• On Writing Humor

    I’ve been entertaining people most my life. Whether it was through theater, singing or writing, I entertained. Sitting with a group of friends, and watching how the light comes to their eyes when…

  • Coffee, Clouds and Italy

    I am in a writing group and when we first started together we decided one of our prompts would be to talk about what reoccurring themes or things we tackled in our writing.…

  • The Seasons of the Writer

    I think I might have identified three seasons of the writer. The first is the season of inspiration. The problem with this season is that it can strike at any time and any…

  • The Trevi Fountain

    The Trevi Fountain in Rome makes 1.7 million dollars a year. But Nicole, you don’t pay to see the Trevi Fountain. But you do throw coins into the fountain. With your back to…

  • The Keeper of the Keys…

    I don’t remember much of my visit to the Vatican Museum, it’s a fuzzy memory. There are bits and pieces I recall, but the last time I was there was 2003, and this…

  • Hope in the Time of 2020

    My internal playlist continues to fluctuate between the song “Don’t Stop” by Fleetwood Mac and “It’s The End of the World” by REM.  How bout you? Anyway, they say you come across what…

  • By the book…

    My friend Ariane sent me a text the other day with this question. “What is one book you wished everyone would read?” And I haven’t slept since. That’s not completely true, I haven’t…