Happy Anniversary, Cucina Abruzzese!

Posted: Thursday, March 2, 2017 | Category: Reflections, Travel Stories, Travel Writing

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It was one year ago this month . . . First, a huge box arrived. It took two of us to drag it into the kitchen. Like the “important award” box in A Christmas Story, the box said in bold letters: FRAGILE. Only this box really was from Italy. Inside was a cornucopia of all […]

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Finding My Words

Posted: Wednesday, December 28, 2016 | Category: Reflections, Travel Stories, Travel Writing

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Writing about a writer’s block is better than not writing at all. — Charles Bukowski   It might seem strange to say that I have writer’s block when, for the first time in my life, I am in the middle of two manuscripts. One is a collection of poetry from my travels around Southern Italy; […]

The Best Good Girl

Posted: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 | Category: Reflections

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If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went — Will Rogers   The rain on my window was hard one day last week. It pounded in a rhythm of threes — tap, tap, tap — that gave me pause. I stopped what I was doing […]

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Italy Bucket List

Posted: Tuesday, December 22, 2015 | Category: Reflections, Travel Stories, Travel Tips

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The holidays stress people out so much. I suggest you keep it simple and try to have as much fun as you can. —Giada De Laurentis  Hah! — LD Jenkins   ‘Tis the season of distress. Too much to do, too many people wanting a piece of your time, and this damned upcoming holiday week, […]

An East Hampton State of Mind

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

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 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 […]

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