America’s far right like Meloni’s speech, but don’t think they hear what Italians do…

I’m not Italian but am married to one. Lived here for a long time, and our podcast takes deep dives into cultural realities. We love this stuff and this video got my attention on twitter – posted by a lot of far right Americans. And due to cultural realities, I don’t think they heard whatContinue reading “America’s far right like Meloni’s speech, but don’t think they hear what Italians do…”

Vendemmia va bene

Despite the worst drought in 70 years the wine harvest of 2022 appears to offer alright news. I don’t how the Italians manage to do it. Through chaos even nature agrees with them. Stats: The ranking of the Italian regions also remains stable. With 11.5 million hectolitres (-3 per cent compared to 2021), Veneto continuesContinue reading “Vendemmia va bene”

Von der Leyen, the Wunderfrau, she’s great on the German talk show circuit but this is precisely why they don’t even leave her a seat at major events

I haven’t heard anyone say they like her, even the Germans know she’s setting everyone’s back teeth on edge. How she snatched that position, we may never know. But this cannot be a good look.

My loveseat sure gets around

Can’t even recall where I found her. Salesguy said she was a virgin. Perhaps we met in Rome and since then she’s had so many homes. I should give her a name. Dovima. Dovima does get around. She hung out with Marilyn and Garibaldi in Paris – and Colette and Godot and Gigi and GastonContinue reading “My loveseat sure gets around”

Remember to paint and you’ll feel great

I’ve waited 20 yrs to paint this apartment. It was our first home in Europe and now it’s our little escape place on the lake. It’s tiny so I put lots of tiny pictures of Diaghilev and Modigliani and Schiele on the walls. When waiting in line to see Klimt and Schiele in Vienna youContinue reading “Remember to paint and you’ll feel great”

All my walls

From Seattle to Rome to Paris, we moved our stuff and I stuck ’em on the walls. Found objects found all over again, making each new space feel like home. ….to Prague to Amsterdam and Bucharest. We rented boxes, and I filled them with personal treasures. As renters, I could only cover the walls withContinue reading “All my walls”

‘Waiting for Godot’ effect on German prisoners was electric and how Beckett regrets waiting

Samuel Beckett had a long association with prisoners but regrets not responding to those who reached out early on. Later on, an American prisoner would become Beckett’s protege, but initially, the German prisoners got the meaning behind Samuel Beckett’s most famous play “Man wartet auf Godot” And they desperately wanted to talk with him. OneContinue reading “‘Waiting for Godot’ effect on German prisoners was electric and how Beckett regrets waiting”

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