A Spoonful of Dirt, a Lost Dream and the Remains of a Migrant

Dear Blog Readers – I have disappeared from the blogosphere recently because I have been unable to keep up. I feel trapped in a whirlwind of news – stories to shoot, write, edit, tweets to send, and photos to post on instagam.  I know, I know, I’m over the top.  In addition I have been […]

Juggling-Journo-Mama – Covering the Vatican in her PJs

Dear Blog Readers- As my kids have grown, this blog has moved from crazed Mozzarella Mamma tales to more stories about my work with AP Television. However, this week the AP Rome Bureau Chief has give me some good Mozzarella Mamma juggling journo material…..so this post is starring Nicole Winfield covering the Vatican in her […]

Covering the Earthquake in Italy for AP Television

Dear Blog Readers – this is my lengthy, diary-like, behind-the-scenes account of covering the 6.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Italy one week ago. It will probably be boring to many people but it does give a good idea of how we cover a major news story. As on many big news stories there were moments […]

The Great Garibaldi Press Mess

  Dear Blog Readers, On Monday I spent 15 hours on the Italian Aircraft Carrier Garibaldi covering a summit between Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Hollande. The three leaders visited the Italian Island of Venotene and then arrived on the Garibaldi by helicopter for a press conference. The […]

Traveling with Pope Francis in Armenia

Dear Blog Readers, This post is going to be a behind-the-scenes photo album of the trip to Armenia with the Pope because it is too late to fill you in on all the news. On Friday morning I got up at 5am to get ready to head for the airport and the first thing I […]

Pope Francis heads to Armenia

Pope Francis leaves Friday morning for a three-day trip to Armenia where he will visit a memorial for the victims of the Armenian Genocide and push for peace, symbolically releasing a dove near the Turkish border. Given the Brexit vote, this trip may get less attention than some of his other trips but, as a […]

Only in Naples – Katherine Wilson’s Story

June 18, 2016
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Dear Blog Readers- My journalist friend Barbie Nadeau (of Daily Beast and CNN fame)  wrote to me the other day introducing me to her friend Katherine Wilson, author of the recently published memoir about Naples, “Only in Naples: Lessons in Food and Famiglia from My Italian Mother-in-Law.”  Katherine wrote that she was eager to meet […]

The Elizabeth Spicer Story

June 2, 2016
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Dear Blog Readers— My story about my five times great grandmother Elizabeth Spicer who was captured by Native American Indians and lived with them for a couple of years back in the 1700s has finally been published. I first posted the story on this blog many years ago, see blog post “Elizabeth the Brave” if […]