The Brilliant, Bloody Borgias are Back

November 4, 2012
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Dear Blog Readers, Last week I took a break from some of the usual news stories I do– Vatican, Politics, Strikes etc, to do a feature story for our entertainment department on the TV series “Borgia”.  They were filming scenes for the second season in the little Italian town of Sermoneta.  I went with a […]


The Pope’s Butler Takes the Stand

October 3, 2012
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He once poured red wine for a Pope dressed from head to toe in white, careful not to spill a drop…but while impeccable in his table service, the Pope’s butler was spilling much more, delivering private documents from the Papal apartments directly into the hands of an Italian investigative journalist. The Pope’s butler, Paolo Gabriele, […]


Michelle Obama: Mom-in-Chief

September 12, 2012
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It was only four years ago that Barack Obama sent the hopes of Americans soaring with promises for change and dreams of a better future.  People joked that he could “walk on water.”  Michelle Obama, always with her feet firmly planted on the ground, kept things in perspective joking that her husband “snores and has […]


Translating US Presidential Politics into Italian

August 19, 2012
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Dear Blog Readers – On Monday I start a brief stint as a political analyst on RAI News 24, the 24-hour news channel on Italy’s state television network. My role will be to help explain the American presidential elections to the Italian public, in and around the period of the Republican and Democratic Conventions, and […]


Elizabeth the Brave

August 16, 2012
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Dear Blog Readers– We are now in the Dog Days of Summer and I am sitting in Rome a sweaty, soggy mess.  Not good for writing interesting blog posts.  So I’ve decided to post a short story I wrote for young adults years ago and then never had time to hunt for a publisher.  It […]


A Peek at Turkish Women

April 27, 2012
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Visiting Istanbul for a few days does not put me in a position to make any reliable conclusions about Turkish women, so instead I want to share some photos and impressions. I was intrigued by the chic use of the hijab headscarves with rather glamorous long trench coats cinched in at the waist with a […]


Istanbul Diary

April 26, 2012
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Dear Blog Readers—I am on a three day trip to Istanbul and although it is a bit of a divergence from my Italy and Mothering themes, I would like to share a few thoughts on one of my favorite cities in the world, and a few comments on Turkey in general. I do not profess […]


Teetering on High

April 22, 2012
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I’ve been writing for nearly a year now about how hard it is for an American Mamma to reach the looks standards of the Italian women.   Women in Italy are style-conscious and impose high standards on themselves in terms of physical looks and dressing.  I have written about my desperate attempts to have luscious legs, […]