Why I Write About Italy: An Invitation

Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2012 | Category: Travel Writing


 Nothing annoys people so much as not receiving invitations. ― Oscar Wilde   Five dedicated Italophiles are about to celebrate their first anniversary together as the Italy Roundtable. Auguri a tutti! Their commitment to Italy and to spreading the word about Italian life, food, wine, history, oddities, accommodations, traditions, events and more is admirable. Plus, it makes […]

World Book Night: 500,000 free books given away in the U.S. tonight!

Posted: Sunday, April 22, 2012 | Category: On Writing, Reflections


Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read. — Groucho Marx   My dog, Maxine, always wanted me to start a blog post like that. She’s got quite a sense of humor. But April being National Poetry Month and tonight being World Book […]

Bethesda’s Bella Italia — Ottimo!

Posted: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Tips, Travel Writing


Let’s face it, there’s something special about Italy . . . Suzy & Bill Menard   When I’m missing Italy (which is whenever I’m not there), it helps to surround myself with Italian things. Food, ceramics, music, wine, movies. . . you name it, it all helps. A fresh fig can keep me happy for […]


Posted: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 | Category: Reflections, Travel Stories


… Me? I’m not off for anywhere at all. Sometimes I wander out of beaten ways Half looking for the orchid Calypso. — Robert Frost, “An Encounter”    The city of Richmond, Virginia includes an array of treasures and the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is surely one of them. Located just a few minutes outside […]