Moving Dramas and Bordeaux, Button-down Blues

June 8, 2012
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Dear Blog Readers – My absence from the Blogsphere for the past week has been due to the fact that I am moving,  and yesterday I seem to have hit rock bottom. So, “basta” (enough) with the boxes, and time for some blogging.  The photo above I took at a bus stop near my home.  […]


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 […]


Mediterranean Men

March 9, 2012
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Dear Blog Readers, you are all going to think I am completely nuts, but here goes.  Today I was walking home from work down Rome’s famous Via Del Corso lost deep in thought, I was thinking about my usual concerns (work -Italian hostage killed in botched British rescue attempt in Nigeria and kids- Caterina has […]


International Women’s Day – Italian Style

March 8, 2012
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It’s March 8th, International Women’s Day, when we are supposed to celebrate  the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.  In Italy people give women mini-bouquets of yellow mimosa flowers. I will leave the background and history of internationlal women’s day to other bloggers, but I want to say that an […]


Nico and Giovanni Hit The Big Screen As Scared No-Globals

February 8, 2012
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Last night I got to go to a special preview showing for the film “Diaz – Don’t Clean Up this Blood”, an Italian film in which my son Nico had a small role as a No-Global protester from France who goes to the G8 Summit in Genoa to join in the massive demonstrations. But he, […]


Italian Mini Divas

February 1, 2012
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Food and fevers are at the top of any good Italian mamma’s to-do list, but clothing is not far behind. Italian mammas are obsessive about how their children dress and Italian children are often perfectly dressed. First, they have to have a canottiera, undershirt. They actually call it the ‘maglia della salute’, the health shirt. […]


The Flying Fried Potato Ball

January 30, 2012
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A little fried potato ball flew across the room and hit my darling Caterina on her new dress that her father bought her last week in Madrid. I charged down the hall, past the dessert table and into the private room at the pizzeria where we were having a 14th-birthday party for Caterina with all […]


Fevers – Measure Away Mamma

December 27, 2011
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Italian mammas spend their days measuring their child’s fevers.  When a child has the flu, the mamma has to measure the temperature at least four or five times a day to report the specific number — 38.3, 39.1, 37.9 — back to the mother-in-law, husband and pediatrician.  An Italian pediatrician under the National Health Service […]