Proud to Present . . .

Posted: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 | Category: Travel Writing


I met a lot of people in Europe.  I even encountered myself — James Baldwin I turned 60 in August. For a long time, I thought about how I wanted to celebrate this big event. I knew it would not be with a “thing” — I have enough things as it is. And I hate […]

Bella Borghetto, Italian Neverland

Posted: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Tips, Travel Writing


My favorite thing is to go where I’ve never been. — Diane Arbus We had just spent an amazing week in the north of Italy, introducing six of our friends to Bologna, Mantova, Modena, Padova, Ferrara, Vicenza . . . the list goes on. It was a whirlwind of a trip for a number of […]

How does your (word) garden grow?

Posted: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 | Category: Travel Writing


I type in one place, but I write all over the house.  — Toni Morrison I was talking to a writer friend recently. We were in a Starbucks in a Barnes & Noble and she was anxious to get back to her house because she was, as she said, “on a roll” with some writing. […]

The Legend of La Befana

Posted: Wednesday, January 6, 2010 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Writing


Christmas is a time when you get homesick – even when you’re home.  ~ Carol Nelson When I was a kid, we celebrated Christmas on December 25. Santa Claus came down the chimney (I never knew how he got into our fireplace-less house) the night before and, since I was an only child, I awoke […]