The Perfect Woman (Proverbs 31)

I’ve concluded that the virtuous woman of Proverbs was like Carolyn Ingalls (of Little House on the Prairie), Mary Kay Ash (of the cosmetics), and Cindy Crawford (beautiful model) all rolled into one. Homemaker par excellence, there was nothing that Perfect Woman couldn’t do. 

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Old-Time Italy and the Donkey

This old picture of women returning from the fields may not be of the greatest quality. But it really captures what small town southern life was once like in Italy, where the donkey reigned supreme. Even long after the first few cars started appearing, many continued to rely on the humble asino as their main mode of transport.

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He Was a Fake! Conquering Fear Part 4

“Did trains even go down this far?” I wondered, highly doubting it. And I wondered if the man was a porter at all, despite my hubby assurances that all those Red Cap guys were there to help with baggage. “You thought he wanted to steal your bags??” he’d asked in amazement. “You should have let him help. So on your return trip, let him! And be sure to tip him!” 

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Castle in Vasto

You’ll find castles in many Italian towns, both large and small, like this Palazzo d’Avolos in Vasto, Abruzzo, once the residence of the marquises of Vasto. Located on a large terrace right along the sea coast. It’s enclosed garden with a beautiful pergola covered in grape vines and benches covered with majolica tiles presents a breathtaking panoramic view of the Adriatic Sea.

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Italian Worm Cheese and Culture Shock

We have a saying in Italian. Non c’è niente di nuovo sotto il sole. (There is nothing new under the sun.) And yes, I know it’s from the Bible. But I also know that King Solomon, who wrote that, didn’t live in a foreign land. Otherwise, I wonder if he might not have changed it to: “There is something new under the sun. Every day, and in countless ways!” 

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Lost in the Big Apple: Conquering Fear Part 3

City Island, Yankee Stadium, Botanical Gardens, and Little Italy where my husband grew up. Where else but The Bronx?! After overcoming the paralyzing fear I first felt upon moving to New York, I learned to love the city! What a fascinating place to live, with its multitude of shops, languages, and ethnic groups! 

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A Tuscan Walkway

Because many, indeed most, Italian towns and cities are ancient, they are full of interesting features. Tunnel walkways, old city walls, narrow little alleys, and surprisingly wide but hidden courtyards. While Italy is a land of many museums, just strolling around Italian towns provides its own cultural and artistic tours, complete with bits of history!

Image is my own.