Bouncing Around Burkina Faso

October 22, 2018
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Dear Blog Readers – Last week I spent bouncing around Burkina Faso, most of the time in a 4-wheel-drive vehicle with seven people, a ram, several chickens and huge bags of peanuts.  We shot over potholes, barely missing pigs wallowing in the mud, spent hours on vertebrae-crushing rural dirt roads with orange-colored dust caking itself […]


Mourning the Last Male White Rhino

March 21, 2018
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Working in the news business I feel so bombarded by news events that, sadly, I sometimes turn off and become indifferent to it all – earthquakes, planes crashes, floods, bombs, terror attacks, ships sinking… Then there is a news story that unexpectedly jumps out and hits me…the death this week of Sudan, the last male […]


Tiffany’s Turtle Fountain Mystery

March 10, 2018
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Dear Blog Readers, Tiffany Parks, my fellow Roman-American blogger Mamma buddy, has just written a marvelous new mystery for 8-12-year-olds about one of my favorite fountains in Rome, the Turtle Fountain in the Jewish Ghetto. The protagonist is a 13-year-old American girl named Beatrice Archer who moves to Rome from Boston with her historian father […]


The Vatican’s Superwoman

February 18, 2018
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Dear Blog Readers, Over the years I have been known to complain once in a while about being a working mother of three, juggling the demands of my job and the needs of my kids.  Well, no more.  Now that I have heard about the demands on Barbara, I will be quiet. Think about this: […]


Babington’s Tea Rooms 125th Birthday Bash

January 28, 2018
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Dear Blog Readers, This week, Rome’s most famous tea rooms, Babingtons, celebrated their 125th anniversary at Villa Wolkonsky, the British Ambassador’s residence. For those who have never heard of Babingtons, it is a Tea Room that serves a proper English Tea with scones, cakes and biscuits just at the foot of Rome’s Spanish Steps. On […]


The Marvelously Ugly White Truffle

November 19, 2017
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Dear Blog Readers – I am on a train headed back to Rome after a busy weekend bouncing around the Piedmont region of Italy with Italy’s Foreign Press Association’s “Gruppo Del Gusto” a sort of Culinary Club of journalists who travel around Italy visiting towns looking at local foods and food production, eating a lot […]


A Pope’s Bitter End

Dear Blog Readers – I just spent the week taking a journalism course in the small town of Fiuggi, in the hills a little south of Rome. I loved going back to “school” and spending hours in the classroom learning about Italian law, the modern history of Europe, and economics.   While I was there, I […]


High in the Sky over Lazio

February 26, 2017
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Dear Blog Readers – This post is the story of how I found myself with sweaty palms in a plane about the size of a firefly looking out over the rolling hills, green fields, and tiny medieval villages around Rome. It all started with the French language. I have been taking an intermediate French language […]