Slice Of Sicily, Part Two

Slice Of Sicily, Part Two

It was dark when I woke, except for one hopeful, gauzy slice of light sliding under the bedroom’s thick, wooden shutters. The boys were stirring, snuggling up before becoming aware that home was far away and unexplored territory awaited outside. I unhooked the heavy...
Slice Of Sicily, Part One

Slice Of Sicily, Part One

  From the air, the island of Sicily looks like a giant, three-dimensional puzzle piece, its varied edges fitting perfectly into a turquoise ocean.  Black calderas formed by ancient volcanic explosions thrust their hollowed tops toward the sky and hunched cliffs...
Merry Christmas Mamma Mia

Merry Christmas Mamma Mia

Read to the end of this paragraph, then close your eyes and let your mind settle on a memory of your mother–the way she hugged you or her laugh when you made a joke only she would find funny. Bring her spirit in–whether she’s alive or dead–and...
Time In A Bottle — Rome, Italy

Time In A Bottle — Rome, Italy

“If I could save time in a bottle…” This rhyming, slightly goofy Jim Croce song, which characterizes time’s slippery personality beautifully, has been stuck in my head for days. As a kid, I knew every word by heart, but didn’t get it at...