Viva the Villa Experience!

Posted: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 | Category: Travel Tips


If you let it, Italy will blow your mind. — Mario Scalzi It happened quite by accident, and I was hooked. My first trip to Italy — back in the Spring of 2000 — was organized by some friends who said that we would be renting a villa. I had no idea what to expect. I […]


Posted: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 | Category: Travel Stories


The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later  you’re hungry again. — George Miller The little wooden stool has been in my house forever. Ever since my grandfather died, at least, and we cleaned out his house. My father was going to throw it away. I said no. The stool […]

National Poetry Month

Posted: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 | Category: Travel Writing


I, too, dislike it: there are things that are important beyond all this fiddle . . . — Marianne Moore If you were forced to sit through hours of classroom time slogging through the seemingly incomprehensible — word upon word, stanza upon stanza of ghastly rhyme and meter, archaic language and even more arcane concepts — […]

Fabulous Floyd

Posted: Wednesday, April 7, 2010 | Category: Travel Stories


Airplane travel is nature’s way of making you look like your  passport photo. — Al Gore Sometimes it’s best just to get in the car. That’s what we did almost as soon as we moved to Virginia. We headed south and west, about 200 miles, to Floyd County. After living a combined 15 years in […]