A Travelin’ Gal: 2014 in Pictures

Posted: Monday, December 15, 2014 | Category: Reflections


To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted. – Bill Bryson   I  have been incredibly lucky this year. Not so much […]

Tags: Abruzzo, Carnegie Hall, Italy, New York City, Paris, Sulmona, travel

Perfect Summer Days/Memories of #Italy

Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | Category: Reflections, Travel Stories


Ed. note: We’ve been having a lot of them lately here in New England. Reminds me of a perfect day in Italy not so long ago . . .   Abbondanza   We sit at the kitchen table in the morning Drinking the juice of mangoes and blood oranges Eating creamy yogurt out of chipped […]

Tags: Italy

Foodie Poetry: With Apologies to Ogden Nash

Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 | Category: Reflections


No man is lonely while eating spaghetti: It requires so much attention. — Christopher Marley When I attended the Massachusetts Poetry Festival recently, I  took a class on writing poetry about food. I’m off to Italy soon. What else did you think would happen? ‘Talian Food I would not eat the sauteed eel Not the […]

Seen in Salem

Posted: Monday, October 14, 2013 | Category: Reflections


  We’re just getting started! Last week’s parade kicked off the month-long Haunted Happenings celebration in Salem, MA. Here are a few shots of the scene on Essex Street on this beautiful Sunday. Stop by for a spell, if you can . . . Buon viaggio!     Should witches be this happy?!?     […]

Nomad’s Dream

Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2013 | Category: Reflections


“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.” – Jack Kerouac   I went for a pedicure the other day, to lessen the back-breaking monotony of packing. The color I chose was a rather nice frosted pale peach. I didn’t realize […]

Nice to be back

Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2013 | Category: Reflections


Welcome back, loyal readers and hello, newcomers! Sorry to have been away for so long. Probably you haven’t even noticed, but it’s been nearly two months since my last confession, er, posting. As my friend David said, I have been muggled. Twice. Taken down by computer meanies who want to get into my system and […]

Thinking About San Francisco Today

Posted: Friday, November 16, 2012 | Category: Reflections


The Changing Light   The changing light at San Francisco is none of your East Coast light none of your pearly light of Paris The light of San Francisco is a sea light an island light And the light of fog blanketing the hills drifting in at night through the Golden Gate to lie on […]


Posted: Friday, July 20, 2012 | Category: Reflections


The sunflower is mine, in a way. — Vincent van Gogh     And who could argue with this? Of course it is Vincent’s. But sunflowers are also my favorite flower. There’s nothing like driving through Tuscany or Umbria and seeing acres and acres of them dancing in the light breeze. They look so cheery […]

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 […]


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 […]