Old and Abandoned: On Homes Forgotten

As we travel about the countryside, old abandoned houses like this are a sight we often see. And they never fail to fill my heart with sadness. A sort of longing for what must have been. I picture cozy families gathered around the hearth, children playing in the garden. And entire families gathering produce fromContinue reading “Old and Abandoned: On Homes Forgotten”

The New Normal?

Things have been, and still are, pretty rough here in Italy through this coronavirus time. And not just because we’ve had such a high rate of cases and deaths. But because in addition to the usual restrictions, like social distancing, masks, gloves, diminished freedom, company closures, and loss of jobs (like my husband’s) – ourContinue reading “The New Normal?”

Lockdown Isolation: Challenges and Blessings

Italy’s streets and piazzas are usually full of people, even in the evenings. But with the lockdown all that has changed. A ghostly calm and quiet has settled on the strangely unpeopled streets and towns. Except for the car driving daily through town telling us to stay inside. That final eerie touch makes it seemContinue reading “Lockdown Isolation: Challenges and Blessings”

Hidden in Silence: Movie Review

I don’t know about you, but finances can get pretty tight around here. Our outings usually mean strolling up the street on Saturday night for wonderful piping hot pizzas from our favorite pizzeria-hangout, The Red Wolf. Eating out (unless you go elegant or eat a lot) is really pretty inexpensive here. We can get twoContinue reading “Hidden in Silence: Movie Review”

Don’t you Know You Are Beautiful? [Video]

Anyone who knows me knows that I generally avoid advertising like the plague. I just don’t want all the hype trying to get me to buy a bunch of stuff I don’t need and don’t have room for! But I stumbled on this video from DoveĀ® some time ago, and found it so encouraging!