(Nearly) a Month in the (Old) Country

Posted: Monday, May 22, 2017 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Tips, Travel Writing

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I am not a great cook, I am not a great artist. But I love art and I love food, so I am the perfect traveler — Michael Palin   It keeps getting better, Italy. And I’m pretty sure that’s not just a comparison to what’s been going on in the good ol’ USA these […]

In Abruzzo: Arrosticini on the Range

Posted: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Tips, Travel Writing

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This article first appeared in DreamofItaly.com   If you’re a fan of spaghetti westerns, you might recognize the location of Ristoro Mucciante, a barbecue-delipicnic spot on Campo Imperatore in the region of Abruzzo. This is the area Italians call “Little Tibet” because of its similar mountainous terrain, but also because of the geography of spirit that the area invokes. In 1970, Campo Imperatore […]

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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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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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On the Road Island Diner

Posted: Monday, February 20, 2017 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Tips

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In Utah: Behind the Zion Curtain — (I can’t take credit)   I apologize for the radio silence. January was a trying month. Some friends rented our places in Sulmona to avoid being in the USofA to witness the events of January 20th and we treated them to an earthquake, a massive snowstorm and a […]

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