My ballot for the Italian Constitutional Referendum, before I marked it and sent it in.

Ho Votato “No”

A week after I voted in the U.S. presidential election, I sent in my ballot for the Italian Constitutional Referendum, which is taking place on December 4th.

I voted “no.”

The referendum is a rather complex beast which I suspect a lot of Italians who live in Italy don’t altogether understand, let alone those of us Italians by blood who live elsewhere. It is billed by its proponents as a series of reforms intended to make the Italian government more stable and efficient. That’s an admirable goal, especially in a country like Italy, where the bureaucracy often moves at slower …

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Double-neck Guitar Project, Part 1 – Will It Work?

Here is a little toy/project I picked up on eBay last week. I’ve been wanting to try one of these for a long time, and I finally found one at a bargain-basement price.

Actually, I’ve sold this guy to pay for most of it. So it’s going to turn out to be an even better bargain. I’m trading a guitar that sort of duplicates what I already have for something unique and different.

I’ve never built anything like this before, so it’s going to be an adventure.

This is, in fact, not the kit I originally ordered. To make things …

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Ballot for an Italian referendum held in April, 2016

I Can Now Vote in Italian Elections

An additional privilege of the recognition of my Italian citizenship is that I now have the right to vote in Italian national elections. I can vote for representatives to the Italian Parliament, and I can also vote in national referenda. This is sort of like absentee voting in the U.S., but with a major twist.

A U.S. citizen living out of the country can vote for federal-level officials — president, vice-president, U.S. senator, and U.S. congressperson. But that person votes in their U.S. voting district (that is, the last place the person lived in the U.S.), their votes are commingled …

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A Mystical Experience at Delphi

(This post was originally published under the title “Delphi, Sacred Places, and Listening to Apollo” at

Some places just have a vibe about them. You can feel it when you go there. It’s in the air — or something. There’s just something special about the place, something perhaps a little other-wordly, something….

This is how “sacred places” become sacred.

Last month during our trip to Greece, we visited Delphi, site of the famous Oracle. Delphi has a vibe to it. It’s been a sacred site since as far back as the 14th century BC, and you can …

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E’ ufficiale: Sono cittadino d’Italia!

Earlier this afternoon, I received the following email:

From: Consolato Gen. d’Italia,
Houston – Cittadinanza

To: Ed Perrone
Subject: Italian Citizenship confirmation.
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2016 15:49:59 -0500

Dear Sir,

This is to inform you that your application for the Italian Citizenship has been accepted and processed.

Your documents have been sent to the Comune di Giusvalla (SV) for their official registration.

Please, be advised that any change in your status or address must be properly notified to this Consulate General.

Should you be interested, it is now possible to apply for your italian passport in scheduling an online
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Italian Citizenship: Success!

Today I had my appointment at the Italian consulate in Houston to present my documentation to claim my Italian citizenship.

It went far better than I could have expected.

The consulate is located on the 6th floor of the Wells Fargo Tower on Post Oak Boulevard in Houston. I arrived about a half-hour early for my 9:00 am appointment. Unfortunately, they do not actually open until 9:00 am, so I and seven other people also waiting for appointments had to stand around in the hallway for a half-hour or so, without even any chairs to sit on. (To be fair, …

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