Vernazza Updates:

Vernazza is well on its way to normalcy and while I no longer write updates on their status, you can learn about the devastating floods of 2011 by clicking the label "Vernazza Updates". For the latest information from the organizations in Vernazza and Monterosso, visit SaveVernazza and Rebuild Monterosso.

25 September 2014

For the Artists


What does formal education mean? What does it signify? Does it mean you are smart if you have it and stupid if you don’t?

Whatever your answer to that question is, one thing is for sure—schooling shapes every person. Like cookie-cutter forms, the school system shapes everyone to think, do and behave in a similar way. There are many options of what to study, many paths to follow, but the process is always the same. The problem is, we are not all the same and we don’t all process information in the same way.

For a true artist, the school system can be the most soul-crushing, demoralizing experience. I know because I am an artist at heart. Fortunately, I was able to get through school by my insatiable curiosity and being an art major! Over time, I have been able to strike a balance of artistic and academic worlds by writing--and I am able to express my art through the written word. But not everyone is so lucky. So this post is dedicated to all you artists out there, struggling to make it in the “real world.”

19 April 2014

Getting Validated

We all need to get validated in life, but this post is about getting a different kind of validation--train ticket validation!
  

When you travel in Italy, you will inevitably take a train, ESPECIALLY if you plan to visit Liguria. Purchasing your ticket can be done in many ways, whether online on Trenitalia's website, at the service window in any train station or at the many convenient Biglietto Veloce ticket machines. Please note, these machines only sell tickets, they do not validate them.
  
Unfortunately, buying your ticket is not the only step required in a stress-free and fine-free train ride.

09 February 2014

Kiwi Clementine Tart



Sometimes a little free time in the kitchen and a bunch of fruit can yield spectacular results! It all started with a bag a kiwis that a friend gave us. There are only so many super tart kiwis that one can eat before one starts to think: "what in the world am I going to do with the rest of these things??"

When I entered the kitchen that afternoon, I certainly didn't expect to wind up with this gorgeous fruit tart. But for me, inspiration comes when I least expect it. Now, I wish I could tell you that I'm an organized, methodical person of clear mind and I set out to make a grand fruit tart. But no such luck--I am an artist at heart and my accomplishments in life are made in a much more Bohemian sort of way--I need to feel inspired.

18 January 2014

Goodbye Italy...


The plane takes off in a torrential down pour. As the engines struggle to rise the wet plane above the ground, the flooding is visible from the fields to the roads, drowning in ever expanding puddles, no respite from the continuing onslaught of rain.

The turbulence starts as the plane cuts it's way through the clouds. The cabin lights are turned off, leaving us to the dreary darkness of storm clouds.

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