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HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY

By |2014-09-17T17:06:43-04:00July 4th, 2014|Categories: Personal Musings, Politics|Tags: , , , |

  Today, on Independence Day, I spent a little time with the father of my country. No, it wasn’t in a séance or in the District of Columbia, which honors his name. It was in the Cascine Park in Florence, Italy where George Washington is memorialized. A month earlier, I was in the Republic of San Marino, the oldest republic in the world, which has maintained their independence since 1797. Their museum houses a letter written by Abraham Lincoln in 1861, when he was declared an honorary citizen. He wrote, “Although your dominion is small, your State is nevertheless one [...]

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A NEW ROOM WITH A VIEW

By |2014-09-17T06:10:21-04:00April 28th, 2014|Categories: Personal Musings|Tags: , |

  After spending the first few months of this year with doctors, dentists, accountants, Indian chiefs and candlestick makers, followed by the launch of my third novel, The Ultimate Revenge, the conclusion to "The Simon Trilogy," Joe and l returned to Italy. The month of March whisked by swiftly as we moved off the small street we had come to call home for the past twelve years and returned back down the hill to the center of Florence. Finally settled in, sort of, at least with a functioning telephone and internet, I'm once again poised to begin, Redemption: The Aftermath [...]

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FESTA DELLA REPUBBLICA

By |2014-09-17T06:13:24-04:00June 3rd, 2013|Categories: Personal Musings, Travel|Tags: , |

  After an intense week of writing, I treated Joe and myself to a full weekend of play. While Noble's Quest was debuting in NYC at the BookExpo America, we began our weekend shopping for quail at the Mercato Centrale in the Piazza near the church of San Lorenzo, and then stopped at the Perini Gastronomia for a scrumptious lunch. On Sunday, we celebrated Italy's most important national holiday, equivalent to America's Independence Day. On June 2, 1946, the monarchs in the House of Savoy were exiled and Italy officially became a republic. To celebrate this historic event, our generous [...]

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ISN’T HE ROMANTIC?

By |2016-10-19T09:46:47-04:00May 6th, 2013|Categories: Personal Musings|Tags: , |

  Last week Joe and I celebrated thirty-four years together...okay, it was our twenty-sixth wedding anniversary, but you gals know that you have to add in the time invested! It was a beautiful sunny day, and as I headed off for an appointment, I noticed our new car was covered with an inch of dust. After mentioning it casually, yes, more than once, I returned home to find our new SHINY car sitting in the driveway. Isn't he romantic? Oh, there's more. Later that evening, my loving husband took me for a romantic dinner at Villa San Michele in Fiesole, [...]

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BACK TO WORK

By |2016-10-19T09:46:47-04:00April 29th, 2013|Categories: The Simon Tetralogy, Writing|Tags: , |

  Of course, you've been checking my blog weekly! And you've noticed that I've been off the airwaves the last few weeks. I can’t promise it won’t happen again, especially when life takes hold or one of my characters demands my time but I will try to keep you informed on my writing activities, or at least throw some annoying political event your way. Now to explain my absence. After returning to our home in Florence, Joe and I attended to the usual housekeeping chores necessary after being away for several months. Although this time, it encompassed telephone, TV, computer [...]

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INSPIRATION POINT

By |2016-10-19T09:46:47-04:00January 14th, 2013|Categories: Personal Musings, Travel, Writing|Tags: , |

  This is where my career as a writer began, sitting on the wall with the beautiful historic center of Florence spread before me and the eleventh century Basilica of San Miniato al Monte, complete with a bishop’s palace, at my back. The Florentines often refer to it as the “Gate to Heaven.” From personal experience, I concur. Every morning for six months each year, over the past ten years, I’ve sat on this wall. As I catch my breath after my power walk up the massive hills through the amazing Tuscan countryside, I begin to clear my head, plan [...]

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