Category Archives: Italian heritage

Venice, My Muse: An Interview with Luisella Romeo

Luisella Romeo’s reputation preceded her. I had heard so much about her knowledge and passion for Venice before I got to meet her last summer. I was also delighted to have her contribute to First Spritz Is Free: Confessions of … Continue reading

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A Cassone to Hope For

A cassone is a large chest, often used for a women’s trousseau and sometimes called a wedding chest. They were a prized possession and status symbol for many families and were often displayed in the bedroom. These beautiful specimens here … Continue reading

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Why Should Someone Read …

…my books? You can find out the answer to this and other questions in an interview recently posted by the Italian American Press, an online resource listing dozens of books about Italian American topics. They include fiction, history, biography, memoir, … Continue reading

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Dear Evelina,

Do you ever wish you could meet people from the past? Evelina van Millingen Pisani is one of those intriguing characters I’d like to share a cup of tea with.  I got to know her in the book Evelina: A … Continue reading

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Time for an Update!

Lots of fun things to tell you about, so today you get an entry full of updates: First Spritz Is Free is making its way around the world! Besides being free to download on Smashwords and Book Funnel, you can … Continue reading

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Light to his Lips

THE GLASS-BLOWER by “Jan Struther” (Joyce Maxtone Graham, 1901-1953) BY the red furnace stands Apollo mute, Holding in upraised hands His iron flute. Slowly from back and brow The bright sweat drips; He sets the clarion now Light to his … Continue reading

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Another Truth

I know, I know—tourists are ruining Venice. We hear it all the time. They come in and stay too short a time, eat a slice of pizza, drop their empty water bottles all over the place, stop atop every bridge … Continue reading

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