An East Hampton State of Mind

Posted: Wednesday, August 12, 2015 | Category: Reflections, Travel Stories, Travel Tips


 And when my spirit wants no stimulus or nourishment save music, I know it is to be sought in cemeteries: the musicians hide in the tombs; from grave to grave flute trills, harp chords answer one another.  ― Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities    My birthday happened to fall on the weekend that just past and we wanted […]

Tags: cemetery, Hamptons, Pollack

Campo 78 + Unbroken + A Box of Old Photos

Posted: Tuesday, July 14, 2015 | Category: Reflections, Uncategorized


I tried to be the perfect daughter, but my Daddy died anyway. — LDJ   That is a sentence that I have written before, but which has gone no place. I even tried it once in poetry: To my Father in Fiji, 1942   In this picture you are twenty The smallest in your unit […]

Tags: Fiji, Navy, WW II

Campo PG 78

Posted: Thursday, May 14, 2015 | Category: Reflections, Travel Stories, Travel Writing


There was never a good war, or a bad peace. — Benjamin Franklin   It was raining the day we went to visit Campo PG 78. The PG stands for prigioneri di guerra, prisoners of war. We were told that students from the liceo (high school) would be helping to lead the tour and that […]

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 […]