Wednesday, January 01, 2020

It was a slow living decade... Or was it?


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From a nascent Book Talk in the historic Malaga Cove Library in Palos Verdes CA, to living, writing and publishing THE GHOSTS OF ITALY to the upcoming 2020 release of STILL LIFE WITH SAINTS, and everything and everyone on via Fontana and in between, 2009 - 2019 has been the decade adventure of a lifetime. I have lived loved and learned as L'Americana and become a thriving Italiana.
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Gratitude for all the saints and sisters, writers and readers who have traveled with me along the way. Even got to be a Goddess for a day! Through it all the original motto still stands ~ 
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Come. Visit. Vi aspettiamo!
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AUGURI DI BUON ANNO 2020
from via Fontana with love, Angela

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Literary Goddess PODCAST


Recently did an author interview / chat with The Literary Goddess for THE GHOSTS OF ITALY and STILL LIFE WITH SAINTS (2020) ~ A fledgling podcast by two ambitious women who write/self publish books & poetry. Their slant is a bit woowoo paranormal romance with a dash of girlpower radical!

CLICK ON THE LINK TO LISTEN TO THE PODCAST:
 ANGELA'S GODDESS TALK 
For those a bit impatient please fast forward to minute 6 when I link in. My friends say I sound pretty good!

Sunday, November 17, 2019

GHOSTS eBOOK @ QUEENS PUBLIC LIBRARY



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But I saw a street called Myrtle Avenue, from Borough Hall to Fresh Pond Road, and down this street no saint ever walked (else it would have crumbled), down this street no miracle ever passed, nor any poet.’ Henry Miller, Tropic of Capricorn 
#StillLifeWithSaints
Myrtle Avenue from Glendale to the Brooklyn Navy Yard, with its plentiful beer gardens and parks to the Ridgewood movie theater was the young, emigrated Nicola Paolantonio’s new New York neighborhood. Myrtle at Wyckoff Avenues in Richmond Hill, Kew Gardens, Queens played heavily in the daily rounds of my young father’s perambulations. My parents married in the crypt of the local parish of Saint Rita on Shepherd Avenue. #StillLifeWithSaints


STILL LIFE WITH SAINTS / 2020

Saturday, August 03, 2019

“I Moved Back to My Ancestral Home in Italy”


This article was originally published October 2018 for 
International Living Magazine
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Dear Fund Your Life Daily Reader,
According to scientists at NASA, the earth is getting larger at the rate of 0.004 inches per year. However, for us regular folk, the world feels like it's getting smaller...and fast.
Just two generations ago, Angela's grandmother left her home in Italy to start a new life in the States. The journey would have taken her weeks. And the chances that she could ever return home to Italy again were next to nothing.
When Angela took the same journey back to her ancestral home in Italy in 2000, it only took her a few hours, and she could fly back to the States any time she pleased. Only 18 years later, she can probably make the same journey for half the cost.
The world may be expanding, but every day it feels a little smaller. And that means there are more options than ever for places we can live...without feeling too far away from where we started.
Read Angela's story below...
Paul O'Sullivan
Managing Editor, Fund Your Life Daily
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"I Moved Back to My Ancestral Home in Italy" 
By Valerie Schneider

It started on a whim. Angela Paolantonio was traveling in Italy back in 2000 when she made a spur-of-the-moment decision to hop on a bus to her ancestral town of Calitri, east of the Apennine mountain. It would become more than a quick trip, but a journey of discovery.

In Calitri she was embraced by cousins, great-aunts and great-uncles, and found herself in the midst of a warm extended family whose love and hospitality won her over.

A few years later when a great-aunt passed away, Angela was given the opportunity to acquire the house where her grandmother grew up. While maintaining her photography and creative arts career in Los Angeles, she started spending a few months a year in Calitri, surrounded by her famiglia and enjoying the sweeping panorama from her balcony. "It looks out over the beautiful Ofanto Valley and Southern Apennines, with the chapel of Santa Lucia in my direct view. It's the balcony view of my grandmother's youth."

Angela had used the home part-time while keeping her life and job in California. In 2010, at age 50, she ditched life in Los Angeles and moved to Italy full-time. "It turned out to be the best decision and one of the most adventurous leaps of my life." She calls the transition, "both rewarding and challenging." She learned as she went along, both the language and the cultural differences. "Adapting and assimilating to the culture is a lifelong process," she says. She chronicled her journey in a memoir, The Ghosts of Italy.

Calitri is a cascade of picturesque pastel buildings and cobbled lanes. There, Angela settled into the rhythm of small town life, enjoying its markets, piazzas, and passeggiata (strolls). With degrees in fine art and art history and plenty of professional photography experience under her belt, Angela struck out to redefine herself in her new surroundings. She took on a variety of creative ventures that not only earned an income but garnered her accolades and helped spur community development and cultural growth.

Because of Angela's influence, more expats have started arriving in Calitri, and the town now has dozens of part-time foreign residents, drawn not just by the charm but by the prices. In Calitri, you can buy a home for less than $50,000, and the overall cost of living is low. A delectable dinner out for two with wine and all the courses can be had for just $36.With projects that include curating, consulting, and designing exhibits, the energetic and tenacious Angela has been able to collaborate with municipal and provincial entities to produce photographic books, exhibits, and cultural events around the region. "I'm proud of having contributed to the artistic and intellectual activities of this village and other communities over the years. I've worked alongside and supported the contributions of an array of artists, educators, designers, and directors from around the world. And many have remained close friends."

Angela notes that there has been a growth in niche tourism and more services since she first moved here. "In my eyes it has grown but not changed. The Old World lifestyle is still very much in place."
Angela also started teaching English when she first moved, which she found rewarding. Building on that experience, she's now taking a new leap of faith, this time to Naples, where she will be Director of Studies at an English school.
"I'm looking forward to city life and using the city as a jumping off point for other local travels and adventures. I plan to be very culturally involved. I'm also a new volunteer communications liaison for the American consulate here in Naples. And, of course, Calitri is not far away. It will always be my home."