A Home Along the Po

Posted: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Tips


That’s what I like about traveling — you can sit down, maybe talk to someone interesting, see something beautiful, read a good book, and that’s enough to qualify as a good day. You do that at home and everyone thinks you’re a bum. — Richard Linklater and Kim Krizan I want to take you to […]

A Little White (Wine) Lie

Posted: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Tips


“Come quickly,  brothers . . . I am tasting stars.” — Dom Perignon Remember my piece a few weeks ago about our trip to Barboursville’s fabulous restaurant, Palladio? Well, I wasn’t exactly truthful. I told a little white lie. Just a tiny one. You see, while we did set out from Midlothian to go directly […]

In the garden

Posted: Wednesday, May 12, 2010 | Category: Reflections


A garden is always a series of losses set against a few triumphs, like life itself. — May Sarton Your first job is to prepare the soil. The best tool for this is your neighbor’s garden tiller. If your neighbor does not own a garden tiller, suggest that he buy one. — Dave Barry Tim […]

Un po d’Italia in Virginia

Posted: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Tips, Travel Writing


You may have the universe if I may have Italy — Giuseppe Verdi I went to Italy last weekend and never crossed an ocean. I stayed right here in Virginia, and had an experience that I can only call magical. My sister-in-law was out from Utah to celebrate her birthday with her mother and brother […]