Will Fly for Cheese

Posted: Friday, March 13, 2015 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Writing


Wine and cheese are ageless companions, like aspirin and aches, or June and moon, or good people and noble ventures. — M.F.K. Fisher   I’m off to bella italia soon and one of the things I’ve been thinking about — especially since I just wrote a guest blog post about Sulmona and food for L’Esperta […]

Tags: Abruzzo, confetti, food, Italy, Sulmona

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 […]

California Design, 1930 – 1965: Living in a Modern Way

Posted: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Writing


Dean’s California  — wild, sweaty, important, the land of lonely and exiled and eccentric lovers come to forgather like birds, and the land where everybody somehow looked like broken-down, handsome, decadent movie actors. — Jack Kerouac   I went to California last Wednesday, in something of a time warp. A delightful time warp spanning the […]

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 […]

Pennsylvania Station: Lost and Found

Posted: Friday, January 3, 2014 | Category: Travel Writing


Ed. note: Shortly after moving to Virginia, I discovered the Tinker Mountain Writer’s Workshop at Hollins University down near Roanoke. I applied for a spot in the Creative Non-Fiction genre and got in. Here’s a piece that I workshopped there and that has always had special meaning for me as a New Yorker. Hope you […]

Mohonk (and More) on the Hudson

Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Tips, Travel Writing


I have an unusual relationship with the Hudson River Valley. As an adult living in New York City in the 1970s and ‘80s, the Hudson River formed the ever-present Western border of Manhattan. But even as a child living in the outskirts of New York City, the Hudson was still a presence. When life handed […]

From Sin City, UT to Unspeakable Danger

Posted: Thursday, September 26, 2013 | Category: Travel Writing


Beneath Yellowstone Park a monstrous plume of hot rock is causing the earth to heave and tremble. Past volcanoes have erupted with a thousand times the power of Mount St. Helens. The future is anybody’s guess. — When Yellowstone Explodes, National Geographic, August 2009 It’s two days before we leave for an adventure trip to […]

Muggle in Paradise

Posted: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Tips, Travel Writing


Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, when one only remembers to turn on the light. — Professor Albus Dumbledore I am a muggle in love. Since the first Harry Potter book landed on our shores in 1999, I have been hopelessly in love with the world of Hogwarts and the boy […]

Return to Ravenna

Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2013 | Category: Travel Tips, Travel Writing


 Adieu! Adieu! yon silver lamp, the moon,     Which turns our midnight into perfect noon,     Doth surely light thy towers, guarding well     Where Dante sleeps, where Byron loved to dwell. —   Oscar Wilde, Ravenna   There are only a few places in Italy that Tim and I have gone back to. Major airport […]

Unraveling in Thread City

Posted: Monday, December 31, 2012 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Writing


It’s inevitable. You move to a new state and you’ve got a laundry list of things to do: change your address with the Post Office, contract for new utilities, make decisions about phone, TV and internet service, order or renew newspapers and magazines . . . and then the most dreaded task of all. The […]