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Our Italian Year – April

By May 11, 2012 71 comments Permalink

One of the most enjoyable, and frequent, day trips during our year in Italy was a simple trip down from the hills of Bagno a Ripoli into the city of Florence. On average, we made this trip twice a week, and it never felt routine, at any time of year. April was a particularly nice…

Our Italian Year – March

By March 28, 2012 341 comments Permalink

Eventually in Italy, after five months of acclimating and procrastinating, I got down to some real writing. Pam and Sophia would go off each morning, leaving me to write until lunchtime, but not before I’d take a long walk, think about the writing I had done the morning before and what I wanted to write…

Our Italian Year – February (A Valentine for Karen)

By February 19, 2012 47 comments Permalink

Instead of delving into the details of a wet and uneventful February, I’m going to share a story from the past and a story from our Italian year that took place in June. The relevance to February will be clear by the end. I had a friend growing up named Robert Ferrari. He was the…

A Valentine for Karen

By February 14, 2012 55 comments Permalink

Andrew Cotto remembers the wife of an old friend.   Instead of delving into the details of a wet and uneventful February, I’m going to share a story from the past and a story from our Italian year that took place in June. The relevance to February will be clear by the end. I had…

Our Italian Year – December

By December 16, 2011 124 comments Permalink

Paolo’s forno billowed wood smoke over the olive grove. The December afternoon smelled of burning pine and rosemary. These were good days. Days when the outdoor oven cranked and Marta and Paolo had invited us next door to their villa for dinner of pizza and misto’rosto (mixed roast). Marta, predictably, was an accomplished cook. Her…