A Mobster’s Secrets – Taken to the Grave

Last week’s most intriguing story in Rome — with still no conclusion– was a decades old mystery surrounding a missing Italian teenager that has jumped back into the headlines. 15-year-old Emanuela Orlandi– daughter of a Vatican employee– disappeared in 1983 after heading out of her family’s Vatican-owned apartment for a music lesson. Decades of investigations have […]


From Pope Benedict to Lady Gaga – Life and Love

Dear Blog Readers, Earlier this week I did a story on the Vatican’s reaction to Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage.  The Archbishop of Dublin Diarmud Martin told my AP wire colleague Nicole Winfield and me that “The Church’s teaching is very clear about this….It goes back to the original teaching in the beginning of the […]


Bold and Beautiful, Brooke and Ridge

Dear Blog Readers, you were all so enthusiastic about my “Bold and Beautiful” posts I am doing one last wrap up. I found Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke) to be lovely.  She is 51 and she looks awesome and is open, generous and friendly too.  A mother of a mixed family with 4 children from various […]


The Pretty Traffic Cop, The Ferrari and the Sexiest Man Alive

A full day on the set today with “The Bold and the Beautiful” in the lovely seaside town of Polignano A Mare in Puglia.  Here are a few highlights of the day. My prize goes to Milena Cisternino, a pretty local traffic cop with a killer smile who I found eagerly hanging outside the door […]


The Bold and the Beautiful Land in Italy

I am in Puglia – the heel of Italy’s boot – on an assignment for AP Entertainment, to cover the American soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful” on location. I anxiously told my bosses “I’ve covered shipwrecks, earthquakes, elections and the Pope, but I have never, ever covered a soap opera, and I’ve never, ever […]


Giant Moon at the Colosseum, Red Toenails at Home

Dear Blog Readers – I’ve had little time for blogging these days, but I wanted to share the above photo. Last night I had to cover a night tour of Rome’s Colosseum.  The special tour for journalists just happened to coincide with the Giant Moon.  After we finished filming inside we walked out and I […]


Italy’s Gentle Giant with a Killer Kick

A long leg came shooting out and smashed into the blue “colpitore” with such force that I jumped.  WHOMP! I was sitting several meters away and had been expecting the kick but the force and intensity startled me. Italy’s Olympic silver-medal Taekwondo champion Mauro Sarmiento was warming up.  He is 1,95 meters tall (nearly 6’ […]


The Election of Pope Benedict XVI – A Mamma’s View

Today marks the 7th anniversary of the election of Pope Benedict XVI.  The period before and after the death of Pope John Paul II and the election of Pope Benedict XVI was probably the most professionally intense of my life.  There were great challenges to keep job and family afloat.  It was also incredible thrill, […]