Cooking a Birthday Feast in Washington, D.C

March 20, 2010

With hugs, Rhea loaded me into a wheelchair for delivery to my flight to Washington, DC on March 19th. Old friend, David F, from junior-year-abroad-in-Rome years, picked me and after lunch together with his wife, Liz, off we went on a rapid round of shopping for my family. read more...

Pennsylvania pleasures continue… March 14, 2010

March 15, 2010

The Pennsylvania weather perked up in the morning of March 14th as I moved on to Devon, receiving a warm welcome there from my hosts, Bob and Judy. Though our first meeting - Judy had read about me and my US tours on the Net - I immediately felt that I was with friends... read more...

March comes in like a lion… March 13, 2010

March 14, 2010

Little did I know but as "crutches-challenges" go, the worst was yet to come. My final night in "la Grande Mela", as the Italians would say, was with jr-yr-abroad Rome friends and new friends in a charming restaurant serving AMERICAN food (again, anything but italiano when I am in the US!)... read more...

Connecting while cooking in Denver

March 5, 2010

After Seattle, on to Denver for two wonderful events with classmates, old friends, past Umbria tour guests, future Umbria tour guests and new friends! Che bello! Jim and Cindy Tanner warmly welcomed me to their home -and so good to reunite with them (Jim had studied in Rome with me jr/yr/abroad and I met Cindy when I lectured in Denver in 2001 - good to be back!)... read more...