Christmas is coming. That’s for sure. Even as the evening light and the golden leaves that litter the roads still spell out autumn, every day since Thanksgiving has felt a little colder, a little brisker, as if Christmas heard that November was ending and swept in to make its grand entrance. Now there are twinklingContinue reading “Festive”


Things are changing here in Italy. Or at least it sure seems that way. Who knew that just a week away in America would bring me back to an Italy that had changed so much, or at least that the changes it had been making over the last few months would be so evident, settingContinue reading “Changing”

The Second Dose

Yesterday was mom’s birthday — she would have been 72 years old. And a month ago, after my first dose, I found out at that my second dose would be the same day — August 5th. When I told dad about it he reminded me: that’s her birthday, you know. I did know. It actuallyContinue reading “The Second Dose”

Sunday at the Beach

The beach was an afterthought this weekend as the forecast called for rain, and we were exhausted. I was so tired and ready to have a day of nothing at all. I felt like work was getting the best of me, and all of our busy weekends were beginning to take their toll, one afterContinue reading “Sunday at the Beach”


On Saturday we decided to try our luck and head to Sassoferrato, out in the hills of Le Marche. We had tried to go there back in mid February, right in between one orange zone and another — a brief sliver of yellow zone back when yellow zones were whispered like hallelujahs (and just aboutContinue reading “Sassoferrato”

A Short Week

This week has been a short week. We were blessed with a little interruption of an Italian holiday halfway through. I’d been waiting for it ever since the course started on the 3rd of May, and thinking: somehow June will be better than this. June 2nd is a holiday here — the Feast of theContinue reading “A Short Week”

A Little Sunshine

We’ve been calling her Cardamom. We started a few days ago, and it’s not like she actually responds to that (do kittens ever respond when you call them?), but it’s what we say when we see her, when she arrives at the balcony door, just to drop by with her dose of sunshine and furriness.Continue reading “A Little Sunshine”

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