In Love with France, At Home In Italy

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In Love with France, At Home In Italy
How did a life-long Francophile end up forsaking la belle France for la dolce vita in middle-of-nowhere Italy?
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  • SPEAK, MEMORY:THE KAKI ANSWERS 2 days ago In his autobiographical memoir, Speak, Memory, Vladimir Nabokov, (my obsession for whom predates my current one for Andre Aciman), says, " One is always at home in one's past...." Andre Aciman, in "Becket's Winter" (from his collection of essays, "False Papers") speaks about the lie of the...
  • TAKING MY (nearly) NEW FRONT TEETH FOR AN ULTIMA (?) SWIM:IN BED WITH SENECA 1 week ago Although I have previously written on the topic of TAKING MY NEW FRONT TEETH FOR A SWIM, this time is different. First of all, those front teeth are not as new as they once were. Further, it's October 20, when most less nutty people consider the swimming season over. But on each of the past three...
  • DEAR DONNA LEON (AND COLIN FIRTH, TOO!) 1 week ago Dear Donna Leon,I can't believe it took me this long to find you. Nearly 68 years, to be somewhat precise. And now, having just finished the last of your available Brunetti novels, I have very mixed emotions.I never expected to be spending the first few months of leave from my academic...
  • UNDERWEAR EMERGENCY? 1 week ago My husband is getting nervous about his underwear.  I count 11 pairs in his underwear drawer, and even though all might not be entirely wearable (as he explained, "not all underwear is created equal"), I question whether this constitutes a true Underwear Emergency. But then again, Brinkmanship is...
  • BLOG THE V-E-R-Y RELUCTANT SHOPPER:ON THE PAIN OF BUYING AND MOVING INTO A BEAUTIFUL NEW PURSE 1 week ago So what's all this? Read on and you'll see. The "tee-hee/boohoo" souvenir tissues from our Virgin Atlantic flight of many moons ago aptly describes my emotions during this painful rite-of-passage. Now who in her right mind would consider all this stuff inessential to everyday life and thus unworthy...

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