Category Archives: Writing

Walking in Italy – Streets, Staircases and Hills

Most of Italy is  mountainous or hilly at the very least, so plan on walking a lot when traveling to Bella Italia. On average, I walk a minimum of five miles a day and many times it’s closer to eight … Continue reading

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Mammoni and Mammismo – An Italian Lifestyle

Six years ago I wrote a post titled Mammoni – Mamma’s Boys in Italy and today it ranks as my most popular post.  Mammoni, a term applied to single Italian men who live at home with their mothers sometimes into their … Continue reading

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The Gift of Positano

If you told me I could click my heels three times and I’d be in Positano, I wouldn’t have to think about it. My answer would be “Yes, please, right now.”  Since I don’t live in a fantasy land and … Continue reading

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The Next Step in the Writing Process

Many of you know that I’ve been working on my first novel, and now I’ve reached the next step in the writing process. For the past few weeks, my manuscript has been in the capable hands of my editor, Susan … Continue reading

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The Faraglioni Rocks of Capri

Emerging out of the depths of the Tyrrhenian Sea are mammoth rock formations. I experience a magical moment when I first see the towering “sea stacks” located at the southern end of the island of Capri. They cause me to … Continue reading

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Sailing in Sicily Around Taormina

Who hasn’t dreamed of sailing around Sicily? A few months ago, at the end of my Sicilian road trip with Victoria De Maio as #2SicilianGals,  I had the opportunity to enjoy the scenic coast of  Taormina from the Ionian Sea … Continue reading

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What Have I Learned From the Italian People

Every time I visit Italy I learn something new from the Italian people.  Certain aspects of  life in Italy  have made an indelible mark in my mind, changing my perspective on life in many ways. Maybe more than anything else, … Continue reading

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Life on the Amalfi Coast of Italy

Daily life on the Amalfi Coast can be challenging, but this robust Italian smiles as he easily climbs more than three hundred steps to and from work every day. Seventy-three years young, Crescenzo is the caretaker of an abandoned castle … Continue reading

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Happy New Year 2017 – Some Thoughts

As I look back on 2016, I feel blessed and thankful for so many reasons. First, and most important, I am thankful to have my health, as I realize that others battle with physical and mental health challenges daily. I … Continue reading

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A Writer’s Dream and the Writing Process

Writers each each have their own preferences for writing.  Some write early in the morning, some write at night, and most of the good ones write every day. I have to have silence when I write and I like to … Continue reading

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