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Maria Baroni

  • On indigenous people

    Since I’m a newcomer to places like New Zealand, Australia, and Canada, I don’t harbor much of the shame of the colonialist past that many people who were raised in those countries…

  • Secrets of Southampton Part 2

    I’ve told you secrets of the ultra wealthy in Southampton in a previous post. I had many experiences with what we now all call The One Percent. Well, when I was around…

  • Maria looking 60s glam

    I do enjoy pulling the celebrity-style vintage photos from my family vault to share with you guys. These are from a photo shoot my mother did in Paris for the opera in…

  • The weight of personal history

    The trouble with having such a deep knowledge of my family history is I find I must bite my tongue when my kids speak casually of their interests. I have no desire…

  • Beach vacation 1940s France

    Palavas-les-Flots is a French seaside resort south of Montpelier. My mother, along with her mother and new stepfather, spent a summer vacation in Palavas while my step-grandfather  enjoyed learning how to use…

  • Our Sunday best

    Chicago suburbs, 1950s, USA Maria Baroni with grandmother Elise & mother Helene. Just a little touch of glamor of you on this fine day.  …

  • The Merry Widow

    One of my fellow opera nerds made a joke by saying, “Meet you at Maxim’s” and I was transported to Art Nouveau Paris. Only, I could hear my mother sing Vilja. It’s…

  • Hunting, fur, & pets

    We had a traditional relationship with animals. We had many pets we adored living alongside our fur coats and hunting trophies. It’s a bit odd from our more modern perspective, but it…

  • The portrait problem

    Gothic horror, film noire, and melodrama will frequently feature a scene with a spooky portrait. Here are a few examples off the top of my head: The House on Telegraph Hill Dark…