Appreciation of my Italian heritage was rekindled, fostered and deepened as we wended our way through the north of Italy towards my family roots.
The pioneering spirit of my grandparents landed them in the Sonoma County region in 1928, where they spent the rest of their lives. In the entrepreneurial spirit of the day, they ran many businesses together, including a hotel, bar and gas station in Cotati. My father and virtually all my siblings adopted this same spirit, rarely working for others and many times working with each other. Did this stem from the pioneering spirit of my grandfather or the fact that during this time in history, more people were soloprenuers making a living as best they could?
(To be continued...)
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