The 2015 Sweet Sulmona Tour: See what you’re missing?

Posted: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Tips, Uncategorized


History, food, architecture, more food and cooking in the green heart of Europe September 25 – October 4, 2015 It’s too late to join me on this small group adventure under the glorious skies of one of Italy’s most beautiful regions. But we’ll be going again in 2016. Hope you can come! Meanwhile, here’s what this […]

Tags: Abruzzo, Sulmona, travel

Calling All Book Clubs!

Posted: Friday, July 24, 2015 | Category: Uncategorized


Just a reminder that I’m available to come to your book club or community group (especially Italian-oriented groups) to talk about my book and/or my experiences as a traveler and travel planner in Italy. Here’s the scoop:   Readings & Presentations I’d love to come to your book group or other organization to discuss and read […]

Tags: Italy, speaker, travel

Campo 78 + Unbroken + A Box of Old Photos

Posted: Tuesday, July 14, 2015 | Category: Reflections, Uncategorized


I tried to be the perfect daughter, but my Daddy died anyway. — LDJ   That is a sentence that I have written before, but which has gone no place. I even tried it once in poetry: To my Father in Fiji, 1942   In this picture you are twenty The smallest in your unit […]

Tags: Fiji, Navy, WW II

Defying Gravity: Calder at the #PEM

Posted: Saturday, September 13, 2014 | Category: Uncategorized


I wish I had thought of that. — Albert Einstein, upon viewing the synthesis of science and poetry, pattern and balance, chance and humor in Calder’s work in 1943     When I lived in New York City in the ‘80s, I often walked up to the Whitney Museum at Madison and 75th just to […]

Asking for it

Posted: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 | Category: Uncategorized


You can’t ask for what you want unless you know what it is. . . first, you have to figure out what you want. Second, you have to decide that you deserve it. Third, you have to believe you can get it. And, fourth, you have to have the guts to ask for it. — […]

Next Year in Paradise

Posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 | Category: Uncategorized


For all sad words of tongue or pen/The saddest are these, “It might have been!” — John Greenleaf Whittier Alas . . . not enough writers or Italophiles signed up for the Verona Word/Play extravaganza planned for this coming May and, as yesterday was the registration deadline, I am forced to cancel it. But you […]