Monthly Archives: October 2010

Wild Animals

Wild animals are one of the most interesting aspects of living in the Italian countryside. When we first arrived here 10 years ago, we were mostly alone up on this hill. Surrounded by nature, we saw and heard it all: … Continue reading

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Cheerleader Fingers

Midnight. Cheryl, Aaron, Dita and I were sitting around the kitchen table playing the final hand of Rummy, anticipating that Aaron would win . . . again. Knowing that the game was about over, the rest of us abandoned any … Continue reading

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Spare Change

While having a caffè, coffee before the show, we asked Massimo, the Odeon chief whether the concert was sold out. He said, “No! Ci sono molto sedie vuote, there are many empty seats.” Hmmm. He was right. Although we arrived … Continue reading

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Castle of Contradictions

Dublin Castle. Stunning. Impressive. Disorienting? On a sunny Thursday morning we entered through the enormous iron gates to the outer courtyard. The castle grounds were impressive with an eclectic mix of architectural styles. Apparent additions over the centuries resulted in … Continue reading

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Behind bars

Maintenance is a good thing, right? Of course it is! Without good maintenance, we wouldn’t have anything in our lives for very long—especially relationships. Taking good care of physical things in Italy is often something of a contradiction. Surprise, surprise! … Continue reading

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Magician in our Midst

Forty-one years ago we sat in a Miami University dorm room, where Emerson played and first sang a song for me called “Catch the Wind” by Donovan. Where were you? It’s fascinating to look back at significant events and influences … Continue reading

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Twins

“Know thyself” In case you have forgotten, that concise aphorism was inscribed in the forecourt of the Greek Temple of Apollo nearly 2700 years ago. Curiously enough, it recently found its way onto a plaque hanging over the Oracle’s door … Continue reading

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