Monthly Archives: July 2011

The Smarty-Pants Challenge

There’s nothing quite like a smarty-pants e-mail. What I mean by that is: when somebody sends you a message that seems innocent enough at a glance, but beyond the surface niceties, there’s an underlying smarty-pants attitude that can’t be denied. … Continue reading

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Patron Saint Who?

Wednesday July 6th was the Feast Day in Fiesole where everyone celebrated Saint Romulus—the patron saint of that beautiful Italian hill town. Here’s how that day went down from my perspective: It was early Wednesday morning and I had just … Continue reading

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Surprised Spectators

“What do you know about Siena?” A question like that is pretty normal in Italy, when uttered by a visitor. “How far’s Rome?” “Could we go to Venice and back in a day?” Questions we’ve heard and answered typically end … Continue reading

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Lavender, Bees and Butterflies

It was some sort of modern day eco party that was pretty spectacular. Evidently thousands were invited unbeknownst to us. There was more than enough room for everyone to either sit down or flit around—their choice. Drinks were plentiful and … Continue reading

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