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An American woman living, working and parenting in southern Italy. Books, teaching, clothes, shoes, friends, fitness, food, music, is my passion.

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  • 10 Things Women
    on Mar 12, 2012 in women music Listicles
    So, we'll just slide over the whole discussion of why I haven't posted since August and act as if it's not at all strange for me to be suddenly writing a blog post today. And what better way for me to ease back into my comfy blogging slippers than wi...
  • Yin-Yang YouIt's Monday Listicles day again and this time it's a doozy. Kim from Zook Book Nook chose YinYang as this week's list topic. Do you know what YinYang is? Let me quote Wikipedia: "In Asian philosophy, the concept of yin yang (...
  • The Land of Giants
    on Aug 20, 2011 in fun family children
    My husband and I took my younger son, G, to the local amusement park this week. We would have taken my older son, too, but at age 14 he is way too cool to be caught dead outside of the house with his parents. So just the three of us headed out to Mir...
  • Joe Valeriano
    on Aug 19, 2011 in Italian culture music friends family
    My husband and I had a date night!Wow!That's really a big deal around here. More so than it would be in the States. I can't speak for all of Italy, but in our town, babysitters do not want to work in the evening. They want to go out and have fun them...
  • Born to Be Wild
    on Aug 18, 2011 in vacation friends family puglia travel
    After the Men at Play road trip with my younger son, it was only fair that my husband head out on the highway with my older son for their own unique motorcycle adventure. Accompanied by my son's friend and his father they left the sea behind and head...
  • 10 Things I Miss About the USA
    on Aug 16, 2011 in USA Italy Italian life Listicles
    Hate to be a day late and a dollar short, but here it is TUESDAY already and I'm just adding my list to the Monday Listicles fest over at The Good Life. Yesterday was a national holiday here in Italy, so I was on vacation, man! Oh well, better late t...
  • 24/7
    on Aug 9, 2011 in diet Shawna Kaminski exercise fitness
    Some of you may remember that last month I was following the 21 Day Rapid Fat Loss fitness program. Well, when I finished those three weeks, not only did I realise I had gotten great results, I also realised that I was hooked. The exercising/clean ea...
  • My 10 Favorite Italian Foods
    on Aug 8, 2011 in puglia list Listicles food
    It's Monday Listicles time again and this week, Stasha over at The Good Life wants to know about 10 foods. Foods we like, foods we don't like, foods that make us happy . . . or not. Anything about food is fair game.I thought I'd write about 10 Italia...
  • Puglian Pleasures
    on Aug 5, 2011 in Italy puglia puglia travel
    Here's a roundup of recent articles I have written about the beautiful Puglia region. To read the full articles, click on the links below, or go directly to Charming Italy.Discover a couple of fascinating summer festivals off the beaten track in ...
  • Mediterraneo: Way of Life
    on Aug 3, 2011 in art family Gaetano Grillo
    My brother-in-law, Gaetano Grillo, is a painter and a sculptor. He is also a professor at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan.His work focuses on what he calls Mediterraneanism, or the essence of being Mediterranean. That includes not only t...
  • LOL 10 Times
    on Aug 1, 2011 in 10 meme fun Listicles
    It's Monday Listicles time again! I have to say this weekly appointment with Stasha's lists over at The Good Life is becoming addictive. I can hardly wait to see what the topic will be each week.This week anyone who wants to play this game should sha...
  • The Panini Sandwich
    on Jul 28, 2011 in family Italian food comfort food food
    "Panini," in Italian, means "sandwiches." Plural form. More than one. Imagine how tickled I was when my mother told me she had seen menus in the US offering a: "Panini Sandwich"! A sandwiches sandwich? My favorite kind!My husband bough...
  • Pompeii Red
    on Jul 26, 2011 in housework color Pompeii Red marriage home
    Sitting at the breakfast table the other morning, my husband out of the blue said, "I want to paint the wall over the fireplace."Oh, no, here we go again, I sighed . . . only to myself, I wouldn't want to offend the guy. It's just that every so often...
  • 10 Italian Greens
    on Jul 25, 2011 in Italian culture list
    This week's Listicle list over at The Good Life asks those who want to play this game to list 10 green things. To add an Italian twist to things I decided to list 10 things that may not be green, but that make reference to the color green . . .
  • After the Rain
    on Jul 24, 2011 in Adriatic Sea beach family
    Yesterday it rained and rained all day. It was actually a nice chance to cool down. A break from days on end of suffocating heat and blazing sun.In the late afternoon the sun suddenly came out.The perfect time to go for a swim in the sea. A...
  • 'Tis the SeasonI have to share a secret with you . . . shhh, don't tell anyone, it's actually quite embarrassing . . . but when I first arrived in Italy, I had no idea that vegetables had a season. I know, pretty pitiful. And, I was an adult when I moved here. Like...
  • Men at Play, 2Day Two of my husband and younger son's road trip started bright and early, after a violently windy night during which they didn't get much sleep for fear that the tent was going to blow away - with them in it!Is it safe to come out now?But things st...
  • Men at PlayMy husband and younger son just got back from a two-day father and son adventure. They took off yesterday morning on the motorcycle for a trip to the Gargano peninsula - the spur on the heel of the Italian boot.Ready to roll!First stop was in the sma...
  • 10 Words I Could Live Without
    on Jul 18, 2011 in language
    Words are my thing. I teach writing and I translate, so basically my brain is always working in, around, with, over, under and through the world of words. I spend my day thinking about gripping issues, such as: how could I say that better? differentl...
  • Please don't Sneeze
    on Jul 17, 2011 in allergies family
    The fuzzy sneezy familyThis week I had the honor of being interviewed on Samantha B: Living Allergy Free, a blog for and about people who live with various allergies. In the interview I talk about both my own allergies and those of my younger son, an...