Thursday Doors: Little Italy San Jose

2017 wasn’t a bad year for me. Things got progressively better as it went on and I look back fondly on many personal and family events of the year.

But as the 1-year anniversary of the Women’s March approached this January, I was reminded how demoralized I had been when last year began. My novel languished, and my blog became very pictorial, as I blogged about what I thought were safe topics. The feeling of my country and our democracy having been attacked and undermined both from within and from without, was chilling. The sparse inauguration crowds and the lies told about them on the world stage added to the cold wintery feelings of alienation.

earthsignBut what a difference a year makes! Last year, as millions marched all over the world, I caught up with an old friend in Santa Cruz. I have to admit that as an introvert, protests, marching, and the like don’t come naturally to me. (I appreciated the sign that read “So bad, even introverts are here!”) I didn’t wear a pink hat, but I enjoyed reading the signs and being surrounded by a group of people who were peaceful but happy and energized, and who cared. That march was the beginning of a long thaw for me. I talked about it in church, and wrote about it here: Wild and Precious.

So this year, when the church was getting together a group of people to march again, I joined in enthusiastically. We went to the San Jose march, which started near City Hall and ended near Little Italy, where I took the photos for this post.

I hadn’t known San Jose had a Little Italy, and it appears to be a relatively new development. Visit their website here, to read about the businesses, the piazza, and plans for a museum and cultural center. The gateway arch pictured here was dedicated in April 2015.


Here are some of the doors. The last one warns you that you are in Sharks territory!


PussyCatHatAnd this year, I did wear a hat. It was a gift from a friend, who knitted it by hand and added a silver kitty charm to the brim. I feel blessed to have friends like that!



Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by adding your post to the link over at Norm 2.0’s blog!


17 thoughts on “Thursday Doors: Little Italy San Jose”

  1. Love your new hat. 🙂 I wore mine last year but opted to march without it this year – red was the color for Seattle this year to honor missing and murdered indigenous women, so red was my attire color this year. As for the doors, I must say that doors are most interesting when they have transom windows, a splash of real contrast color, or beautiful and ornate wood work. I must confess that I look at doors a lot more now. You have raised my awareness of them. I am a huge fan of beautiful (older usually) architecture in general, but now the doors alone get some of my focused attention.

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  2. I used to live in Santa Clara when I went to law school and was initially disappointed that I hadn’t realized there was a Little Italy in San Jose. Glad to hear that it is something new that I can go back to explore.

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  3. I really loved this post, Karen. I think you’re so right. It HAS taken a long time to unthaw. But little by little I feel the knots unkinking, too. I just hope that after all this some GOOD changes are finally made. Proud of you for getting out there and LOVED your hat! You look adorable! 😀 And what a beautiful old town — at least I assume it’s plenty old. Very picturesque buildings.

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    1. I think it’s old by California standards, but nothing out here is really old. (And I’m from Boston, so I do have something to compare it to). Then again, Boston isn’t particularly old by European or Asian standards. It’s all relative!

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  4. Good to get in there and stand up for what you believe in, Karen. It gets tough doing it daily, but that’s where we are now, I guess. I think all this crap is going to shift women to a place of empowerment and it’s very exciting to be a part of the history.

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    1. That’s what I’m hoping. As dismayed as I was by the outcome of the 2016 elections and by the ongoing words and actions of many in our government, I think we have to consider the bigger picture. The system as it was wasn’t working for too many people. Something had to give, and give it did. Growth and change are painful. I hope our daughters–and our sons–will be able to look back on this time from a better place.

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  5. Hi Karen – interesting how life turns around for us … but the doors so often stick around for us to admire – til sometime when they’re changed. Glad you made the walk and then had lunch back home … cheers Hilary

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