Please Don’t Go

Summer is ending, and I never felt so sorry to see it going. Usually as cooler temperatures set in, it is with a certain pleasure that we start looking forward to warmer clothing, real shoes instead of sandals, slides, and flip flops. Not This Time This year however, summer was not long enough, or so […]

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The Summer of Our Discontent

“Now is the winter of our discontent Made glorious summer by this sun of York; And all the clouds that lour’d upon our house” W. Shakespeare According to W. Shakespeare after the “discontented winter” there would be a glorious summmer. It doesn’t look like it will be in 2020. Summer is here, nice and breeze, […]

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Some Added Freedom

We got some more freedom to roam! First priority to see friends that are not relatives nor “CONGIUNTI!” The cherry picking was an extra bonus!

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Plague and COVID–Analogies

The striking analogies between the Plague and the COVID Today the most affected regions by the virus are Lombardy, Veneto, but also England, Spain, and France on a wider horizon (the USA was not on the map yet!); they are symbols of an overwhelming historical-epidemic memory, devastated by the plague.  The plague that struck Europe between 1347 […]

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Piano, Piano, Pianissimo

TAKING STOCK I walked the streets of my town this morning to see how we are getting back to our feet. “Slowly” is the key word. I got an espresso to go from a bar. It is one of my favorite places in summer because they enjoy an outdoors area next to a little creek. […]

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Congiunti, or Your Kin

49 Days have passed since Italy started the lockdown. 49 difficult, sorrowful, boring, and worrisome days. Somehow we made it! We all waited for the PM speech on April 26, to know how our new life will be from now to mid-May. The PM bravely started his speech praising his fellow Italians: «You have shown […]

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A Quarantine of Hoax and Bread

Hoax (& Fake News) In Italian, they are called “bufale.” I had no idea where and when that word came about. I used to think that bufala was referring to that special mozzarella, only.  “BUFALA” can be traced back to the term “dis-information”, as Claire Wardle explains in the “Council of Europe report DGI (2017) […]

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We Can Walk!

Running and walking Walking and running are now permitted if we stay within 500 meters from our homes. That’s not much at all, but it is way better than nothing. Also wearing a mask is a priority—and I’m ok with that. Well, not running really with the mask, but again it is an allowance much […]

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Longing for Better Days

There is some hope now, the contagion toll is stable now. The deaths were terribly high, especially among the seniors hosts of retirement homes. This forced inactivity surely though us many valuable lessons, it depends if the “lessons learned” will stay with us, or if they will be fast forgotten. Hopefully not. I had a […]

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Nature Reclaiming its Space

How Long will take for nature to reclaim all the space we took? A blink of an eye! If there is a positive note of the Coronavirus emergency that we are facing, it is that of having been forced to slow down our rhythms to safeguard our health. The surprise was that in no time […]

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Quarantine

  Most used word of 2020 Quarantine meaning is easy to guess for Italians—this is where it originated—and for Spanish-speaking people as well, but maybe not for all others. The word quarantine comes from “quarantena,” a variant of the Italian quaranta giorni, meaning “forty days“, used in 14th-15th-century Venetian dialect and designating a period of isolation as a preventive measure against […]

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The Silver Lining of COVID19

Italy is on its 3rd week of FULL STOP, and going! For as bad as this Virus is there is a silver lining to it: In Fact In just a few days we have solved the problem of traffic, pollution, food waste, gambling addiction, and the invasion of migrants. Italians in the near future will […]

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