Meloni’s first budget is called courageous and I can see why…
Not sure who takes credit for the quote but each agree it’s true. And it was probably Johann Wolfgang Goethe’s “Italian Journey” that secured a long lasting relationship. Photo above was taken from Torbole and here’s Goethe’s first impression from the same place, on September 1786. From the shifting winds to the lemon groves toContinue reading ““Italians respect Germans but don’t love them – Germans love the Italians but don’t respect them””
Today the ancient patron fair of Sant’Andrea in Riva del Garda. Stalls everywhere, locals sharing their specialties, Italians eating gelato in the cold, talking talking talking as if it’s another day in late May. Like most towns in this culturally catholic land, there are several churches, but only one patron saint. I appreciate the saintContinue reading “Today the ancient patron fair of Sant’Andrea in Riva del Garda”
Fotos: Winter 2020
Of all the places we called home Rome is forever my favorite city to visit. If Italy has acted like a balm, and it always has; this city relaxes the mind like no other. For 3 years we called it home and of all the homes we had I miss Rome the most.
and just as fun from Italy.
Two separate celebrations in Seattle. On this day, twenty two years ago we were married by Judge Richard Jones, brother of Quincy Jones; equally extraordinary brothers. Had to wait to celebrate – my brother Blair was ill and would die from a brain tumour. Blair was far too young and life is so unfair. AndContinue reading “Looking back there was so much drama; why not make our own!”
She’s been all over twitter for the past few days. However you feel about Meloni, geographically – Italy’s at a disadvantage, the human traffickers make it more difficult, and immigration have become a major issue. A weight upon the State. When I lived in Paris for 3 yrs the issues were different, they didn’t assimilateContinue reading “flame-thrower or truth-teller – it must be Giorgia Meloni”
Neither for penance nor a blessing, just a lovely pilgrimage in one day.
oh to shop at Eataly
Everyone’s a writer. Some are working on long prose or pithy posts…and I know a few of you are working on your first book – so happy #NaNoWriMo. Maybe you’ll make that goal of 50,000 words or maybe focus on fewer and making those few sing. So happy staring at the screen, the wall, wherever, andContinue reading “Hey writers – happy #NaNoWriMo – it’s national novel writing month”
personally, a key to my own contentment. and it does take courage.
Cities are personalities too. They magnify the spirit as often as people do.
Foto: Lake Garda, 2020 From The Marginalian: “Expect anything worthwhile to take a long time.” This is borrowed from the wise and wonderful Debbie Millman, for it’s hard to better capture something so fundamental yet so impatiently overlooked in our culture of immediacy. The myth of the overnight success is just that — a myth — as wellContinue reading “Learning the art of patience. Anything worthwhile takes an awful long time.”
Maya Angelou famously advised.
Everyday, when possible.
From The Marginalian Be generous. Be generous with your time and your resources and with giving credit and, especially, with your words. It’s so much easier to be a critic than a celebrator. Always remember there is a human being on the other end of every exchange and behind every cultural artifact being critiqued. ToContinue reading “Learning…to be generous, with your time, resources and words.”
A key to contentment
Foto from Prague in 2012 Language is fluid and learning is too… From the Marginalian: Allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of changing your mind. Cultivate that capacity for “negative capability.” We live in a culture where one of the greatest social disgraces is not having an opinion, so we often form our “opinions” based on superficial impressionsContinue reading “Learning…the uncomfortable luxury of changing you mind.”
Significant layoffs are announced by Amazon and Facebook and Elon Musk fired half of Twitter just because he’s Elon Musk. Chaos is often a choice but even Trump has worn out a bit of stubbornly loyal base. More importantly, Bitcoin is on its way down. How do we know? Because all the big whales haveContinue reading “having lived through a tech boom you know when it’s over”
Never been to Estonia but my guy goes once a year. To a town called Tallinn; small, very buzzy, full of young people, most online place in Europe, kinda like our version of Silicon Valley. Interesting how this town came along, 20 yrs ago, not much going on, bordering the Baltic Sea and Finland, formerlyContinue reading “Tallinn, Estonia; shows what youth and political will can do”
Like any writer, I stare at the screen, often at the wall, and will it to happen. Or just write and let the stream of consciousness flow. Apparently the goal for writers, officially called NaNoWriMo, is to write a 50,000 word manuscript. I’m afraid I’m going to have to focus on fewer words but IContinue reading “National Novel Writing Month; not necessarily photogenic or sexy but ideal for the imagination”
They say Piemonte is a magical place. I lived there, so it’s easy to believe. A great state of mind where time remains on their side. Where you’ll find hundreds upon hundreds of herbs and thousands of flowers and magic is strewn throughout their magical land. This film is a one off, an original. It’sContinue reading “The Truffle Hunters; a truly original movie about hunting truffles”
Loazzolo, Piemonte, Italia
This was on my mind, among many other things, while wandering around and meditating on the dead on All Souls’ Day in Venice last week. There was so much color. Italians still go and visit cemeteries on this day, imbued with the spirit of their ancestors. They appear lighter on this day, or so itContinue reading “It’s often not what you do but how you make people feel”
Orson Welles used this extraordinary staircase in his 1952 adaption of Shakespeare’s Othello, it’s prominently featured in the film and you can see why. I’d never even heard of it until someone mentioned it to me prior to my last visit to Venice. Highly recommend because it’s gorgeous to look at, lovely to climb andContinue reading “Orson Welles and Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo”
I took the photo on the left last night; took the one on the right during covid in 2020
Stunning drive through Transylvania, from Prague to Bucharest, think we took this drive back in 2012. Wonderful way to see the world on Halloween. Gorgeous castles, livestock along the way, the Danube river showed up every now and then although I cannot recall how many countries she flows through here in Europe. While still drivingContinue reading “Time to take a drive through Transylvania to see Vlad”
I loved living in Prague. She unlocked the imagination, time opened up; she became a threshold. I knew my book could and would be – I loved living in Prague. We were living in Amsterdam and apparently it was time to move to Prague. My guy had started a company in the oil industry basedContinue reading “Cemetery Season continues with Vyšehrad in Bohemia”
Hey, if you’re late to my party I’m celebrating cemetery season. Transylvania and Vlad are coming up – – along w/All Saints’ Day – a major holiday here in Europe, followed by All Souls on Nov 2nd. Until then it’s time for Salzburg for I know it well and love the place to pieces: theContinue reading “Cemetery season continues with St. Peter’s in Salzburg – for all you Sound of Music fans.”
Samuel Beckett had a long association with prisoners because of the nature of this play. Later on, an American prisoner would become Beckett’s protege – however, before the English speaking world could see and struggle with the play, a German prisoner got the meaning behind “Man wartet auf Godot” back in ’53 . The storyContinue reading “‘Waiting for Godot’ effect on German prisoners was electric – and how Beckett regrets waiting”
Necropolis literally means city of the dead. And there’s nothing like this open air museum, this cemetery called Steglieno, in a city like no other. Mark Twain said, “We will remember this after we’ve forgotten all the palaces” Atmospheric and dramatic, you could spend days dancing with the dead. All that old money spent onContinue reading “Mark Twain on Steglieno Cemetery: We will remember this after we’ve forgotten all the palaces”
Working on my next book ‘Personal Legends of Piemonte’ – publication date this winter. Transcribing a major project for someone else; deadline EOM. When I will leave for my annual trip to La Serenissima for All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day. Venice awaits. In the meantime I will post fotos and videos of some ofContinue reading “To La Serenissima for All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day”
RE-post from 28 October 2021….as it’s cemetery season. I went to Venice last year and hope to be back next month; if I’m lucky. It was lovely and it felt like I was the only one there; the entire scene was hallowed out and therefore uniquely serene. Sergei Digahilev’s grave is a destination and locatedContinue reading “Death in Venice; Isola di San Michele”
When they asked Gustav Klimt to paint an allegory for medicine he gave us “Hygieia” Women as caretakers, and defiant and powerful – behind her the vulnerable women, the pregnant women. The snake and bowl remain symbols of pharmacy to this day. Vienna is a treasure trove of Klimt and Schiele. I’ve combed the cityContinue reading “Art is the best medicine”
I’m in Vienna, tucked into the doorway where Orson once stood. “The Third Man” is important not just because of it’s technique but because of its theme: Just because blundering Americans rule the world does not mean they understand it, and the American cultural hegemony has transformed the global economy into the plot of aContinue reading “America may still rule the world; if only it would try and understand it”
like I used to with Colette and Godot
Driving through all her borders, this truly was a highlight of a nomadic life; informing and amplifying cultural realities, often illuminating why there’s so much solidarity in the European Union. It’s also awfully pretty. When we lived in Prague I used to drive to Vienna, only took about 3 and 1/2 hrs by car. WhereContinue reading “Spent about a decade driving across Europe’s borders and it sure was worth it”
10.10.1020 in Riva del Garda and red and her long shadows
Quote from Ralph Reed, former Executive Director of the Christian Coalition. Now we know why and how they’re winning key battles. They recently had both. A combination of hyper, local races, and a hyper conservative Supreme Court allows 20% of the population, the Evangelicals, to dictate Roe and their pro life stance. This is justContinue reading ““I’d rather have a 1,000 school board members than the President of the United States””