I am going to tell you my life story, which began in Italy a long time ago and may end in Brisbane, Australia, who knows?

Hi, my name is Frank Menchise

and I welcome you to read my life story.


Welcome to our first article of my life story. (You can read also this article, in the original version, by clicking on the link above)

Now, let me explain a few things: what you are reading here is the story of my life that I have already published in Hub Pages, so, if bub Pages is mentioned in these article, you know the reason why. Anyhow let me start telling you the story. 


Dear readers, before I start writing this first article, let me welcome you to my hubs and introduce myself: my name is Frank Menchise; and here I am writing my first hub, in Hub Pages.

So, I would like to welcome you to my Hub (No:1), you are all invited to read about these articles, which will be about my life story that will be written in the following articles that I indent to write.

I am welcoming you dear readers, since those who are going to read my hubs are going to be my friends from now on, so, I would like that they feel welcome. So, I feel already that I have a bond with you dear readers, and that is the reason, why I am welcoming you to my Hub Pages with open arms so to speak; since I would like to have many followers.

Now that I have welcomed you to read my articles; first of all, let me tell you who I am and where I come from, my full name is Francesco Menchise and I was born in Genzano di Lucania, for those that don’t know where Genzano di Lucania is, I will tell you it is in Southern Italy.

Now that I have introduced myself, let us state briefly what sort of articles we are going to write for our readers in Hub Pages: in a way all articles put together are going to be the story of my life and what I have learned from it, so, even though today I am in Australia and writing these articles in English, I am going to start the story of my life from where I was born; therefore, for a start we are going to take you on a journey to the place where I was born, and talk about my native town of Genzano di Lucania, where I was born and spent my young life in this town, and therefore, what I did when I was young, then we will talk about my emigrating to Australia and what I did for a living when I came to Australia, and then all the most important things that I have done in my life, so in a way it is going to be the story of my life from beginning to the present days; I hope to be able to write it clear enough for my readers to understand easily. You might say why I want to write the story of my life? Well I don’t really know, but today seems that everybody has a story to tell, so I would like to tell you my own life story.

Therefore, I hope that I will be able to write about a few interesting things, while I am telling you about my life story, and you are all welcome to read and enjoy anything that you find in my hubs interesting, and perhaps sometimes also that is not going to be very interesting for you, but might have some interesting things for other people. Anyhow you are also invited to comment on my hubs if you like, in the hope that by knowing what you would like to hear from me, I could be able to reply and have a friendly discussion with you, and at the same time be able to improve my hubs, based on your feedback. So don’t be shy let me hear what you would like to see written in my life story, in the hope that I can make them more interesting for you. You see, I believe that it is the duty of any man that wants to write something to do his best for his/her own readers, apart from the fact that I believe that it is the duty of any human being to write issues for the benefit of humankind, I am going to write an article within my next hub called, ‘an old man life story’, where I am going to write an article about, “The duty of any man”, so that you can see what I mean; at this point of time, you might be asking yourselves, why I am writing these articles in Hub Pages and I am going to explain it to you here-under.





Why I am writing articles in Hub Pages

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There are a few reasons why I am writing these articles in Hub Pages

Now that I have welcomed you to my hubs and introduced myself and other things, let me say why I am writing my first article in Hub Pages to start with; you see, I am not sure whether wanting to write has been dormant within me and now I have become aware of this desire to write something, in my old age; I suppose I am just like everybody else and I would like to write my own life story; or it might be because of the many things that I have learned during my life and for this reason today I wonder what I could do with all those things that I have learned during my life, as I feel that it would become a waste of my accumulated knowledge if I don’t use it anymore. So, I have decided to do something about it because, not only it gives me the chance to tell my own life story, but also because one should try to remember what one has learned and pass it on to the next generation if possible, therefore I am going to write my life experiences down for myself and my readers, as it may turn out to be useful one day. Now what I have just said is one reason why I am writing in hub pages, but there are another reasons as well, or perhaps just an excuse if you like; you see, one of my last experiences is the following explanation:

But before I can explain, let me say something else, I have to say that I am not a real writer and I am still learning how to write properly these articles in Hub Pages, so let this learning begin and let me dream that I would be able to write good articles for my readers, of course this being a writer one might say that this is just a dream of mine, but let me dream it is nice to dream something that you would like to do anyhow, and now let me explain the other reason:

You see, I have a few friends and a cousin that are telling me all about their activities in Hub Pages, at this point of time they are writing about religions, which is an interesting subject to discuss and contribute, in the hope that you may say something useful for all humanity just like what I would like to do here, of course there are all those religious beliefs and not beliefs to discuss and here is their first hub, which I believe I have contributed and this is the link, Reconciliation forum, if you would like to check it out, of course this is their hub even though I have discussed these religious issues with them many times. Anyhow I don’t want to go the same way, since they are already covering that; so I have read a few hubs here and there because I wanted to see how they were like and I believe that I could contribute something to this Hub Pages site by writing my own hubs about my life story and also writing general subjects, and perhaps be able to earn a few dollars if I am lucky, at least they tell you that it could be done.

I am saying this just because I have in mind to write and publish several hubs that will deal in general subjects, perhaps I will have to write about things that I have done in life like working in the building industry and my bricklaying trade, which some people might want to know a few things about it, not because they need to know what I have been doing during my life, but because they would like to know how these building things are done, so I would describe to them how these things are done as a trade person would do it, at some stage I will also start telling you the story of my life, which would be the most important side of my hubs for a while when I have not any other important things to say.

I would like to tell you the story of my life, because I think that it could be interesting to know and compare my life happenings with somebody else to see what we have done during our lives; you see, I am an old man now and I find that the way that we are living today is very different from the ways life was when I was young, so I feel some time that I want to tell the younger generation a story beginning with, when I was young; perhaps here I have to add this observation, that I am just like my older relatives who sometimes wanted to tell me their story starting with the words, when I was young. Anyhow I believe that today the difference in life style could be interesting to the public in general to know, in order to compare what sort of improvement we have had in the last three quarters of the last century. Well this is just one way of seeing it, because I believe that there could be many other ways to use the life story of an old man, which is indeed going to be the story of my own life, plus a few things borrowed from our previous generation. I know that these are old stories, and the younger generation live a different way today, but there might be something in my story that might interest even the younger generation, you never know. Well I believe that my articles would be able to highlight the difference, between the way that we live today and the way that we used to live in the past. Anyhow, let us see, what else could be said presently.


 Some other general writings

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Now, let us just go over what has been said; I hope that somehow I would be able to interest you my readers now and in the future, with my articles about my life story and other things as well, therefore at this very moment I hope that you dear readers still want to know a bit more about me and my life story, so, I am going to tell you this. In the beginning of this hub I said that I have some of my friends and also one of my cousins already writing their hubs in Hub Pages, they have asked me to join them but I am not interested, as I believe that they want to use me to their advantage, so I have decided to surprise them when they see my first Hub published here in Hub Pages. So, Hub Pages, my cousin and his friends here I come to surprise you; at least I hope it is a surprise, but I think that they already have guessed what I want to do.

Here I want also to tell you that I am also on Face book and I am contributing by writing some posts in blogger with my friends, one of these general blog is called Menfranco general blog at this address; I also follow and contribute in groups of public forum, so I am not completely new to the internet activities of today.

Anyhow, I believe that when my friends see my first hub they will think that I have gone crazy, just because they wanted me to help them, and now in a way I am competing with them; they will also be thinking that I am dreaming an impossible dream when they see my first hub, and they will thing that I will not be able to fulfil what I am now promising you dear readers that I am going to write some interesting hubs about my life and other things, so, I am saying to my friends that only time will tell if I am going to be able to do what I am promising to do in hub pages.

Anyhow I believe that I will be able to do what I have to do, because a man has got to do what a man has got to do? It is only a matter of making up your mind and then you try hard enough to succeed. I hope you understand me dear readers, as I am sure that some of you might have been in a similar situation during your life.

Now that I have welcomed you and written my brief introduction about what I would like to write in my Hub Pages articles; this opening hub comes to an end and all I have to do is to say to you dear readers what I will be writing in my next hub; I think that it is only appropriate that I shall start by telling you about the story of my life, including what I believe a man has got to do with his own life accumulated knowledge, since this may become the main theme in my Hub Pages article in the beginning, and then will see how we go and decide if we have to do something different, whenever it becomes necessary, like when we are reviewing our articles we have written and this is what I am going to write here under.


Reviewing our written articles or hubs

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Dear readers here I would like to point out that this last sub-article in this hub has been added, when I have reviewed my hubs, you see, while I was reviewing our hubs I have become aware that I have written some good hubs already, so we would like that you could check them out. You see we have written about our life and our life struggles and people seem to think that it is worth reading, the hub My life my struggles, we have written about the The town I came from, and many other hubs, we have also written a few hubs telling you about bricklaying, and anyone that is not a real bricklayer might find them helpful, DIY brickwork, this is one link, but there are several articles talking about DIY brickwork, readers are advised to look for anything about houses and building and also some financial issues, like buying your own house, since as you know I am telling you the story of my life and therefore the knowledge that I gained in my life.

Anyhow we are writing a few hubs all about our life and what we have learned from life, therefore we hope that they would be helpful to our readers and that they enjoy reading them; or at least read them so that they might be in a better position to understand what is involved, when they are building or buying their apartment or house, you see everybody would like to own their own house, because owning a house is very important, as it helps to live a better and less stressful life, I know that because I have gone through it myself. But, let us try to close this article here and also find another excuse why I am writing my life story.

Because, I have been thinking that while I would like to tell you the story of my life, I have also to say that I cannot stop wondering how most people tell the story of their lives, so I have been checking on the internet where I found that there are several articles if we look for them anywhere on line, perhaps I have done that to encourage myself that I am doing the right thing, anyhow this is one of the links that I have found on the net. Writing An Autobiography,

This is just one link, but there are many more to be found. Anyhow I think that I might have said enough in this first article, so see you in our next hub that we will call, an old man life story.


An old man life story

An old man life story 

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Let me welcome you to my article (No: 2): An old man life story, (You can read this article in the original version, if you click on the link above)

Dear readers, this article could have been two articles, because this is: An old man life story and includes also the duty of any man; and now let us begin with,

An old man life story

Let me tell you a story and transport you to another place and to another time, at the time when I was a young kid and my mother or my grandma in the evening would tell me a story just to keep me happy and go to bed and sleep.

Oh my god! What did I say? Tell you fairy tales that the elders of my time were telling me when I was a young kid; no, sorry my dear readers I have made a mistake and I apologize, because you see today I don’t remember much about those stories that the elders of my time were telling me, even though those stories seemed very interesting to us kids then; here I need to tell you that in those times mothers and grandmothers had always a story to tell the kids, it was the only way to keep us kids quiet as there was no TV and most time not even a radio for miles, the only news in those times were in the newspapers, if one could borrow it from somebody that could afford to buy it, the rest of the news were the local news that the people of the town would tell each other, so that they would know what was happening around them, so people would pass them around by word of mouth. Anyhow the stories that these old ladies would tell us were as good as any other story, and if the famous Brothers Grimm had known them they would have written them in their stories book. The Annotated Brothers Grimm : Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm

Here I would like to point out that a lot of things have changed since I was a kid, but I still remember lot of things that I would like to tell you, so let me go on. Now that I happen to be talking about the mothers and grandmothers of those times, I would like to add how they worked hard to keep kids quiet in those times, we will come to talk about my life story soon, as soon as I finish telling you this old fact of life; because here I would like to add something else that today does not happen anymore in the western world, I am saying the western world because what these old ladies were doing then might still be done in very backward countries today one can never know; I can just imagine that there might still be a few places where progress as not taken place, and therefore people are still using those skills that their forbears have used for centuries or even thousands of years.

Anyhow let me describe to you what these old ladies did to put a child to sleep, they would take the child in their arms sit on a sturdy chair and sing a lullaby while they were rocking the chair until the child would go to sleep, or do the same thing by putting the child in a rocking cradle and rock the cradle and sing a lullaby, those times were a lot harder than today for young mothers as you can see for yourself, not only they had to look after the child, but they had also wash everything by hand as there were not any washing machine, or any throw away paper devises that would keep the child clean, so, they had to rely or their skills that they had picked up from their elders and work hard to keep things going properly.

Today is a lot easier for a young mother, because of the washing machine and other things that make life less stressful, even singing lullaby is gone out of fashion, perhaps it is because there is so much music songs and everything else around us, so, singing lullaby is out of fashion, and for this reason you cannot hear any mother singing their lullaby to their child in any town, I guess that even in the country outside towns they don’t sing anymore, it is the sign of the time people are not born singers, those young mothers were singing then because they had to, it was their job to keep their children quiet even if their singing was out of tune as long as their child was satisfied. You see children are attention seeker and they were happy as long as they knew that there was somebody looking after them, and to hear their mother singing to them and rocking them would satisfy them and fall asleep. Anyhow this is how it was done in those old days.