Stefano and all that jazz

There’s Stefano the Sax Man, standing there and taking in some thanks. Stefano Menato is a friend and neighbor here on the lake. And quite the musician so when he said he’s playing outside our place we parked a coupla chairs and had a lovely listen. After we heard some blue grass and jazz IContinue reading “Stefano and all that jazz”

Today is little Easter in Italy; Pasquetta. A time for thanks

I for one will make an attempt to be thankful all day long, for happy moments from the past and for the happy moments I will try and make today. And celebrate greatly. I will not listen to the news and read about people cheering on war from their armchairs eating popcorn. I will writeContinue reading “Today is little Easter in Italy; Pasquetta. A time for thanks”

Because it’s Venice, she makes that last gasp hurt

Last year I drove, this year I took a train; Venice is located just 2 hrs from Riva del Garda. I stay overnite so it goes by quickly but worth every hour I walk. I am at my leisure and have no destination, taking this time seriously because every minute feels especially precious. And becauseContinue reading “Because it’s Venice, she makes that last gasp hurt”

The Odyssey: From the moment I met Malta we both knew it wasn’t going to work out

Some moves were romantic, others, pragmatic. Rome never asked for my love because there was no need and Paris was a dream come true. Those were serious love affairs. But when we sailed to Malta and met, after one long look, we both knew this relationship was doomed. To ride on such a high IContinue reading “The Odyssey: From the moment I met Malta we both knew it wasn’t going to work out”

Why am I not surprised – Piemonte has vending machines with fresh salad and the finest beef – so typical

Vending machines like this one aren’t so common but vending machines selling milk, very. I remember seeing them in Switzerland about a decade ago and of course, France – in Italy, everywhere. Allowing the farmer to cut out the middle brokers, allowing ‘cow to consumer’ – in this, they are not unique. And it makesContinue reading “Why am I not surprised – Piemonte has vending machines with fresh salad and the finest beef – so typical”

No. 31: The Herbal Magic and Healing Powers of Anna Fila Robattino

Anna Fila Robattino truly has a gift, there’s nothing quite like her popular herbal hikes in Piemonte. As we gather our herbs we learn their botanical names, their common names, how to make hot tisana, or cool drinks for summer, how to cook with herbs or eat them raw, how they can help with respiratoryContinue reading “No. 31: The Herbal Magic and Healing Powers of Anna Fila Robattino”

No 23: Time and Struggle and Hoping an Engineer like Jacob Glanville can find a Cure

From engineers like Jacob Glanville to writers like Katherine May; dealing with the struggle and hoping for the cure to end Covid19

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