Penelope Cruz on Being a Mamma

October 27, 2011
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This week I am covering the Rome Film Festival.  It is a relatively small and little-known compared to the Film Festivals at Venice at Cannes, but I enjoy covering because it gives me a chance to see lots of good movies and interview actors that I would not normally have access to. Wednesday night they […]


Fumbling in the Pharmacy

October 26, 2011
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In Italy mamma-hood is often considered a group activity. Everyone has to get involved — the parents, the grandparents, the aunts, uncles and godparents, the pediatrician and, believe it or not, the pharmacist. Early on I got used to my pediatrician having a lot of opinions, but involving the pharmacist seemed over the top. For […]


Just Another Day at Work…

Just another day at work….. This morning I went to St. Peter’s Square because I was supposed to have a brief interview with the head of Vatican Security, or Gendarmerie, for a story I am working on on the first woman photographer dedicated to covering the Pope and the Vatican (Blog Post coming soon on […]


Boobilicious! Busting Out in Italy

October 22, 2011
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It is not just long, luscious, hairless legs that are required in Italy, women are expected to have perky, plump breasts. The Italian ideal is more or less the Sophia Loren look (another blog post on her coming soon). I never could cut it. As a working Mamma, I have always found it hard just […]


Nico’s Traffic Rules

October 19, 2011
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Verbal eruptions are a common occurrence in Italian traffic.  For starters, lots of Italians drive like maniacs.  All traffic regulations are optional and negotiable depending on the situation.  When Gustavo gave me my first ‘driving lesson’ in Rome, he explained a few simple rules.  “You might as well just toss out the rear-view mirror.  No […]


Jeremy Irons on Women and Food

I had the opportunity today for a brief interview with actor Jeremy Irons after he was named the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization’s new Goodwill Ambassador. The FAO has its headquarters in Rome. A quick glance at Irons’ biography is mind-boggling.  He has starred in dozens of movies (“The French Lieutenant’s Woman, Reversal of Fortune, […]


Door-stepping the High and Mighty

Associated Press Television News (APTN) is the little-known television side of the famous AP wire service. The TV side basically does the same thing but with video. While the wires and photos go out to newspapers around the globe, our video edits go out to hundreds of broadcasters all around the world from NHK in […]


“I am going to kill HER!!!!”

October 11, 2011
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As with many languages, Italian nouns are either masculine or feminine which occasionally has caused me confusion.  Perhaps the most alarming example was one summer shortly after we were married. In the middle of the night, Gustavo snapped on the light, grabbed a magazine, rolled it up, jumped up on the bed and started repeating, […]