All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Nonna’

I’m ready for my close up~

Nonna at her finest~ Here is the last of the three videos I filmed with the Stefani family in Viterbo. I think this one really shows her spirit. She makes me laugh—a lot. The month I lived with them in 2005 was filled with laughter. The entire family is very humorous and they all know how to tell a good …

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Lesson Number 2~

Nonna cooks Pollo con Limone~ Recently, I received an e-mail from Alessandra filling me in on all the happenings back in Viterbo. I mailed the Feb House Beautiful with the article on our house ( to them back in early January and, when I hadn’t heard from them, I sent an e-mail making sure that they had received the magazine. …

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La Parola del Giorno~ The Word of the Day~

STUPEFACENTE~ This is one of my favorite Italian words, if only for the fact that it is one of the few words I know to express astonishment. The word is pronounced “stoop-ay-fah-CHEN-tay” and you can no doubt see that it is similar to the English word “stupefying,” so you already know how to translate it. Lately, “stupefacente” has been swimming …

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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 ( She is the …

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