Lampedusa – Europe’s Port

July 7, 2013
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Dear Blog Readers– Today I am flying to the tiny island of Lampedusa off the coast of Sicily, to cover Pope Francis’s first trip. Lampedusa is a treeless, strip of an island,  9 kilometers (4 miles) long in the middle of the Mediterranean, closer to the African mainland than to Italy.  Every year thousands of […]


Dancing through the Economic Crisis in Rome

June 30, 2013
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He twirls, he slides, he jumps, he kicks and twists and turns on the cobblestones of the Eternal City…it is Michael Jackson in Rome. Twenty-nine year old Italian Emiliano Fiacchi is a Michael Jackson imitator who draws crowds by twisting and twirling to “Bad” , “Billy Jean” and “Beat it”. Fiacchi has been a devoted fan of Michael Jackson since a classmate […]


Enlightened at the Economics Festival in Trento

June 1, 2013
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Dear Blog Readers, This weekend I was invited to the Festival of Economia in Trento, Italy to moderate a talk with one of Italy’s most prominent journalists and writers, Federico Rampini, currently US Bureau Chief for the Italian daily “La Repubblica.”  Stepping back from the daily grind of personal and professional responsibilities was an unexpectedly […]


Beasts of Burden or Sacred Creatures

April 27, 2013
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Dear Blog Readers — I realize I risk boring you with my continuing posts on Marrakech, but my daughter Chiara insisted that I do a post using the photos that I took of animals in Marrakech which I would sum as the easy and tough life for animals in Marrakech.  Anyone who has travelled in […]


From Boston to Benedict

April 17, 2013
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My heart and mind have been focused on the past few days on my hometown of Boston following the bomb explosions that have killed three people — an adorable 8-year-old boy named Martin Richard, a 29-year-old woman named Krystle Campbell with a beautiful smile, and a 23-year-old Chinese student fron Shengyang named Lu Lingzi who […]


Mourning for the Innocent Children

December 15, 2012
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  Today I am in mourning for the innocent children slaughtered at the school in Newtown, Connecticut by an armed maniac. How many children have to die before we do something to stop weapons getting into the hands of lunatics? My heart goes out to the mothers and fathers of the children who died and […]


Keep Your Eye on the Ball

December 11, 2012
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My Dad has always been an athlete, outdoorsman and adventurer.  He played basketball and football in college; he has scaled mountains from the Himalayas to the Alps, and at age 79 still cross-country skis in the backwoods of Maine, participates in bike races, and plays squash. Over a lifetime my father has taught me lessons […]


Donkeys on Top – A US Election Victory

November 10, 2012
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Dear Blog Readers – I have been very busy doing election commentary for the Italian Television RAI News 24, and in recent weeks I have let my blog slide.  But, lucky for me, my ever-talented 13-year-old nephew, Gaetano M. has been working away.  Here is a cartoon he has drawn on the US Elections. Translating […]