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All Things Italy November 2022 Where is Home?

Rome's cimitero acattolico, or non-catholic cemetery With the fall of leaves, the slant of the sun, holidays like All Saints Day, and other holidays ahead,...

All Things Italy October 2022

Early October light on the details of an eighteenth-century monastery in southern Italy Dear Friends:  First, a hearty hello to new subscribers! I hope you...

All Things Italy September 2022 

Vico Equense, on the Sorrento Peninsula south of Naples, with Mount Vesuvius in the distance Dear friends:  Last month I promised info about the Bay...

All Things Italy July/August 2022 Fa Caldo . . . Fa Caldissimo!

Italian Alps near Courmayer, just south of Monte Bianco Dear friends: I’m writing this letter from home, back in the USA, sitting at a desk...

All Things Italy June 2022 Words from a Solo Traveler

Hello, friends, and greetings from Genova Nervi.  It’s been a month that I’ve been away from home and on the ground in Italy.  Approaching four...

All Things Italy May 2022 May’s End Means a Return to Rome

Ponte Sisto over the Tiber Hello, friends, and greetings from Rome!  Late May means, as many of you know, I submitted students’ grades and headed...

All Things Italy April 2022 April is the Cruelest Month? 

Whew! What a month it’s been! This bouquet of flowers captures one of April’s surprising bright spots, which have punctuated periods of stress. T. S....

All Things Italy March 2022

Visions of gardens like this one in Fiesole entice many to travel to Tuscany and elsewhere in Italy Dear Friends:  I’ve finally done it. I’ve...

Good News about Engaging Italy! Hey, friends. Happy Friday! Surely as we head into Super Bowl and Valentine's Day weekend you can find a reason...

Writing Places & Bagni di Lucca, Italy

Bagni di Lucca, Italy, on the Lima River in Tuscany (Photo Credit: By Keith Ruffles, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=53034692) Six years ago this week, I...
Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House, Cambridgeport, Massachusetts. Fuller lived her during her early years.

Margaret Fuller: Writing and Social Activism in Massachusetts and Italy

Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House, Cambridgeport, Massachusetts. Fuller lived here during her early years. Fireflies, Fourth of July, fireworks, family reunions--the month has flown by--with lots of U.S. memories-in-the-making for me....
Tilar J. Mazzeo's bestselling story of Irena Sendler's work with Polish children in Warsaw's ghetto during Hitler's regime

Mothers Without Borders: A Tribute to Surrogacy

Today I’m thinking of all those who “mother” -- beyond those who have born biological children. Think Mother Teresa, for example, or Mother Ann Lee,...