Bring Home The Bacon, Fry It Up In A Pan

December 9, 2013
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I don’t know if any of you remember the Enjoli ad back in the 1980s where the beautiful blond wiggled around and sang: “I can bring home the bacon,Fry it up in a pan, And never let you forget you’re a man! “I can work ’til five o’clock,Come home and read Tickety-Tock And if its […]


Romantic Ravello and Lacing Wars

November 1, 2013
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Last week my husband and I celebrated 20 years of marriage with a visit to the Italian village of Ravello, perched on the mountains above the Amalfi Coast with tiny streets, ravishingly beautiful villas with spectacular gardens and magnificent views. I can’t think of any place more romantic than Ravello. We had booked ourselves at […]


A Jaunty Seminarian and a Flat-Tire Mamma in Rome

October 15, 2013
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Today has been one of those days.  I don’t even know why, I am just grouchy and frustrated.  A wannabee super-mamma with a flat tire, running around going flop, flop, flop with every turn of the wheel. I can’t keep up with work and kids and blog and I want to hop into a brightly […]


Bikes and Broccoli in Tilburg

August 25, 2013
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Last week I went through one of those traumatic Mamma experiences, booting my biggest birdie out of the nest hoping that he would fly rather than hit the ground. Nico is starting classes tomorrow at Tilburg University in Holland.  He will be studying Global Law (apparently Tilburg is one of the best places in the […]


Dead End in Lincoln

July 20, 2013
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I don’t know if this happens to any of you dear Blog Readers, but I am finding that my personality is suddenly being possessed by my profession.  Or perhaps my personality has always been what it is and led me into a profession that requires those personality traits.  Let me clarify– I am home in […]


The End of Italy’s Bunga Bunga Era?

June 23, 2013
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I am in crammed into a station wagon headed for Milan on Italy’s A1 autostrada with three AP Television colleagues (Paolo Lucariello, Pietro De Cristofaro and Davide Ghiglione).  Next to me I have one camera and one computer bag. Under my feet are the metal legs for the platform we have in the back.  Also […]


Time to Make the Donuts

November 19, 2012
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Dear Blog Readers– I don’t know if any of you remember the Dunkin Donuts advertisement back from the 1980s but for some reason its catch phrase has stuck in my brain all these years.  “It’s Time to Make the Donuts!” says Fred the Baker as he reaches to turn off his alarm clock  at dawn […]


The Challenges of Parenting

October 7, 2012
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I am in the spectacular city of Ferrara in northern Italy, for the “Internazionale a Ferrara”, a festival where journalists from all over the globe get together to talk about their work.  I was invited to speak about my blog on a panel with Claudio Rossi Marcelli, a gay father of three who has written […]