Tag Archives: Italy

A Few Moments in Italy

image of a cat in a pot of oregano

It has been pointed out to me that during my first extended vacation in Italy, last spring, the folks back in the States got the unexpected news that Osama bin Laden had been taken out.  And that during my second … Read more »

Kaze Returns, Still Gushing Shamelessly About Italy

image of kaze in florence, italy

Buon giorno!  I stand before you jet-lagged into a kind of week-long delirium, but otherwise molto felice, come un mollusco. That’s “happy as a clam” in Italian.  You can’t beat Italian.  What would you rather say, “a clam” or “un … Read more »

Arrivederci, again

image of silhouetted figure staring into a sunset

Yesterday afternoon I cashed in a coupon at the Starbucks near my house and, walking out to the parking lot with a tall cup of Anniversary Blend in my hand, suddenly I missed my father. What mysterious currents carry us.  … Read more »

Unweeded Garden

image of overgrown perennial border

It’s Act I, Scene II of Hamlet, and we’ve just met the prince, who’s been away.  In his absence, life around the castle has gotten seriously out of hand, and Hamlet is seriously miffed.  “’Tis an unweeded garden that grows to … Read more »

“Ay, in the very temple of Delight . . .”

image of the Piazza d Spagna

I was in Rome this spring.  Rome is a wonder.  The present cannot contain it.  You stand waiting for a bus and across the street are the ruins of a pagan temple. Time and again in Rome, you step off … Read more »

Glutes ‘R’ Us

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I don’t know about you, but I have never given much thought to my glutes.  To the extent I thought about them at all, I thought of them as something to sit on.  Who could have foreseen the day when … Read more »