Happy National Poetry Month!

Posted: Monday, April 3, 2017 | Category: Salem Stories, Travel Stories, Uncategorized

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Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash — Leonard Cohen   I’m always excited when April comes around, because I can officially come out as a poet. People who know me well know that I teach poetry at Explorers (Lifelong Learning Institute) at least once a […]

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A Taste of La Cucina Abruzzese

Posted: Monday, April 4, 2016 | Category: Salem Stories, Travel Writing

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The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you’re hungry again — George Miller It all started with a crazy idea back in Sulmona in the fall: What if we brought over our two chef friends and did a few cooking classes? Would Americans go for it? Would Novelia really […]

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Audacious!

Posted: Friday, February 20, 2015 | Category: Salem Stories, Travel Tips

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This amazing collection shows the dynamic nature of contemporary wood art. The pieces are at times difficult to reconcile with our expectations about the look and feel of wood. — Dean Lahikainen, the Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Art   Forget everything you think you know about wood turning and what “art […]