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IS VENICE REALLY SINKING?

IS VENICE SINKING?Every time the waters rise in St. Mark’s Square, the world asks this question. Here is the answer: Since the 1890’s, the altitude of Venice has had a measurable loss of 23 cm (approximately 9 inches). In the 1970’s, Venice stopped extracting water from under her skirts. Freshwater is now pumped in from the mainland. “Due to the elasticity of the aquife [...]

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What Was the Italian Renaissance?

Simply stated, the Renaissance was a series of events that triggered the end of the Dark Ages, aka, the Middle Ages. Loosely speaking, think of the Dark Ages as people who’s thoughts and deeds were limited to the rules of the church and/or their local rulers. They couldn’t speak their minds openly, or anything else. A Florentine family of well-educated wealthy bankers [...]

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6 walled cities of Tuscany – with a great surprise at the end

Many luxury travelers have seen the major tourist cities in Italy such as Rome, Florence, and Venice. They have probably even visited the second-tier hot spots of Cinqueterre, the Amalfi Coast, and Sienna. An area of Italy that is difficult to visit is Tuscany. Not because it is hard to find nor even hard to get to. But because it is so vast and there are hundreds of tiny pock [...]

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The Secret to Writing

RESOLUTION: I WILL WRITE AND PUBLISH 2 BOOKS THIS YEAR - but HOW? People often ask me how I manage to get any writing done with this crazy lifestyle of mine. It's easy. I just sit down and write. I don't think about it, I don't put pressure on it. I just sit down and write.  Many folks have told me they would LOVE to write a book, but they don't know how to get started, or h [...]

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IS VENICE REALLY SINKING?

IS VENICE SINKING?Every time the waters rise in St. Mark’s Square, the world asks this question. Here is the answer: Since the 1890’s, the altitude of Venice has had a measurable loss of 23 cm (approximately 9 inches). In the 1970’s, Venice stopped extracting water from under her skirts. Freshwater is now pumped in from the mainland. “Due to the elasticity of the aquife [...]

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The ABABDA: A Vanishing Culture

The California Science Center, already well-known for their creative and inspiring collection of Brain Food, recently sponsored the Cleopatra Exhibit in 2013. Throughout the afternoon, I  sported memories of footprints in the Sahara sand, the shape of the Queen's Chamber in the Great Pyramid, and watching as my son started at the top of a huge dune and rolled a quarter-mile do [...]

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A Fine Buongiorno – pt 1

Many of us dream of replanting ourselves into a foreign land, even if only temporarily. The thought of immersing yourself into a world of new colors and landscapes, of enjoying the aromas of freshly-baked yummies emerging from local centuries-old ovens. Of startling your self-image with a new style of togs to match your new-found surroundings. These are things that you just kno [...]

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A Fine Buongiorno – pt 2

Knowing that I was going to be in Florence for 3 months was exciting. I wasn’t staying in a hotel with all of the usual amenities and services. I had rented a little apartment in a local neighborhood called San Frediano. There aren’t any tourists here - mostly just locals. Perfect.  Because I wanted to get as close to living an Italian girl as I could. And living in a ho [...]

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