Our lives have been turned upside down and we don’t know what’s normal anymore. In fact, we are all having to adapt to a new normal. In December 2019, Covid -19 and coronavirus were words bandied about in reference to what was going on in China. For many of us, it was a news story … Continue reading NORMAL IS CHANGING

Missing Places I Have Never Been

I longed for the authentic sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the world of my dreams. I'd close my eyes and breathe deeply, wondering what was wrong with me.

Fiats and Vespas and Goats Oh My!

Way back, I saw a movie (on TV) called The Italian Job (1969), starring Michael Caine.  Touted as a British caper, the storyline went something like this - a guy (Caine) just released from prison, finds himself embroiled in yet another illegal escapade: this time outwitting the Mafia to steal a large amount of gold in the Italian city of Turin. Funny, fast paced and … Continue reading Fiats and Vespas and Goats Oh My!

Italy-Tell Me What It Is Like (In A Nutshell)

"So, whats it like in Italy?"   Countless people have asked this question in the two months I've been here.  It's a perfectly normal question, but I can hardly begin to answer it.  Italy is such a vast country with many different regions and local cultures - seas, mountains, lakes, inland, cities, villages, north, south, … Continue reading Italy-Tell Me What It Is Like (In A Nutshell)


For years, my daughters boyfriend (and partner in crime) has been throwing around two Italian phrases at the drop of a hat - "Basta!" and "Ci Vediamo",  spoken with as much Italian accent as he could muster and always with the appropriate throwing out or up of the hands, overly embracing the Italian way of … Continue reading Basta!

Coffee Matters: In Search of My Morning Java

Coffee - that great eye opener of the world. For me, it's what gets me out of bed and walking upright. Like many of you, I look forward to that first big mouthful from the steaming cup cradled in my hands. At home in St. John's, NL, I frequented cafes like Jumping Bean, Coffee Matters and I … Continue reading Coffee Matters: In Search of My Morning Java