Upcoming Events – I Miss You!

Trudy Clare Mitchell,   Official Blog Mascot

Trudy Clare Mitchell, Official Blog Mascot

Before you say anything, the answer is yes, I know I’ve been the absent blogger these days.  And yes I do miss not only my blog and its followers, but also catching up with my new blog buddies and commenting on them on a regular basis.  Life is very busy  – good busy – and keeping up with blogging and writing has been a challenge.  Excuses, excuses.Therefore I hereby commit to providing blog updates every Sunday at a minimum,  so please stay tuned and don’t forget about pattytmitchell!   I am looking forward to getting back in the saddle, and interacting more with all of the great writers out there that I have come to know and admire.

For local folks, I have a few events coming up where I will be promoting A Girl From the Hill and offering copies for sale and signing.

  • October 23rd 6PM – Barnes and Noble in Smithfield, RI.  I am absolutely thrilled about participating in their Local Authors Night. Some  other area authors will be there too, so if you can stop by to say hello, we all could use the support!   http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/4611236

 

  • November 19th at 6:30PM – I will be at Marion Mohr Library in Johnston, RI for a reading and book signing. I believe they are having a genealogy and Italian Heritage series during that week, so check out their site for more events if you’re interested. http://www.mohrlibrary.org/images/programs/mitchell.pdf 

I’m trying to drum up a few more appearances in the coming months, so I’ll keep you posted.  Bad pun, sorry.  (Inserting Shameless Plug Here) Just remember that ‘A Girl From the Hill’ makes a great gift, on Thanksgiving for a special family member, or for Christmas.  Whether you are Italian American or not, everyone has or at least knows a Mom. Or two …

Families to be Thankful for

English: This is a 1910 postcard image of Prud...

English: This is a 1910 postcard image of Prudence Island, Rhode Island. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

http://www.italianamericanwriter.com/2012/11/22/my-italo-turkey-day-3/#comment-2665

I love this story written by Dr. Ed Iannuccilli.  It captures what it feels like to be an Italian American on Thanksgiving.  It most likely speaks to all of us who have relatives that came here in search of something better and are so very thankful for what they have received.

Today I am home with my daughter, she is sick, and my husband is making the annual trek to Prudence Island to be with his family.  My very caring parents-in-law offered to stay with Julia so I could go, but I can’t have a good time anywhere if I know she is home sweating out a fever.

I am thankful that I have two sets of family traditions- the Testa/Fiore’s and the Mitchell/Naughton’s.   Both sets of families are full of laughter and love, along with the usual ‘unfun’ and difficult times that we all face.  But I wouldn’t chose to be part of any different families.  I am home with both.

Jeremy please be sure to bring us back some turkey.  Mom, save me a little stuffing.

Love to All

PattyTM

 

My Mouth is Watering – Thanksgiving Italian Style

English: Sand Point Light on Prudence Island, ...

English: Sand Point Light on Prudence Island, RI. In the background is the Mount Hope Bridge and the mouth of Mount Hope Bay. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

http://www.prouditaliancook.com/

Check this blog out for some delicious Italian Thanksgiving dish ideas.

I love that my husband, daughter and I have been enjoying Thanksgiving on Prudence Island with Jeremy’s family these past few years. It’s a wonderful, festive day full of delicious food, family, and laughter, not to mention a walk around the nearly deserted island in the chilly autumn afternoon.

But there is also something to be said for a traditional Italian Thanksgiving spread too, with either lasagna or home-made macaroni and a platter full of antipasto with prosciutto, salami, provolone, olives and the ever famous pickled peppers.

I miss those times with my family, and as it stands we may never have a Thanksgiving together like that again. But I am thankful for those times. And for today.