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In My Words

31 Dec

I’ve often wondered, with this age of technology, where will my online stories and photos end up? Oh, not next year, or even 10 years from now, but off in the future when a grandchild might be interested. I was lucky that my grandfather, Alex, took time to write letters, and even more fortunate that his wife and daughter took care to keep them.

Over many years since childhood, I failed to complete many of the journals and scrapbooks that I had purchased. I, like so many, still have a large bin of photos in storage, and many, many stories that rely on memory.

But that changed with my blog. Without actually understanding what I was launching in 2011, I embarked on a “journaling journey” that would forever capture my thoughts, adventures and photos, and really change my life. It began as a personal journal, for family members and a few friends, to follow Len’s and my first “three-week alone” trip to Cortona.

I never could have imagined all that I would gain from my writing –  unknown family history, unknown relatives, reacquaintance with long-lost friends, incredible new friendships, unexpected invitations, and so on, as well as the joy of being able to “revisit” each and every event or place that touched our lives in the last six years. In addition, I never could have imagined how many others would come along for the adventure. Since 2011, 0ver 25,000 people from more than 100 countries have visited blogginginitaly!

For Christmas, I surprised Len with hard copy books of our adventures, one per year. Each has a custom front and back cover, a dedication page, and the blogs from that entire year. We need only  flip open a page at random to relive a wonderful experience, photos included!


©Blogginginitaly.com Front covers 2011-2015


©Blogginginitaly.com Back covers 2011 -2015

And now I know that as long as there’s a bookshelf, my stories will have a home, regardless of how technology might change in the future.

Thanks to all who have joined us on our journey. I’ve loved your comments and the opportunity to share our adventures with you. And yes, there’s more in store for 2017, including planting the next garden. Can we grow an even larger tomato in 2017????

Happy New Year, may it be filled with good health, and may we each, in some way, contribute to a kinder, gentler, more tolerant and more peaceful world.

Happy New Year! Tanti Auguri di Buon Anno!


Happy New Year!

31 Dec

At this time of year, many people focus forward – setting goals and making resolutions related to diet, health, exercise, work, relaxation, education, finances, etc. In our extended family, we were fortunate enough to take time to celebrate the present, and in particular, the sisterhood of generations of strong and vibrant women in our family.


Yesterday at brunch, four generations of women, aged seven weeks to 90, shared hugs, stories, laughs, and memories, accompanied by great food and wicked mimosas. (Our wonderful spouses weren’t included, nor would they have wanted to be!)


We toasted one another, and those not with us, as we celebrated one of our greatest blessings – the love we have for each other and the strong bond that ties us together. And of course, there was never a shortage of hands to hold the new baby!


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IMG_6940 IMG_6947IMG_6929Our Italian grandmothers, and my mother, would have been proud – all of us at one table, and, of course,  all talking and listening at the same time. An Italian skill handed down from generation to generation. Tradition.




While looking forward is a great thing to do at year’s end, taking time to appreciate and celebrate the present is incredibly uplifting.

To my aunts, sisters, daughter, cousins, and nieces, you rock!

And to all,

may your new year be filled with love and

may you make time for special times with family and friends.

Happy 2013!

Felice Anno Nuovo!



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