• Journaling on an Italian Holiday

    I sat in the sculpture garden, just off of the Piazza della Signornia. This is in Florence. I’ve been lucky enough to visit Florence several times. And each trip, I make it a…

  • “Coffee Shops”

    Here’s a weird bit of information. When you publish short stories on your own personal website, it often voids the chances of said story to be published in a literary magazine. Most of…

  • Viva Italia…

    At the ripe age of forty-something, I have trouble recalling some of my youthful motivations. Why did I want to be an astronaut? Why did I love Raggedy Ann and Holly Hobbie so…

  • Michelangelo’s Shoes

    After reading my book, Big Trouble in Little Italy, my aunt called me with this question: “Is there really a museum in Florence that has Michelangelo’s shoes on display?” You bettcha. The museum…

  • Inspiration for Big Trouble

    This isn’t a post to explain how to get inspired to get yourself into ‘big trouble’. It is more of a recap of a family vacation. A family vacation that I used as…