900 posts!

I started this blog dedicated to travel, writing and reading – with a generous dash of all things Italy-related – back in 2012, and I’ve been at it ever since. Like all bloggers, it’s great to celebrate some milestones. So, I’m pleased to announce I’ve just reached (gulp!) 900 posts! No one is more surprised…

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Seven year itch?

No, I’m not actually writing about the film perhaps best known for this iconic subway grate scene with Marilyn Monroe. No, my seven year itch post refers neither to the Monroe film nor marriage (I’ve been married much, much longer that seven years), but to blogging. I received a little reminder from WordPress.com that it…

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After the hiatus

Hiatus – a break or gap. Since I returned from summer holidays, I have not been keeping up my blog. The return to work and kids’ school and daily life kept things more hectic than I anticipated, and then my trusty home laptop died … and I was super slow about replacing it. But I…

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600 posts!

In case you are wondering, this is not my age. Can you tell I have snippy teenagers/pre-teens at home? But I’m a big fan of marking milestones, so why the heck not? 600 posts up on my blog deserves at least a pat on the back. I began my blog back in 2012 to post…

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500 posts!

My kids would be cruel and ask if this is how many candles I’ll be having on my birthday cake. After all, when he was younger, my older son did actually ask me if I moved to Rome before or after they’d built the Coliseum. *Sigh* But no, a big number like this does not scare…

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400 posts … and still going strong

Excuse me a moment of crowing. But after almost four years of blogging, I’ve reached my 400th post, and sometimes it’s worth it to simply stand back and pat ourselves on the back for managing to do what we set out to do… and to reflect on how we got here. Back in  2012, I…

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Have blogs gone the way of the milkman?

Over at the excellent Nathan Bransford blog, Nathan poses an intriguing question about why personal blogs have been disappearing: I  miss the blogosphere Not being cool and trendy, I admit that I didn’t know that I’ve apparently slid into hopeless frumpiness. I love writing my blog and reading the blogs of others. Yes, I learn…

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300 posts!

I started my blog almost three years ago, writing about two subjects I’m passionate about: writing and travelling. Blogging has been a lot of fun. I love the discipline of preparing and scheduling my posts, and I love that blogging keeps me looking at topics in an entirely different way. But what I’ve found most…

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I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Blog Her Award

An extra big thank you/grazie to my blog buddy and real-life buddy each year in Matera, the talented author Catherine McNamara, for nominating me for the Liebster Blog Her Award. If you don’t yet know Catherine’s work, take a look at my earlier author interviews with her for her novel and short stories. As part of…

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200 posts… and counting

As the end of the year rolls around and we start thinking about those dreaded  encouraging New Years’ resolutions to really start 2014 off right, it’s also helpful to reflect on achievements throughout the year. I’m going to give myself a little pat on the back for my two hundredth blog post today. I started…

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