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


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 […]

The 2015 Sweet Sulmona Tour!

Posted: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 | Category: Travel Tips


    It’s Finally Here!  History, food, architecture, more food and cooking in the green heart of Europe July 10 – 19, 2015   Join acclaimed travel writer and blogger Linda Dini Jenkins for a small group adventure under the glorious skies of one of Italy’s most beautiful regions. Linda is the author of Up […]

Tags: Abruzzo, cooking class, food, Italy, Sulmona, Tour, wine

For Rent: A little bit of heaven in Sulmona, Italy

Posted: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 | Category: Travel Tips


Forte e gentile (strong and gentle). — Primo Levi, naming both the rugged landscape and the warm hearts of the Abruzzese people   If you can’t come to Abruzzo on one of our Travel the Write Way tours, maybe you’d like to venture into Sulmona, in the heart of Abruzzo, on your own. We’re happy […]

Tags: apartment, Italy, rental, Sulmona

The 2015 Abruzzo Trip: Save the Date!

Posted: Monday, December 1, 2014 | Category: Travel Tips


Forte e gentile. — Primo Levi, describing Abruzzo and its people.   The details are still being worked out, but enough people are asking me about the 2015 trip to Abruzzo (my new home away from home) that I thought I’d better get out some information. There are only 8 seats available on this one […]

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Know David Sisco!

Posted: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 | Category: Travel Tips


Save the Date: Friday, November 14 @ 8 pm Carnegie Hall. No, really!   Announcing an evening of American Song by David Sisco, which will lead off with a suite of poems called “Italianate”  written by somebody named Linda Dini Jenkins and sung by Baritone Michael Kelly. You won’t want to miss this spectacular evening of […]

House Hunters International Not: Our Adventure in #Sulmona

Posted: Thursday, June 26, 2014 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Tips, Travel Writing


Sulmo Mihi Patria Est. — Ovid, some time after 43 BC OMG — we bought a place in Italy! — The four of us, May 2014     First, Hannibal devastated the region around Sulmona, a tidy historical community of some 20,000+ residents tucked into the center of Italy’s Abruzzo region. That was back in […]

La Bella Figura

Posted: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 | Category: Travel Tips


Never wear anything that panics the cat.  — P.J. O’Rourke   The dress was sleeveless, a melon peach color with yellow polka dots the size of dimes all over it. Drop waisted, with a slight flair at the bottom. I felt like a princess in it. I wore it to New York City when I […]

Why Not Paris?

Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Tips, Travel Writing


A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life. — Thomas Jefferson   It may surprise people who know me, and who know how much I adore Italy and how frankly miserable I am when I’m not in Italy, that my very favorite city is not on the […]

The Things I Carry . . .

Posted: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 | Category: Travel Tips


 . . . with apologies to Tim O’Brien. His book, The Things They Carried, is one of my top five books of all time and has absolutely nothing to do with what I’m about to write.   It’s trip planning season again. At least that’s what all my travel blog colleagues are writing about in […]


Posted: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 | Category: Travel Tips


Second Sunday Chowder & Lectures at Salem’s Oldest House Ed. note: I’m crossing over right now, folks, from my job as travel writer to my job as Executive Director of the Pickering Foundation in Salem, Massachusetts. I’m so pleased about the lunch and lecture series that we’ve put together for the Winter 2014 season, that […]