Monthly Archives: August 2011

Before and After

On my way home from work everyday I pass this house.  It has been one of my favorite houses since I first moved here.  The simple elegance of the lavender shutters against the cool gray stone makes me smile. Or … Continue reading

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Books I’m Reading: Chocolate and Vicodin

Today is  a perfect day to write about Jennette Fulda’s book, Chocolate and Vicodin, because today I have a massive headache. Most of my headaches are triggered by changes in the weather and barometric pressure and they can last for … Continue reading

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The Venice Regatta (Regatta Storico)

Have you ever heard of the Venice Historic Regatta (Regatta Storico)?  It is a race held the first Sunday in September on the Grand Canal of Venice.  The 2011 Regatta Storico is Sunday, September 4th. The race participants usually wear … Continue reading

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The Last Gasp of Summer

This has been a great summer, my best summer in recent memory, but I am ready for it to be over.  I am ready for a new season. It is still brutally hot here, but I can tell summer is … Continue reading

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What Italians Drink: Amarone

Amarone is one of my all time favorite wines.  It is a red wine made in the Valpolicella region, which is near Verona (one of my favorite Italian cities).  The taste of Amarone is robust with just a little sweetness.  Actually, … Continue reading

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Wasps: Making a Mess All Over My Figs

My figs are getting ripe too fast, and the battalion of wasps that have invaded my yard are getting to them faster than me.  For every wonderful, delicious fig I am able to grab off my tree, the wasps have … Continue reading

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Ca Bruzzo Winery

This weekend I went to visit the Ca’ Bruzzo vineyard, which sits along the Colli Berici wine route.  Ca’ Bruzzo is an organic winery which grows and bottles five varieties of wine grapes: Merlot, Cabernet, Chardonnay, Carmenere, and Toccai Rosso, … Continue reading

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