From Palmyra to Rome

Dear Blog Readers, Just a quick blog post to tell you about a little gem of a story I was working on yesterday.   The foreign press was invited to visit the restoration laboratory at the famed Superior Institute for Conservation and Restoration in the Trastevere neighborhood of Rome to see two funerary busts damaged by […]

The Writing is on the Wall – Mysteries and Portents in Rome

February 11, 2017
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Dear Blog Readers, You may wonder where I have been since I haven’t been posting. Actually right here in Rome, frenetically rushing around as usual trying to keep all my balls in the air. Hear the sound of them plopping to the ground around me? Since my brain is too frazzled to write a well […]

Tripping Through Texas

January 8, 2017
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This December we had a family reunion in Texas. Having been born and bred in the Boston area and having spent the last 23 years in Rome, I had an erroneous idea of what Texas is all about. I expected a lot of gun-toting cowboys, blond cheerleaders, and pick-up trucks. But Texas was a not […]

Something to Celebrate

December 18, 2016
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Last night I met this little Bangladeshi-American girl at a special celebration in the Boston area to mark Victory Day, when Bangladesh celebrates its liberation from Pakistan at the end of the 1971 Liberation War. “Her name is Yanka,” her father said, spelling it out for me, “it actually is not really a Bangladeshi name, […]

Waiting for Louise

Dear Blog Readers, Just a quick note to share with all of you a story I have been working on for AP that came out earlier this week. It is about the terrible problem that Italy is facing in its efforts to catch human traffickers. The story focuses on a young man named Marc Samie […]

Back in Gritty, Gorgeous Catania

I went back this weekend to the gritty, vibrant, gorgeous city of Catania, Sicily for another story on migrants. After a week of feeling despondent about the bitterness of the US elections, it was a thrill go back and breathe in the city’s energy. Catania has been conquered and ruled by Romans, Arabs, Byzantines, Normans […]

A Spoonful of Dirt, a Lost Dream and the Remains of a Migrant

Dear Blog Readers – I have disappeared from the blogosphere recently because I have been unable to keep up. I feel trapped in a whirlwind of news – stories to shoot, write, edit, tweets to send, and photos to post on instagam.  I know, I know, I’m over the top.  In addition I have been […]

Juggling-Journo-Mama – Covering the Vatican in her PJs

Dear Blog Readers- As my kids have grown, this blog has moved from crazed Mozzarella Mamma tales to more stories about my work with AP Television. However, this week the AP Rome Bureau Chief has give me some good Mozzarella Mamma juggling journo material… this post is starring Nicole Winfield covering the Vatican in her […]