Monthly Archives: May 2011

Administrative item

Just posting today to let you know—if you haven’t noticed yet—that I’ve added a “Food Images” page to my blog. It’s right up there in the menu next to “Home” and “About.” It’s mostly a compilation of images from my … Continue reading


Savoring the Roman T(heat)er

Today, which was more sweltering than yesterday, I had the unique honor of accompanying my eleven year old’s class on a walking tour of Roman Milan. It was, in a word, fascinating. I could go on and on about the … Continue reading

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Bring on the heat

Well. Here we are mid-to-late May, and it feels like summer’s in full swing. At 8:00 this morning, pedestrians were plying the sidewalks, wishing they’d worn less. It’s hot. And in the afternoons, Milan wears its preferred warm weather adjective: … Continue reading

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A real palazzo

The word “palazzo” is thrown around loosely here. At the end of the day, it’s used to mean “apartment building.” But there are, in Milan, palazzi which deserve the unavoidable association an English speaker makes with the word “palace.” Here … Continue reading

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Copyright: Gianni Berengo Gardin

It’s grey in Milan, today. Threatening to rain. But this is a Milan I love—black, white and gray. It’s a city to be photographed monochromatically—desaturated, elemental, reduced to geometry and emotion. And so, for the umpteenth time, Gianni Berengo Gardin … Continue reading

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Confession #5: The way it is today

I’ve been in Italy 13 years this Spring. My dog, whom we got shortly after I got here, is 13 years old. Hobbling. I’m 13 years older than the love-struck young thing who leapt across an ocean. I’ve been 13 … Continue reading

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Closed/Week in review

Monday “Keeping time, beautifully” In which we appreciate an Italian watch we can’t own, and download a time-keeping screensaver that we can. (Read this.) Tuesday “Hit the road, Jacques” In which a “mille borne” on French national route 958 reminds … Continue reading

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It’s your (un)lucky day

OK. I meant to post this yesterday, but I got overwhelmed with “things” and, quite frankly, forgot. What a lousy blogger, when I can’t even say things on the days they are relevant, right? Wrong! Because today, I lived through … Continue reading

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A postscript to my last post

A comment left in response to the last post questioned the connection between the color magenta and Paul Rand. This connection is clearly a leap of my own (messy attic that it is) brain. For some reason, the color magenta … Continue reading


Write Man Ray’s life story

In my post this morning, I mentioned as an afterthought the interactive online competition to create the imaginary biography of Man Ray. After investigating further, I happened upon this page of the competition which illustrates more precisely how it works. … Continue reading

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