Civita

The Butterfly Effect

“Whatever you are doing, if you want something else to happen, you need to pause.” —Helene Simonsen Nine years ago …

Philosophies

Confession: I am horrible at keeping secrets. Reframe: I am excellent at keeping other people’s deep, dark, shameful secrets. I …

Fairy Tales

Encouragement Once upon a time, a young woman named Gabriela asked advice from her wise friend, Bonnie. It came at …

Birdie

There is something rugged and fragile about Michael Burdick, or perhaps my own fragile resilience seeks out glimmers of itself …

Little Italy

An echo of my Italian sojourn in 2010, my feet ached terribly the day that I met John, Enrica and …

Feeling It

Americans have a funny relationship with time. We don’t necessarily honor it—we manage it. We read countless books and attend …

A Good Struggle

I’ve often wondered how Odysseus spent his days after returning home. Once the euphoria of resting in bed, embracing his …

Warmth

For weeks, I had been looking forward to Thursday’s barbecue lunch with Andrew. Prior to my first mouthful of moist, …

Hidden City Diaries

Over the past few months, I’ve alluded to a new project waiting in wings, something that earned the title, “Hidden …

Randomness and Anomaly

Over drinks at Bathtub Gin, as my co-worker Matt and I discussed my new project, “Hidden City Diaries,” he asked …

Lost and Found

Truly timeless writing never arrives late. Its relevance seems lightly fated when it finally appears atop a tall stack of …

The Show Goes On

Last weekend, Nancy and Steve hosted several of us at their home in Madrona for “A CivitaVeritas Evening” – an …

Moments of Significance

The last time the weather changed from summer to fall, I was in Civita. A year to the day, I …

City of Memories

Like many things, the hoarse honking of donkeys is the stuff of memories in Civita. Everything here is comprised, in …

Senescence

Certain organs—the cerebral cortex and the heart, for instance—are replenished every seven to ten years. When the individual cells that …

Accendere (“To Turn On”)

There was no reason to be outside after work on Friday. Leaving late, sufficiently warmed up from my office’s weekly …

Strangers and False Friends

Between Italian and English, some words appear to mean one thing when they actually mean something slightly different; they are …

Buon Compleanno

        In America we wish someone “happy birthday” whereas the Italians say, “Buon compleanno,” good wishes for …

Ordinary Exceptions

Mark Broadhead so accurately encapsulates my own struggles since returning from Italy that I’d swear he was looking inside my …