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I enjoy fusing whimsy with realism, and the variety in my style, medium, and subject reflects a Gemini nature that consistently prods me away from monotony.

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“I loved every page of this well written story, and didn’t want it to end.
Carla takes her late friend’s ashes to Venice where she is taking part in an art exhibition. She inadvertently becomes embroiled in a cat and mouse game involving five million dollars’ worth of stolen diamonds. It’s a matter of who can you trust, as she comes across several shady characters.
A brilliant read which I can’t recommend highly enough.”

My most heartfelt thanks to Sandra McKenna for taking the time to write such a lovely review. I value your opinion, and therefore, I am thrilled to know that you enjoyed the book. It’s such fun to have readers and friends in Australia. Best wishes.

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Today is International Saxophone Day. Yes, that’s really a “Day!” It seems International Saxophone Day is celebrated on November 6th of each year in remembrance of Antoine-Joseph (Adolphe) Sax, the inventor of the saxophone. Adolphe Sax was born on November 6, 1814 in Dinant in Wallonia, Belgium.

     I am a huge jazz fan, and to me, the saxophone is one sexy sounding instrument, be it, soprano, tenor, alto, or baritone. Since Saxophone Day is November 6th, I thought I would list my 6 favorite Saxophone players. They are: Grover Washington Jr. / Julian (Cannonball) Adderley / Stan Getz / Sonny Rollins / John Coltrane / Charlie (Bird) Parker.

I know my saxophones aren’t anatomically correct, they’re not meant to be. I leave that to the “realist” painters. My saxophones are too into creating beautiful music together (i.e. sex) to worry about outward appearances.

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Sax Sex
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“Bridge of Sighs and Dreams is a stirring and evocative portrait of Italy under the Fascists and the Nazi occupation. I’ve visited Italy several times, and the elegant descriptions made me feel as if I had returned. This book left me breathless. It drew me in from the first page and didn’t let go. It’s a testament to the human spirit of survival.”

Thank you so much to the unnamed Amazon reader for this lovely review. If the author of this review is reading this, please let me know who you are so I can thank you personally. Best wishes.

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Hunger won’t wait for the pandemic to end. There is no justification for children to go hungry in this country. But it’s happening every day, in every community. The USDA states that more than 11 million children in the United States live in “food insecure” homes.

Since this poor excuse for a president is unwilling to share even the meager crumbs from his Big Mac, it’s up to all of us to keep our food banks supplied. Let’s treat each other the way we would like to be treated. Don’t think it could never happen to you. But this is not the only reason to contribute food, do it because it’s the moral thing to do.

Best wishes for happier days ahead.

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Today is the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi. We don’t have to be Christians or even religious to appreciate the life of St. Francis of Assisi. He cherished all of nature and creatures large and small. I mean, how can you not love someone who talked to animals and birds?


Non si dev’essere religioso apprezzare San Francesco d’Assisi. Lui ha amato tutta la natura e le creature grandi e piccole. Voglio dire, come non si puo` amare qualcuno che ha parlato con gli animali e gli uccelli?

Il quadro originale e` stato venduta, però, si può comprarne delle stampe di giclee a questo sito.

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St Francis of Assisi

St Francis of Assisi

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“In her first book Pamela Allegretto captivated readers with sweeping frescoes of WW2 Rome imagined through her artist’s eye. In her second she switches genres to display her talents as a caricaturist in a rollicking tongue-in-cheek adventure about a hunt for missing diamonds.
The city of Venice comes to life with its narrow streets, famous canals and a wonderfully baroque hotel with confusing corridors, staircases and exits, a perfect backdrop for the cat and mouse game in which the heroine, Carla Romano, ducks and dodges a vividly portrayed rogues gallery of unsavoury (and pungent-smelling) characters who are convinced she is hiding a fortune in the funerary urn which contains the ashes of her best friend.
Where will they pop up next? And in what disguise?
Will the nimble Carla in her devastating designer shoes manage to outwit her pursuers, aided and abetted by a sexy Italian hero? Casting off her artist’s smock for the crocheted bonnet of Miss Marple, Carla is determined to figure out who is hunting her, and why. Will she succeed? Read the book and enjoy!”

My most heartfelt thanks to author Laurette Long for taking the time to write such an amazing review. I am honored to have an author of your caliber appreciate my work. I envy your life in France. Best wishes!


Venice sets the stage for a diamond caper gone wrong, where everyone is someone else, and no one can be trusted.



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Bridge of Sighs and Dreams was published five years ago this week. My goal was to entertain and inform. Sales, interviews, newspaper and magazine articles, and lovely reviews have exceeded any expectations I might have had. An unforeseen benefit has been reconnecting with wonderful old friends and establishing so many amazing new friendships with readers and authors around the world. I am genuinely grateful to every reader, reviewer, and interviewer. La vita e` veramente bella.

While growing up, I always hated listening to jokes about the Italians going into World War 2 with their hands raised. This was not at all the case, and I wanted to point out the bravery of the Italian population during this horrific time. Although Bridge of Sighs and Dreams is fiction, It is based on real events. I felt compelled to write a war novel in which the women don’t play the role of wallpaper or objects of amusement to soldiers and politicians. The women in Bridge of Sighs and Dreams take center stage in a behind-the-lines battle between good and evil.




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On this first day of September, I felt it appropriate to share the poem SEPTEMBER FIRST written by Luciano Somma. As in all of Luciano’s poetry, we feel the sentimental spirit of one of Italy’s foremost poets. I am always honored to translate his works.

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Per il primo settembre Vorrei offrire la poema IL PRIMO SETTEMBRE scritto da Luciano Somma. Come tutte delle sue poesie, sentiamo lo spirito sentimentale d’un poeta molto noto in Italia.

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L’ultimo sogno d’Agosto

Si sveglia col primo Settembre,

questa sera è un incanto!

Il cielo è amaranto, uno spiffero di vento

dolce come la carezza d’un bene

amaro come il fiele del pianto

mi porta una ciurma di pensieri

Che affollano la mente

e mettono in croce questo cuore.

Vorrei che piovesse e non piove…

Vorrei tante nuvole intorno

ma la luna è d’argento                         .

Vorrei che un sogno tornasse

ma il sogno non torna.

Questo sogno è partito

sulle onde

dell’ultima sera d’Agosto


un grappolo di stelle

lassù nel cielo amaranto

in questa sera incantata

del primo Settembre.

Luciano Somma


The last dream of August

awakens with the first of September,

this evening is enchantment!

The sky bleeds red and purple, a light breeze

soft like a lover’s caress

bitter like malicious words

brings me a band of thoughts

that crowd my mind

and torture this heart.

I wish it were raining and not rain…

I’d like a cloud-filled sky

yet view a silver moon.

I wish the dream was ending

But the dream doesn’t end.

This dream has departed

on the waves

of the final August evening

leaving me

a cluster of stars

far-off in the bleeding sky

in this enchanted evening

of September first.

(translation, Pamela Allegretto)


Let's Dance

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Whenever I get painter’s block (that’s what I call it when my mind hits a snag, and I can’t come up with a subject for my next painting) I revert to what I call fun art. I use the term fun art because aside from layout and pathways, there are no rules to follow. I’m free to use my imagination with the subject and color pallet.

In LETS DANCE I combined my love of music and art with a playful nod to dance. I wanted to have fun and demonstrate my appreciation for the joy of movement with uncluttered lines.

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Susan Marie Malloy – WOW! Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review. I am over the moon with joy. I’m delighted that you had as much fun reading the book as I had writing it. Praise from an author of your stature is an honor.

“This was a book that had a lot of action, adventure, memorable characters, and a remarkable storyline. I particularly enjoyed the vivid and lively settings, the beautifully-described Venice, colorful objects and geography, and characters whose descriptions and personalities remain long after their roles were done.

In this book, there is a rich variety of characters, from good to nefarious, shady to squeaky-clean, from mundane to quirky, and much in between. They bring the story to life in a way that only the author can, with veracity and purpose.

The story is fun, suspenseful, and a definite escape from the world of today.

In addition, the scenes in Venice are described and shown so beautifully that I could see its beauty throughout the book. Although I have seen photos of Venice, particularly in college when I studied art, the descriptions here solidify its beauty, people, and history in my imagination.

One specific scene makes me really smile. There was a mention of Evening in Paris. That brought back memories when I was growing up, and I would see those little dark blue glass bottles of this perfume at Woolworth’s and Grant’s dime stores. That was a fun remembrance!

Pamela Allegretto is a talented writer, lyrical and intelligent, and that combination makes for great stories that make me want more of them!

Also recommended: Bridge of Sighs and Dreams by Pamela Allegretto.

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“I have always been infatuated with WWII History and the Holocaust. I was so impressed with the details and the character’s determination for survival and dreams of the future. Pamela Allegretto did an amazing job capturing the history, the fear, tension, and intimidation of the times. I couldn’t put the book down!”

My most heartfelt thanks to Barbie Kerin Gallagher for this lovely review.




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None of us the US are allowed inside the EU right now, but that doesn’t stop us from dreaming of better days to come.

For those adventurous artists who have squeezed the last drop from your yellow ochre and burnt sienna while painting Tuscan sunrises and sunsets, head south. I’m not talking Rome or Naples or Salerno, I mean the Deep South that Carlo Levi wrote about in Christ Stopped at Eboli.

In 1935, The Fascists exiled Levi to this region as a political prisoner. For persons unfamiliar with this book, it has nothing to do with religion or of Christ making a weekend get-away to the Basilicata region. It refers to the idea that if Christ was traveling south in Italy and doing his Godly thing along the way, then he stopped when he reached EboliLevi wrote: “upon my arrival, the peasants said, ‘we are not Christians, Christ stopped short of here, at Eboli.’ Christian, in their way of speaking meant human being.” This “God-forsaken” region remains today a land outside time.

So, what do I like about this earthy and primeval region? Just that. It’s earthy and primitive. In addition, the architecture is fun and challenging to paint. And the citizenry are as warm as the Southern Italian sun.

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The Festa del Redentore, one of the most important traditional events in Venice, commemorates the end of the plague of the 16th century. The annual celebration takes place during the weekend of the third Sunday of July.

Between 1575 and 1577, the plague struck Venice. The bacterium was thought to have been brought into the city on one of the commercial vessels.  The plague killed 50,000 people, almost one third of the total population. The most famous victim was the painter Tiziano (Titian), who died in 1576. Although, since he died at age 88, it is not definite whether he died from the plague or from another disease.

In 1576, Doge Alvise Mocenigo made a promise to God to build a church in exchange for an end to the plague. When the plague ended in July 1577, the new Doge Sebastiano Venier honored this promise and built a temporary wooden church. The Redentore Church, named after the Redeemer, later replaced the wooden church.

The Santa Maria della Salute Church was built for a similar reason. This church remembers the 1630 plague in Venice.

So I guess the take away is that the next time a plague hits Venice, that means God wants a new church. Maybe our current “plague” means God wants a new president. I sure do!!!

Venetian gondolier

Venetian Gondolier – Click on Gondolier to enlarge image.

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“If you have had to cancel your long awaited vacation to Venice, Italy and still wish to get away, no problem. Pamela Allegretto’s newest offering: “Ashes to Ashes, Diamonds to Dust” can take you there. This clever caper done in the style of, say, a Blake Edward’s ’60’s caper, will transpose you. You will walk the streets of Venice and ride its gondolas along the canals with heroine, Carla, as she avoids a cast of truly odious characters while trying to honor the last wishes of her best friend. Cozy up on your beach chair and leave your cares behind and try not to salivate over the food and scenery described as you plot out your future trip.”

Mille grazie to Denis Gessing, author/voice actor/ professional storyteller/dear friend, for this lovely review. Your approval is especially meaningful. Cheers!

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“Ms. Allegretto is first and foremost a graphic artist and illustrator, but this literary foray of hers makes one wonder, if she hadn’t taken up the brush, what she might have accomplished with the pen.
In Bridge of Sighs and Dreams she displays a true author’s knack for painting a word-picture that puts the reader right there, wherever “there” may be. What’s more, as she so amply displays in her novel, she possesses the two attributes every writer of fiction must: an understanding of and ear for plot, and a genuine love for her characters, even the unsavory ones. For without the latter, not only do the dramatis personae fail to come alive on the page but whatever they would teach us about the human condition comes watered down, too.
Of course, that she chose the structure for Bridge of Sighs and Dreams  she did increase its chances for success from the get-go. Few are the stories that appeal more than those pitting a likable hero against a despicable villain, in this case the good sister Angelina vs. the evil sister-in-law Lidia. That’s not only a tried-and-true formula but great fun. With the added bonus of being set in Mussolini’s fascist Italy, a place and time in which fear, unrest, and uncertainty became the stuff of everyday life.
So snuggle into your favorite armchair with a mug of hot tea at your side and Allegretto’s time machine of a book in your lap. You’ll enjoy the ride, trust me.”

Thank you to noted author J. Michael Dolan for this wonderful review. Praise from a fellow WW2 fiction author is quite meaningful.

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