No matter where you live, or what time of day it is, I’d like to welcome you to the wonderful world of Thasc’s new blog. My name is Maria and I hope to often come into your lives with different topics ranging from experiences I’ve had in my travels and in my kitchen; topics that would invigorate lively discussion and commentary and at the same time explore the very special people here at Thasc and their wonderful talents which come from the heart and soul of their amazing lives.
Let me tell you a few things about me. I have been a teacher and adjunct Professor of Italian for over 34 years, teaching mostly in the Boston area but also abroad in Italy on 2 different occasions after being awarded Fulbright scholarships sponsored by the United States government. I have also taught on two campuses in Florida; Miami Dade Community College and Florida International University. I initiated the first Italian Exchange between two high schools in the United States and that exchange is still going on between the cities of Florence, Italy and Newton, MA. after almost 30 years. I have lived in Beijing, China, teaching English there and climbing the Great Wall twice! I also trekked over 500 miles through China with 5 of my students to Xian, Shanghai, Nanjing and Hong Kong. I had to learn Chinese, of course, and rank that as one of the most exciting experiences of my life. I am a calligrapher and learned over 500 Chinese characters!
One of my passions is cooking and I love preparing Italian dishes for lots of people. I also love traveling and am so fortunate to have met the wonderful people at Thasc and feel like they are family. I have traveled through the British Isles and most of western Europe. I have worked with the underprivileged and handicapped in my communities winning an award for Human Rights recognition in 1997. One of my favorite things in life is working with animals of all kinds. I have a rescue cat named Sofia who lights up my life and at many times dismantles it! Where would we be without these wonderful creatures?!
My hope is that I can share my favorite stories with you and introduce some delicious recipes all while incorporating your feedback. I do have a dual degree: a Master’s in Italian Language & Literature and a B.A. in English with a minor in Art. I adore young people and have learned many things from them during my tenure.
I am so proud to be a part of the Thasc family and would like to invite you to jump on my carousel to take a special ride each week. Looking forward to your comments and suggestions very soon!
Maria Libera Vallone
THASC is a unique small American business producing cards and other promotional products. www.thasc.com