I’ve never been much for memes. While I enjoy reading them, and have even taken my turn at writing one, I’ve never felt like the questions related to my life in a way that made me want to return year after year. For the past few years, however, I’ve been keeping a reading journal where I note down the books I’ve read and try as often as I can to write my thoughts during and after reading. I don’t always succeed, but it’s a habit I enjoy improving.
Recently, the idea of a Reading Meme popped into my head. (Read: this morning.) . . . → Read More: Annual Reading Meme 2011
Not long ago, I changed the tagline of Ciao Amalfi from “Savoring Daily Life on Italy’s Amalfi Coast” to “A Writing Life on Italy’s Amalfi Coast.” This small change reflects a significant shift within myself, one that has been happening so gradually over the past four and half years that I had hardly even noticed.
Life in a new country is all about savoring.
As you look around and absorb your new home—slowly finding your own place and how you fit in—all you can do is enjoy the flavors of new foods, struggle your way through understanding a new language and discover the . . . → Read More: A Writing Life
Do you see him?
One day I was having lunch on my own in Ravello, or at least I thought I was having lunch on my own. I looked up from the table to see along the top of the mountains the face of a man with a bulbous nose and prominent chin. I’ve heard locals point out several faces in the outline of the mountains above Maiori. For me, this is the Old Man of the Mountain sleeping above Maiori. Although he slumbers, he’s pretty good lunch company seeing as he always brings a smile to my face.
Old man . . . → Read More: Old Man of the Mountain
This morning as I opened my journal to write down a few thoughts to start my day, a folded piece of paper slipped out from between the pages and fell to the floor. I leaned over to pick it up and smiled as I unfolded the sheet of paper to see my handwriting scrawled across the page in all the available free space front and back. I’m constantly writing notes on scraps of paper, and they’re tucked in strange places in my books, day planner and are scattered across my desk. I love those moments when you happen across . . . → Read More: Practicing Reflection
It’s been quite a busy summer for me, and that means it has been hard to keep up with many of my friends in the blogosphere. I smiled when I saw that Lisa from Wanderlust Women Travel tagged me recently in the My 7 Links Project started by Tripbase. If you haven’t heard about it yet, it’s a fun idea that is pulling together an impressive list of bloggers of all kinds! It was a fun project thinking back over the 2 1/2 years now that I’ve been writing Ciao Amalfi. Here are my 7 Links in the categories selected by . . . → Read More: My 7 Links Project on the Amalfi Coast