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It’s Your Turn / Tocca Te

“Oh, Gabriela, this is the experience that you’ll write about!” cries Alessandra, partly serious. A friend of Tony’s and a …

Setting the Table

As I traveled over the past 20 hours, from car to plane to train to car to feet, I considered …

Enough! / Basta!

On my 23rd birthday I saw my first astrologer. Maryann was the first to read my birth chart, which is …

One Month / Un Mesi

If this year was a rollercoaster, today would begin the set of ticks that precede the silent inertia of the …

Two Months / Due Mesi

Seeing an Italian film, “Cosa Voglio di Più,” or “Come Undone,” tonight called into mind my previous sojourns to Italy. There was …

Blocked / Bloccato

Confession time: since I returned from New Orleans, I’ve been suffering from writer’s block. For those of us who live …

NOLA Part One / NOLA Da Una Parte

Flash-crack-POUND! Splat, splat, lub-dup; splat, splat, lub-dup. Gentle tendrils of ironed chestnut hair. Three brothers, strawberry blond and fair—as in …

Palimpsest

Gratitude to Lucy and Stephen for the heritage table that they’ve loaned to me. The lovely worn wood perfectly matches …

First Steps / Primi Passi

What makes a place memorable? A place may be architecturally beautiful, its urban design may promote connectivity and a sense …