Category Archives: Italian heritage

In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–The Church of Trinità dei Monti

“At seventeen or eighteen years of age, Mariuccia was tall, had a very good carriage, and seemed carved by the chisel of Praxiteles. She was fair, but her fairness was not that of a blonde, which with its unrelieved brilliance … Continue reading

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Indie Go Go!

If you live in California, like to read and have a library card, today is your lucky day! Two of my books are now available on Biblioboard, a California library service for independent authors. Click here for First Spritz Is … Continue reading

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Seductive Venice from the Boot!

Carla Gambescia hosts a fabulous blog called Postcards from the Boot where she shares her love of Italy. Today she’s featuring a number of my photos, as well as her own, that highlight our sense of Venice’s seductive talents. Oh, … Continue reading

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Forty Fabulous Venetian Resources

La Venessiana, a blog-and-so-much-more offered by Iris Loredana and her grandmother Lina, just released the newest “40 Resources for You to Connect with Venice in 2021.” Until we can travel there in person, this page full of treasures will keep … Continue reading

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Women Making Glass–Present and Past

More and more women are taking up traditional rowing in Venice, in organizations like Row Venice and as gondoliers. Now more women are also taking up glass blowing, Traditionally, women made beads using a technique called lampwork, or they strung … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–Momolo’s House, Via Gregoriana 36

In Vol. 12 of History of My Life, Casanova tells us that he is visited by Mariuccia, whom he had met at the house of the Abate Momolo back in 1760, which story is recounted in Vol. 7. It is … Continue reading

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Happy New Year from the Past

Happy New Year, 2013! Oh wait, it’s going to be 2021! But I’m sharing with you photos from my New Year’s in Venice 2021-2013. Hope you’re finding a fun way to ring in a new year and say goodbye to … Continue reading

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“Just-In-Times” for Christmas

My mom is a member of St. Justin Parish in Santa Clara, California. Her Ladies Guild group has just posted these book reviews of Venice Rising in their monthly newsletter, the”Just-in-Times.” What great reviews! “Hi Ladies, I just finished the … Continue reading

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A Little Christmas Coming Your Way

Looking through old photos the other day, I came across this one from about five years ago when I was in Venice just after Christmas. The gondoliers at traghetto Santa Sofia had set up a creche. So sweet!

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Breakfast Redux

Though I’m in danger of making you all jealous, I wanted to share the news about the new painting I recently received. Rita and Tom Bottoms, who live over the hill from me in Santa Cruz, have gifted one of … Continue reading

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