Venice

Fairy Tales

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

Little Italy

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

Stepping Outside the Circle

In a single lane, hundreds of us traveled upwards, leaving our worries behind in Washington as we passed a small green sign that read, “Now entering Oregon.” No passports or security checkpoints, only a humble welcome. As I eased onto Highway 30W, the road twisted and turned, making my heart race, especially when taken at 60 miles per hour. I thought, “This is the farthest I’ve ever driven alone.”

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 …

Long Time No See

Upon waking on our last morning together, Venice took a collective sigh, shrugging off her heavy humidity in favor of …

Venice Revisited

There are places that a camera simply can’t go, sensations impossible to capture, moments never meant to be preserved except …

Senescence

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

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 …

Full, Bright

For the past year, I’ve considered applying for a Fulbright scholarship for a one-year master’s degree in food culture and …

Passatutto

During my first and only trip to Paris in 2005, I remember running through the deep underbelly of a Metro …

Fellows, Heroes, and Senses

Last night, I saw my first SIFF film of this year’s series, “Perfect Sense,” which stars Ewan McGregor as a …

Small Moves

A moment of understanding sparked last summer when I watched Iole mix espresso into the pert foam of her cappuccino …

Earthly Pleasures

I sing the Body electric; The armies of those I love engirth me, and I engirth them; They will not …