Wobbly Arms, Flabby Thighs, and Blog Awards

February 4, 2014
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Last Saturday I was walking home from my Zumba Class — which is my weekly opportunity to let off steam (see Frazzled Mamma Note at the end of Blog Post: Mudslinging at the Vatican).  As I shuffled my sweaty self along, I was deep into a massive personal pity party.  The problem with my Zumba […]


The Marvelous Works of Rossana Petrillo

January 30, 2014
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The marvelous work of Rossana Petrillo first struck me when I was wandering through an art gallery in Ravello (see Blog Post: Romantic Ravello and Lacing Wars). There were several of Rossana’s large paintings on the wall and I loved the gentle, round women, in elaborate hats and gloves, calmly enjoying a fairy-tale atmosphere, indifferent to […]


Alice in Wonderland on Lake Como

September 22, 2013
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This past weekend I joined my husband at a conference in Varenna on Lake Como giving me the opportunity to discover, once again, why Italy is known as the Bel Paese (The Beautiful Country).  Every time I step out from my crazy little cocoon in Rome, running from work to family duties, I find that […]


Chewing the Cud in the Italian Alps

August 11, 2013
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This cow has got it all figured out.  August is a time for chilling out and chewing the cud.  That is exactly what I’ve been doing for the past week in the Italian Alps.  When I talk to Americans and other non-Italians about Italy, most people are interested in Tuscany, Sicily, the Amalfi Coast, the […]


Small Change – A Novel of Parenting and Love

July 14, 2013
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Dear Blog Readers — Today my post is dedicated to a review of a book written by a new friend of mine, Lynn Rodolico, followed by a chat with the author. Lynn Rodolico’s “Small Change” is a tender and eloquent story of a Swedish-American couple who adopt twin babies found in a dumpster.  The book tackles […]


Morocco’s Mini-Monarch

April 25, 2013
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Every evening Hassan Aghandor serves up steaming bowls of snails at Food Stall Number 3 in Marrakech’s Jemaa el Fna Square while carrying on a steady stream of conversation with a crowd seated around him on stools.  Last  March, he explained to me, on the birthday of the Prophet Mohammed,  he had some unexpected guests. […]


Marrakech Meandering

April 22, 2013
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Dear Blog Readers – I am in Marrakech for four days enjoying a much needed break.  My husband Gustavo is here for a conference so I have had time to meander about on my own. I am entranced by this city, one gets swept up in the throbbing intensity and exotic romance.  As I walked […]


Artemisia Gentileschi – An Italian Heroine

February 7, 2013
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Dear Blog Readers — I don’t know about any of you, but sometimes when I need a little inspiration to get through a tough time I dig back in history trying to come up with people who I admire.  For some time now, one woman has been among those at the top of my list, […]