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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Italia in 2018! Who’s in?

Posted: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 | Category: Travel Tips, Travel Writing

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I spent a college semester in a small town in Italy — and that is where I truly tasted food for the first time. — Alton Brown   Just a quick blast so you can start planning your 2018 Italian adventure with Travel the Write Way! We are planning two tours next year — as […]

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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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Discover Italy with Lonely Planet’s New Guide

Posted: Thursday, August 18, 2016 | Category: Travel Tips, Travel Writing

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If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there — George Harrison   There are a lot of guide books out there, but I have always liked what Lonely Planet guides have to offer. The company was launched 40+ years ago by two crazy kids who got married and, for their […]

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