Monthly Archives: September 2011

Italy Snapshot: Otherness (continued)

I wrote about the otherness that we experience as we travel in Italy, but I didn’t talk about the most important lesson I have learned from this experience.  I was thinking about it during our lay-over in Philadelphia.  We got … Continue reading

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Italy Snapshot: Otherness

I remember the first time I got home from Italy in the spring of 2005.  We flew into D.C. and the first thing I saw as I got off the plane and onto the escalator to customs was a huge … Continue reading

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Italy Snapshot: When I Am Weak…

I usually spend the summer “training” for Italy.  During the school year the time I have for physical exercise is small.  Last year with the roll-out of the new humanities program it was even smaller, so summer was my time to … Continue reading

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Italy Snapshot: Some Trips Are Like That, Even in Australia

Being a teacher in a classical school, I try to keep my writing classical as well.  The title for this Italian snapshot is taken from a classic children’s book by Judith Viorst.  It is an important work called Alexander and … Continue reading

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Italy 2011: Snapshots

I’m back!  I’m home and I am not taking that fact for granted.  I learned this year that travel can be fraught with difficulty and a smooth road should be considered a tremendous gift.  The really amazing thing is that … Continue reading

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Last Minute Terror and Peace

So, last Thursday I had a mammogram.  It seemed like a good idea at the time.  It’s the responsible, grown-up thing to do; it’s “free” with my very expensive insurance, and it was a week before I was leaving the … Continue reading

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9/12/01: I Remember That Day, Too

The world will never be the same.  We all know that.  I am about to leave on the annual Caldwell senior trip to Italy.  Our travel will be much different than it might have been had 9/11 had never happened, … Continue reading

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Quick Thoughts

It is not a secret that my life has changed.  My husband is out of work, my daughter and her three children are living with us, my last child has left the nest and is flying all around the country, … Continue reading

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Bliss

I don’t know if it is the result of the general stress of life or menopause, (I find both of those things handy for assigning blame) but in the last two years I have developed a raging craving for peanut … Continue reading

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