) - 8/4/2008 9:33:36 AM
My oh my! I can almost hear the voices of the people there. Very wll-written.
Cobblestone Roads That Lead You Home (Poetry) - 7/31/2008 11:18:05 AM
Sounds like a great town. Glad you described it so fantastical. Would like to stroll there. We do have a river walk to stroll up in Harrisburg, PA, the capitol of Pa. It is a nice scenic stroll with river boat cruising by, bicyclers and joggers galore. Benches to sit on when tired out. It is a great walk for all to get some exercise.
Cobblestone Roads That Lead You Home (Poetry) - 7/27/2008 8:35:38 AM
A vivid write. I got hungry :). You have a unigue style which is good. I enjoyed reading this. Thanks
Cobblestone Roads That Lead You Home (Poetry) - 7/26/2008 12:03:47 PM
You've indeed captured it all with your awesome prose, "Cobblestone Roads That Lead You Home." I can close my eyes and see, feel, taste and smell the air of "San Donato Val Di Comino." Makes me feel like I was there. Thanks for sharing your gift. My best, Gloria
Cobblestone Roads That Lead You Home (Poetry) - 7/17/2008 7:25:23 PM
I don't know how I missed this poem, it is so passionate and picturesque, my mind traveled over to this lovely town of San Donato in Italy!
Very well done!
Peace, love, and light,
Italian American Rainbow in the Piazza (Poetry) - 7/11/2008 4:41:48 AM
Nice work!!!!!!! I have feeling like I saw that places, I did travel with your words. ''The rain danced on the window, as it formed tiny rivers on the crystal glass''----This is very beautiful sentence!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Cobblestone Roads That Lead You Home (Poetry) - 7/8/2008 2:26:55 PM
I Loved Your Descriptive Poetic Passion of San Donato...
Much Love & Inspiration
Embraced ~ Embrassť
Italian American Rainbow in the Piazza (Poetry) - 7/8/2008 1:56:52 PM
Life is in the blood of your vivid, story telling style of writing. Each stanza represents a story in itself yet is connected seamless like to the whole tapestry of the biography depicted.
'no time had passed at all' In other words, left untouched by the ravages of spreading cultural cloning that stems from the superficial, the identity of the life honed village remains the same while it is we that change.
May your pot of memories continue to overflow at the foot of the glorious rainbow.
Cobblestone Roads That Lead You Home (Poetry) - 7/8/2008 1:49:53 PM
Good narrative poem. Enjoyed.
Cobblestone Roads That Lead You Home (Poetry) - 7/8/2008 6:52:36 AM
another great atmosphere capturd in words. I love to thikn of the smells and sights you describe in this poem... all good descriptions; the roses on the balconies, the humble colors of the houses, the smell of food... a picture of a nostalgic heaven.
Italian American Rainbow in the Piazza (Poetry) - 7/8/2008 6:48:12 AM
I like how you just kept going and going... it allowed me to get lost in the poem; lost in the details and descriptions. I love the atmosphere you portrayed of an old Italian town and the sights and scents involved... a great setting for a poem and a great place to be. I like the part about "footsteps getting faster" to describe the people hurrying to beat the rain, and the children dragging their wet toys back to the piazza. Also the shops closing and the smell of pizza, wet geraniums, the church bell... all powerful and essential elements. great read; it makes me close my eyes and long to be there.
Cobblestone Roads That Lead You Home (Poetry) - 7/7/2008 4:32:32 PM
Your textually vivid depiction passionately brings the very cobbles of the streets to life. It also creates an environment where even the stranger can make this lively and genteel location his own memory, indeed, it evoked memories of my own Scottish birthplace. All our senses are engaged throughout this atmospheric, linguistic stroll.
Yes, cracks in our lives do appear and sometimes sections of our foundations crumble, but our inner strength, faith and passion for life and our heritage overcomes and sustains us.
Cobblestone Roads That Lead You Home (Poetry) - 7/2/2008 8:26:32 PM
A home run again! Bravo!!
You painted a nice visual picture of what you have experienced in Italy. You have inspired me to write a poem about my trips to Italy.
I could easily live in Italy. It's the only country I love more than America. Thank you for sharing!
John (Giovanni) Michael
Italian American Rainbow in the Piazza (Poetry) - 7/2/2008 8:20:17 PM
As an Italian-American I can see and feel your passion. I love family too. Bravo!
John (Giovanni) Michael
Italian American Rainbow in the Piazza (Poetry) - 7/2/2008 3:22:52 PM
Welcome to Author's Den. I love the visual imagery in this poem. Your words paint such a picture that it is easy to see the scenes you portray.
Italian American Rainbow in the Piazza (Poetry) - 6/19/2008 4:21:37 PM
J. Earl Evans
Cobblestone Roads That Lead You Home (Poetry) - 6/19/2008 4:14:46 PM
Sounds like a beautiful place full of love. There's no place like home.
Italian American Rainbow in the Piazza (Poetry) - 6/19/2008 11:48:37 AM
You and your write are something beautiful appearing to me today. I loved your travels and the aromas and the way you prepared for the meal and the good family togetherness and the way you even added the children playing to this poem. A rainbow in the sky, adds to this poem tremously and is agreat ending to a family story well told and exciting to read. i love writes about other countries and to learn as much as can be. This is excellent**********.
Italian American Rainbow in the Piazza (Poetry) - 6/17/2008 12:12:53 PM
This is such a magnificent story! I felt transformed and yearned to smell that espresso and see the beautiful rainbow that you witnessed in the Piazza. I have been to Italy three times in my life, and it is indeed heaven on earth...
Much gratitude for bringing me on this journey to Italy one more time, I wish you well, with peace, love, and light,
Italian American Rainbow in the Piazza (Poetry) - 6/17/2008 8:58:07 AM
An outstanding write, you've taken the reader on a wonderful and magical journey through your memories with excellent imagery, I could feel the autumn chill on my face, vision the vibrant autumn colors, hear the rain, and smell the pesto sauce, and what beautiful images you painted with details of the rainbow! Again, an outstanding write my friend...so glad you stopped by my den earlier and invited me over to your den I have enjoyed my visit and plan to return soon! Welcome to the den...oh, I too love to cook, my passion is gardening, I love to experiment with fresh herbs and vegetable I grow...well this comes with the passion of writing, reading, teaching and quality time with my family...I love your style of writing!
Blessings from Ky.
Cobblestone Roads That Lead You Home (Poetry) - 6/16/2008 6:01:29 PM
I like this story-poem for its natural fluency, and its colorful depicting... "Cobblestone Roads That Lead you Home" and strikes imagination... A true poem.
Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Italian American Rainbow in the Piazza (Poetry) - 6/16/2008 5:50:02 PM
I have enjoyed the reading of "Rainbow in the Piazza". Very rich in imagery and contents. A story-poem that adds values to cultural tradition, and stimulates respect to family's ties.
I salute You, Poet.
Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Italian American Rainbow in the Piazza (Poetry) - 6/12/2008 3:40:35 PM
This is like a classic movie, or a painting: something timeless and very enjoyable. A connection to you and the past.
Cobblestone Roads That Lead You Home (Poetry) - 6/3/2008 12:55:20 PM
A fine tribute to a lovely place, Joanna. Thank you for sharing it. Love and peace to you,
Italian American Rainbow in the Piazza (Poetry) - 6/3/2008 12:50:58 PM
You have done a masterful job of recreating the moments, the memories, the atmosphere. Thank you for sharing, Joanna. Welcome to AD. Love and best wishes,
Italian American Rainbow in the Piazza (Poetry) - 6/3/2008 6:46:34 AM
bravo Joanna loene Bravo
warmest personal regards
Cobblestone Roads That Lead You Home (Poetry) - 6/3/2008 5:31:19 AM
Beautiful and loving. It is so important to keep such memories and connections alive!
Italian American Rainbow in the Piazza (Poetry) - 6/3/2008 2:39:06 AM
Outstanding write. These memories hold a special place in our hearts and will never be forgotten. Peace, Love and God's Blessings Always, Paul.
Italian American Rainbow in the Piazza (Poetry) - 6/2/2008 10:06:46 PM
Nothing like the realities of seeing a colorful rainbow to enlighten even the most gloomiest of days, well said...
Be always safe,
Italian American Rainbow in the Piazza (Poetry) - 6/2/2008 3:42:03 PM
A well written piece... I enjoyed the read...wishing you well..