Italian Valentines: Love is in the Air

Wherever you go in Italy, it seems that is love in the air! Italy, with Venice and its gondola rides, and Verona with Romeo and Juliet's fake houses, is known as one of the most romantic travel spots in the world. But Italy isn't only for lovers. There's something for everyone!  Historians can trace the path of time.... Continue Reading →

The Wise Woman with a Stone

If you could leave but one thing behind you what would it be? Wealth and property? Family heirlooms? For me those don't even enter the running. Not only because I have few such things to leave. But because I hope, above all, to leave a lasting legacy.  I may not be remembered for any mighty... Continue Reading →

The Italian Carnival: A Venetian Tradition

Carnival season starts today in our little town, with its historic tradition of a parade and a masked public street party. But no Italian carnival celebration more is famous than that of Venice.  The word carnival literally means either farewell to meat or farewell to the flesh. The concept is, that mask firmly in place, a person is... Continue Reading →

Simple Living for Retirement

Retirement anymore seems just around the corner for us. Yikes! And because of certain life-style choices we've made, we're starting to think they will be interesting years, to say the least. Not that we'll be alone. It's fairly common for folks to find themselves in reduced circumstances during retirement years.  And not only with reduced income. Old age and... Continue Reading →

Groundhog Day in Italy

Many people on Groundhog Day (February 2) wait for groundhogs to emerge from their holes. For according to Anglo-Saxon folklore, if the groundhog sees its shadow, we're sure to have six more weeks of winter. And of course, he can only see his shadow on sunny days, so a bright, sunny day foretells more winter. A cloudy... Continue Reading →

Through the Eyes of a Child

"Why don't they want him to sing Nonna (Grandma)?" my 6-year old grandson wondered. "He sings good." He just couldn't understand why during the Rafe Hollister Sings espisode of the Andy Griffith Show, Mayberry's mayor and a leading citizen (Mrs. Jeffrie) didn't want Mr. Hollister to represent their town at a musical event.  "Yea," added his 4-year... Continue Reading →

Italy’s Wild Abruzzo

Our main home is in the little known region of Abruzzo, which was once a joint region with that of Molise. It lies to the east of Lazio and Rome and north of Puglia, with the Adriatic sea and it's long beaches to the east. As Italy's most mountainous region, it contains two of the Appenine's... Continue Reading →

A Lesson From the Birds

With his tiny feet resting lightly on the snow's surface, he reminded me of the Father's loving care. I love birds, and felt so bad for that brave little guy. Pecking at the plants growing in the roof eaves, the only things not buried by snow.  "Don't worry, I care for the birds," a gentle whisper... Continue Reading →

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