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Lesson Number 1:

 Le presento Nonna~ The New Year has started and we are all in a deep freeze. It is time to warm up with a little video of Nonna. To bring everyone up to speed: Nonna is the grandmother of the family that I lived with in Viterbo, Italy, in 2005 through a university program in Siena (http://www.dantealighieri.com/italian_language_school_viterbo.html). She is the …

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2010 starts with a BANG!

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The house gets published~ 2010 promises to be an exciting year and it has already started off with a big bang. Our house has been published in the 2010 February “Makeovers” issue of House Beautiful magazine on news stands now. Yes, House Beautiful has already sent the February issue to its subscribers and some of our friends have already found …

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Romeo. Romeo. Wherefore art thou, Romeo?

See and download the full gallery on posterous Day 5: Verona~ Having worked at a theatre specializing in Shakespeare for over 20 years, it is no surprise that the first thing that comes to my mind when hearing “Verona” is the tragic tale of Romeo and Juliet. I know—predictable. Luckily, it was one of the last things we concerned ourselves …

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Tantissimi auguri di Buon Natale e felice Anno Nuovo~

 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Last week I ran into a friend from Mississippi and asked him how he was doing. In true Southern form he replied, “Blessed and encouraged.” I laughed because only in the South would you hear that response. Surprisingly, “blessed and encouraged” has been running around in my Yankee head ever since. It is such …

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‘Tis the Season…

See and download the full gallery on posterous The last tree~ Since my return from our Italian vacation at the beginning of November, I have been working for friends at their quite popular flower shop in Birmingham, Alabama (http://www.flowerbudsinc.com/).  We have been decorating houses for Christmas—the first house was on November 15 and today was the last house. There is …

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La Parola del Giorno–The Word of the Day–via France, Venice, and Oxford

Cazzo~ In high school I studied French—well, it would be closer to the truth to say that I sat in a class for three years where the teacher and two other students spoke French, while the rest of us were just thankful to not have to take Spanish from the hateful Seńora. Regardless of one’s age, when learning a new …

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The long and winding road~

The book’s the thing… It is cold and rainy here today and I just received my very first rejection from a literary agent—how cliché is that? I am not too concerned about it because it was in response to a “cold call” e-mail query. It was to an agent listed in one of the many “Agents, Publisher, Editors” books I …

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Tutti a tavola~

Gobble, gobble, gobble… Thanksgiving is upon us and there is nothing Italian about this very American holiday—well, except that it is a time when families gather together to eat a single meal. In that sense, Thanksgiving is very Italian. Tacchino (pronounced “tahk-keen-oh”) is the Italian word for turkey and, surprisingly, Italians eat a lot of turkey. I always think of …

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Day 2–Roma

See and download the full gallery on posterous Beyond words… There are times when words alone cannot explain or paint a complete enough description of an object. That is how I feel about the carved AD 2ndStupefacente! The National Museum of Rome (http://www.reidsguides.com/destinations/europe/italy/lazio/rome/sights/mnr_palazzo_massimo.html ) houses a collection of statuary (marble and bronze), frescoes, and mosaics that is not to be …

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Back in the saddle again…

See and download the full gallery on posterous Ah, Roma~ I returned late—very late—Sunday night from Rome, Italy, and there is so much to talk about. This was my seventh visit to Roma and every time I go I am reminded of my first trip there in Sept of 2001 with Richard and our mothers. Roma was our final destination …

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