Grits and Purls

Spinning yarns about the grit of life

This weekend, as we have done around March 19th for the last several years, our family visited Papa Calvagna’s home parish in Rockford for the Feast of St. Joseph. The Feast of St. Joseph is a tradition that began in Sicily many centuries ago. After a particularly long and difficult period of drought and famine, …

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My daughter participated in a family tradition this week, the St. Joseph’s Altar at St. Anthony Church in Rockford. The St. Joseph’s Altar is a Sicilian tradition that rises out of gratitude and leads to blessings shared with others. The tradition of the St. Joseph Altar began after a particularly extended drought on Sicily. Agriculture …

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When I was a little girl I used to refuse to eat the Picadillo my mother would make because it contained raisins. It was sort of an unreasonable kid thing to do, but I could steadfastly refuse, so I did. If you aren’t familiar with Picadillo it is a traditional Spanish dish, a kind of …

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