work on “All Red” shortly after the two became neighbors. Little
did they realize that they had traveled very similar paths in life.
It is said that, ‘truth is stranger than fiction.’ As fate would have it,
Casamento-Arrigo and Stone both had a connection with Jersey
City, New Jersey. Casamento-Arrigo grew up there after arriving in
America from Sicily, whereas, Stone was born there. The parallels
and connections do not end there though. Ironically, Stone’s wife
Phyllis had lived with her family at 200 Webster Avenue in Jersey
City-a home which would later be occupied by Casamento-Arrigo
and her family.
The similarities didn’t end there though, as it was also discovered
that Stone went to school with and was a friend of one of
Casamento-Arrigo’s relatives by marriage. The two thus accepted
this gift of fate and, indeed, welcomed it and the path that would
eventually lead them to the creation of “All Red.”
Moreover, Casamento-Arrigo and Stone are also both stroke
survivors who share a passion for all forms of self-expression.
Together, they have, as fate would have it, used words to paint
pictures and created pictures that spawned poems. It is within
the pages of this book that you will experience exactly how
passion may serve as an impetus to finding one’s own calling and
unleash that inner voice that speaks to you as well!