Category Archive: travel

Sicily, part 2 (food edition: Salina and Milazzo)

If you go to Italy, go with the flow, especially at mealtime. If you place an order and your server wants you to try something totally different, do it—even if it’s the exact… Continue reading

Sicily, part 1 (food edition)

How’s your summer been? We spent two weeks in Sicily last month, for a long-awaited and much-anticipated luna di miele (honeymoon). A hundred or so years ago, my ancestors left Palermo, Messina, and… Continue reading

3 days in Miami

I escaped the gray New England winter for a few blissful art-soaked days in Miami last month. I’m already scheming a return visit. The coffee culture alone (okay, that and the beach) made… Continue reading

America: stuck in the slow lane?

Car manufacturers spend millions each year on advertising, touting their latest models as they glide through glistening nighttime city streets and hug curvy mountain roads, but the reality for the American driver isn’t… Continue reading

on art and mangroves

If you’ve been reading this blog from the beginning (first post was way back in November 2010, eons ago in internet time) you may recall that I have a thing for tiny houses.… Continue reading

what would Japan do?

Japan’s disaster puts everything in perspective, doesn’t it? In spite of incredible hardships and overwhelming loss, the Japanese people have kept their collective cultural spirit intact, even days after the disaster, and even… Continue reading

pets & nunchucks (Black Friday, Neapolitan-style)

Christmas shopping in Naples: Nativity creches? Check. Gold and coral jewelry? Check check. Chocolates, coffee and wine gift baskets? Check check check! And then there’s this shop across from the Porta Nolana, an… Continue reading

scan scam

Just when I thought I couldn’t possibly get more neurotic about flying in a post-Sept. 11 world, airport security is now trying to get into our collective pants. Have you heard about the… Continue reading

The Moth Ball: why storytelling matters

Went to the Moth Ball last night in NYC at Capitale on the Bowery. The Moth, a nonprofit organization devoted to the “art and craft of storytelling,” is a showcase for true stories,… Continue reading

crumbling Italy

In Pompeii the sky is falling–the house of the gladiators fell down on Saturday.  Located near the base of Mt. Vesuvio, the area surrounding the ancient city is called Campania–the home of Sofia… Continue reading