Monthly Archives: June 2013

empty nest

My kids are at the seaside with their dad for much of June and I have been on my own at home. They have never been away from me for this long, but it’s not so bad. They are having … Continue reading

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24 hours in venice

It was a whirlwind trip, and our little group of travel companions was incomplete, but we all have children and interests and most of us have jobs, making it difficult to plan these little jaunts so that everyone can come. … Continue reading

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The linden trees and honeysuckle are in full bloom; their fragrance is inebriating. You step outside, walk down the street, and the air is thick and sweet. I rode my bike home one evening late, under the wisp of a … Continue reading

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not a ragazza anymore

It seems to be the general consensus among the people I know that when someone calls you “Signora” this is not good because it implies you have reached a certain age: you have grown up. As much as I enjoy … Continue reading

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some wishes do come true

All my life I have had very fine, straight, limpless hair and wished for curls, but without really dwelling on it, sort of in a wouldn’t-it-be-nice-if… kind of way. Once, in the eighties, my aunt gave me a perm and … Continue reading

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