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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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An Obsession, a Craving, an Infatuation

“But the thing that unites all 35 Venetophiles in First Spritz is Free is an obsession, a craving, an infatuation, an addiction for the mystical city of Venice. If you’ve ever dreamt of visiting Venice, have family roots there or … Continue reading

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Redefining Beauty: Giovanna

Do you believe in miracles? Giovanna did. During the plague of 1630, she wanted to protect her neighbors in the Corte Nova in Venice’s Castello district. Watch this video to learn more about what Giovanna did and see where she … Continue reading

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How A Book Led To A Book

Sharing the post by fellow author Claudia Oliver as she describes her participation in First Spritz Is Free. Just click on the link below. How A Book Lead To A Book

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Oops! Forgot the Spritz!

How can I throw a party to celebrate the publication of First Spritz Is Free and not serve a batch of spritz for everyone to drink?! Well, that’s what I did! Today we gathered in my backyard around the doortable and … Continue reading

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No Bamboozling

The boy and his sister held up the painting of the Ghetto Novo so their parents could take a picture of it. They were contemplating the nearly finished painting that showed the Ghetto at early nighttime, the sky an inky … Continue reading

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Murder Can Be Fun, Too

When I taught freshman English for many years, it was all about suicide. Romeo and Juliet. Antigone. Dead Poets Society. Eek! How could we have any fun in a classroom like that? And yet we still found ways to play … Continue reading

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