Drinking with Robert Duvall

It was my senior year of college, and I turned 21 in December, the day before I left school to see my family for winter break. I was at the University of Virginia, and my parents lived in California, so I didn’t visit them there often. In fact, it was the first time I’d seenContinue reading “Drinking with Robert Duvall”

There and Back Again: College Edition

In a dorm room on a hill, there lived a student. Not a nasty, dirty, wet dorm room, filled with empty beer cans and an oozy dirty-laundry smell, nor yet a lovely, well-decorated, sparkling clean dorm room with nothing in it to sit down on and no chocolate to eat; it was my son’s dormContinue reading “There and Back Again: College Edition”

Traveling Like a Local

I was watching a Rick Steves travel show on television, and he said something that’s one of his travel mantras — that the most memorable experiences come from meeting local residents. Strangely, my initial reaction was that I’d never have the guts to approach someone like that. I say “strangely,” because it took me onlyContinue reading “Traveling Like a Local”

My Piccioli Ancestors

I wrote recently about my paternal grandfather and his Italian immigrant parents. There is so much more I could say about their family. But today I want to tell a different story from my family’s past. This one comes from my paternal grandmother’s childhood. That’s the Piccioli family to the right, minus two older brothers.Continue reading “My Piccioli Ancestors”

Flying in the Face of Covid

I just returned from picking up my husband at BWI airport this evening. Traffic was terrible, and a trip that should have been less than one hour (one way) took nearly three hours. The same thing happened last Friday when I brought him to the same airport to catch his flight out, when it tookContinue reading “Flying in the Face of Covid”

On Escaping to the Country

Lately I’ve been getting into the BBC series Escape to the Country. Have you seen it? The host introduces a couple who are living in or near a city but now want to move to the British countryside. The family has a county or area in mind, and describes the kind of place they’re lookingContinue reading “On Escaping to the Country”

My Assisi Heritage

I was trying to come up with a blog post today for the #BlogLikeCrazy challenge, and I realized that what I’d really like to do is expand what I posted earlier today, for Photo Friday. I posted a photograph of my great grandparents Francesco and Maria Petrini, who both died on October 9, 1918, inContinue reading “My Assisi Heritage”

Friday Five: Old School

I don’t officially participate in Friday Five, a blog prompt that provides a list each week of five questions on one theme. But every now and then I hear about the questions and find them interesting. This is one of those times! These questions were the prompt for a few weeks ago. The topic: ThingsContinue reading “Friday Five: Old School”

Photo Friday: Green Eyes

I just learned that today is Global Cat Day. So here is a global cat. Specifically, it’s an Italian cat. I was with a small group that was having a cooking lesson with a Tuscan chef, in her lovely old villa in the hills around Florence. After we finished making the meal, we stepped outsideContinue reading “Photo Friday: Green Eyes”