Monthly Archives: March 2013

Mary’s Last Ride

This morning I got a message, around 5:35, that my friend Mary had passed away. Her cancer had metastasized and got her. Thankfully, she had good care and died peacefully. I lay there unable to sleep. I was thinking about … Continue reading

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What Does Flour Have to do with Painting?

I recently decided to find out more about the Painting Academy that Casanova mentions in one of his reports to the State Inquisitors. Yes, after being spied on by the State, and after being arrested and jailed, he later returned … Continue reading

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Venice Syndrome

Have you heard about the new (2012) film Venice Syndrome? A friend of mine (thanks, Skychick!) just sent me the trailer: It’s a documentary telling the story of the real Death of Venice (no, not the Thomas Mann version), … Continue reading

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Supporting Independent Bookstores

Now you can buy Seductive Venice at Bookshop Santa Cruz or through their online store: I love independent bookstores–they support local, independent authors by carrying our books when the chains won’t. So I’d like to support them by urging … Continue reading

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Free Traghetto Ride

“Here, you come sit while we go across,” Bebo offered, and I didn’t have to be asked twice. For those of you who read my first book, Free Gondola Ride, you know that I like to hang out with gondoliers. … Continue reading

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