Reflection & Introspection

As we embark on the new year together . . . I remember a letter my Grandma wrote me years ago where she described the seasons as climbing a hill, with the peak as December 31st, New Years Eve—that’s how she had always seen it in her mind’s eye. It was then I realized I […]

Travel Journal: If the boot fits…

Giovanni has been rubbing oil on my back and now begins making his way down each leg, whispering, ” . . . belli piedi . . . cara mia” –something about giving me a foot massage, I think. I drowsily nod and smile, assured by his tone that I will enjoy whatever he is proposing. The […]

Recipe: Pennoni Rigati con Cavolfiore

Excerpts from Travel Journal: Nesting Instinct by LeAnn  : I took my first solo trip to Italy a few years back. I spent six weeks in a one bedroom “appartamento” in a 14th century castle in a beautiful hilltop village south of Florence. Though I was there to write, relax and explore (all very pleasant activities […]

Travel Journal: Nesting Instinct

I was looking through some of our vacation photos today and I began to think about travel and who we are when we travel.    There’s a famous quote (attributed to Confucius) that translates to something like:  “Wherever you go, there you are.”    While there is the deeply spiritual aspect to this observation, I was musing […]

Appennino by Giambologna

Giambologna’s largest work, the mountain god, Appennino (1577) Between 1568 and 1586 Bernardo Buontalenti built a great palace at Pratolino (Garden of Villa Demidoff at Pratolino Park) for Francesco I and Bianca Cappello. It was completed under Ferdinando I, and the residential building that resulted was sumptuous and rich in architectural inventions, in the late […]