Archive | May, 2015

Celebrating My Birthday Locally

23 May

For the past several years, we have celebrated my birthday at a trattoria in Cortona with Italians and views like this:

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This year, we also celebrated my birthday at an Italian trattoria

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also with “Italians” and views like this:

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Jersey Boys, as you probably know, is the musical story of four Italian dropouts from New Jersey who loved to sing and had a dream. Their road to success wasn’t easy, but in the 60’s, when rock and roll came of age, they ranked 5th as the top recording artists behind The Beatles, The Supremes, Elvis and The Rolling Stones.

For those of you who share my enthusiasm for all things Italian, my posts from Italy will not commence until the fall. With Len moving on from his teaching position (he says he’ll never actually retire!), we now have the opportunity to trade in Italian summer festivals and crowds for the fall harvests and fewer tourists. We are so looking forward to experiencing and sharing our ever unfolding adventure.

In the meantime, we plan to experience much of what Chicago has to offer this summer.

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We’ll sip some SHERRY at MARIANNE’S, but definitely not wear SHORT SHORTS or dress like a RAG DOLL; watch the sun rise at DAWN knowing we CAN’T TAKE OUR EYES OFF [IT]; study the SILHOUETTES at the art museum; remember during sad movies that BIG GIRLS DON’T CRY – they just HANG ON or  WALK LIKE A MAN;  and finally, toast the summer farewell with a rousing BYE, BYE, BABY,  BABY GOODBYE as we are WORKING OUR WAY BACK TO YOU, Cortona!

Thanks, Len and Benita for a most memorable evening – OH, WHAT A NIGHT! I think you know WHO LOVES YOU! And many thanks to all who filled my day with birthday wishes.

Ciao,

Judy

 

Happy Mother’s Day and Congratulations!

10 May

 On this Mother’s Day,

I am especially grateful for the two Benita’s in my life:

My Mother Benita
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And my Daughter Benita!

How proud I am

and how proud Nana would have been of her namesake!

Benita Gingerella, Cum Laude!

Benita Gingerella, Cum Laude!

To my Mother, and the other wonderful Mothers

I am fortunate to know and love,

Happy Mother’s Day! 

Buona festa della mamma! 

And Congratulations to my Benita,

who makes this day so special for me!

Ciao,
Judy

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