Archive | November, 2016

Post Thanksgiving: Leftovers and Gratitude

Post Thanksgiving: Leftovers and Gratitude

As we swap out orange and brown for red and green, pilgrims for santas and pumpkins for poinsettias, I’m realizing that I’m not quite done with Thanksgiving. It went by so fast that I hardly got to spend enough time with my favorite holiday this year. I didn’t really do much cooking (mom hasn’t quite relinquished […]

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Going Coastal: Part IV of our Italian Vacation

Going Coastal: Part IV of our Italian Vacation

As my cousin Francesca drives the winding path along the coast, the narrow road ahead  looks as though it must be one way. There is a cliff on one side of us and a steep drop to the sea below on the other side. Surely there is no room for oncoming traffic in such tight quarters. […]

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Montenero di Bisaccia: Part III of our Italian Vacation

Montenero di Bisaccia: Part III of our Italian Vacation

The GPS directs us east in perfect Italian as we travel through tiny villages scattered among the hills, until we reach the piazza of a small mountain town that no one has ever heard of.  Suddenly our Italian driving companion is out of answers.  She has no more round-abouts to direct us through.  The map ends […]

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Food, Flavio and Florence: Part II of our Italian Vacation

Food, Flavio and Florence: Part II of our Italian Vacation

An alarm sounds before the sun is awake, before the bells of the nearby church begin their morning song and certainly before I am aware of what day it is or where I am. Like waking up on Christmas morning, the details suddenly become clear and coax me out of bed. We have an adventure ahead […]

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Roman Holiday: Part I of our Italian Vacation

Roman Holiday: Part I of our Italian Vacation

I’ve been to Italy several times over the years to visit my family, but my favorite trip has always been the first one when I was just 9 years old. It seems odd that my adult visits to Italy would always pale in comparison to that one special, childhood trip, but this has always been […]

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