Our family took in Ukrainian refugees; at least we could do that

Yesterday morning we got a call from Oleg, a Ukrainian who worked with my guy a couple of years ago – Oleg is staying near Kiev but his family, now in Slovenia, was on the move. They were heading to Genoa and needed a place to stay. “Of course they can stay here but whereContinue reading “Our family took in Ukrainian refugees; at least we could do that”

Piemonte picked as top region to visit yet not so adept at selling its own charm.

In my next book you’ll read about a galaxy of talent found in this region located in northern Italy, nestled up against the Italian, French and Swiss Alps. Europeans are gratefully aware but further out; not so much. But we’re working on that… Whether it’s award winning wine, like Barolo, Barbaresco or Barbera, or RobiolaContinue reading “Piemonte picked as top region to visit yet not so adept at selling its own charm.”

Italian and German attitudes overlap when it comes to Grandma

Perhaps I’m open to the idea because I hear their accents overlapping here on Lake Garda throughout the summer. Germans are everywhere becuase it only takes them 4 or 5 hours to drive down from Munich. The moment they see their first palm tree, they decide this place is ideal for vacations. Germans love Italy,Continue reading “Italian and German attitudes overlap when it comes to Grandma”

Pool as a place for fantasy

At night, the lights are magical. Not quite as surreal as the fireflies, but close. During the day I do my laps, religiously, surrounded by the goddesses and Jesus and Buddha. Surrounded by the Sacred and the Profane. It’s not heated like the pools I grew up swimming in, on our block, in my youth.Continue reading “Pool as a place for fantasy”

The Adventures of Gigi and Gaston and what fresh hell was that!

Once upon a time, after a nomadic lifestyle, I found a place to settle down. It was a magical place called Piemonte. Colette and Godot had enjoyed our paripatetic adventure for 16 years and I just had to bring another generation of papillons to come play and complete our new arcadia. As an American IContinue reading “The Adventures of Gigi and Gaston and what fresh hell was that!”

Yellow means we can travel across regions

So Piemonte to Trentino I go and 4 hours later, another world, with water, which always feels emotional. Lake Garda’s a second home, but it was my first home in Europe, some 20 years ago, and it always acts like a blam, a gentle reprieve. Flat it tiny, on the lake, love it and itContinue reading “Yellow means we can travel across regions”

What the hell and who in heaven’s name is QAnon; this vid and these experts, including Gary Lachman, do help explain away.

Rebel Wisdom, on youtube, explains QAnon like this, and I can only paraphrase. “It’s an all encompassing conspiracy theory, the kind that explains everything. It’s like a religious, no, scratch that, it’s a deeply religious mindset, it’s an ecstatic religious movement. QAnon must be trusted, apparently, and, it’s perfectly designed to give its followers aContinue reading “What the hell and who in heaven’s name is QAnon; this vid and these experts, including Gary Lachman, do help explain away.”

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