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Venice, My Muse: Donna Jo Napoli

Over twenty years ago, I was in a traditional trattoria and was charmed by a retired sandolista named Guido. He told me his life story about being a child during World War II who was rounded up and sent away … Continue reading

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Redefining Beauty: Elena Cornaro Piscopia

Remarkable women have been thwarted throughout the centuries. One story that never fails to break my heart is the story of Elena Cornaro Piscopia, the first woman in the world to earn a university degree. Watch this video to learn … Continue reading

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Bird’s Eye View

Last weekend I finally finished this puzzle.  I had been working on it sporadically for about nine months, sometimes pulled away from it by other projects and tasks, but always coming back. Working on this involved a large dose of … Continue reading

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Nexus

“Nexus: the central and most important point or place: The nexus of all this activity was the disco.” Isn’t that a great sample sentence? (Courtesy of my computer’s dictionary.) Nexus is also the name of the newsletter printed by my publisher, Supernova Edizione, in … Continue reading

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Without Precedent

The University of Karueein, which began in 859 in Morocco, is the world’s oldest continually operating university. For Europe, that distinction goes to the University of Bologna in Italy, which opened in 1088. But it took until June 25, 1678, … Continue reading

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Hot off the Presses!

Get your copy now! My latest book, A Beautiful Woman in Venice, arrived today on my back porch! That’s me sitting on 15 boxes of them. Today is its official birthday! After roughly two years of work, 250 sources, and … Continue reading

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