Engaging Italy

When Life Gives You Lemons . . . January 2024 All Things Italy

Potted lemon trees in Tuscany’s June sunshine. The trees had been inside a protective limonaia in January. Dear Friends:  As the winter’s first snow spits...

Summer Dog Days–Time for Streaming & Reading August 2023 All Things Italy 

Dear Friends:  Since returning from Italy last month, I’ve hunkered down in Missouri. On a neighborhood walk this week, I saw some local grapes fattening...

All Things Italy March 2023 Is the Jet Lag Worth It?

Sunrise over the sea at Siracusa, Sicily, March 1. Rising at this hour, around 7, and to this beauty, is more feasible for me than...

All Things Italy February 2023

Time Warp and Culture Waves  Not far from Rome's colosseum, a skateboard park constructed for a 2022 competition bustles with activity on a winter Sunday...

All Things Italy January 2023

Something old, something new . . . The Rotunda under winter morning fog, University of Virginia Dear Friends,  “Something old, something new” rings of weddings...

All Things Italy December 2022 19th-C. Asks from Italy Pre-date Giving Tuesday

Dear Friends, This issue of All Things Italy pushes into the past as well as across the Atlantic as I consider end-of-year giving and its...

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,...