A Chat with Giulia Rontani of Etta’s Bookshop // Quattro chiacchiere con Giulia Rontani di Etta’s Bookshop

Can you imagine pursuing a dream, working month after month to achieve your goal, then as your aspirations begin to reach fruition… Pandemic enters the stage. It’s a tale of struggle and uncertainty known to all too-many small entrepreneurs and small business owners around the world, including one of my favorite “new” places in Lucca, … More A Chat with Giulia Rontani of Etta’s Bookshop // Quattro chiacchiere con Giulia Rontani di Etta’s Bookshop

A Conversation with Artist Simone Chelini // Una Conversazione con L’Artistia Simone Chelini

The language of art is universal and unlimited. My Italian language skills, however, are not. Estremamente. For this interview, you will find below the text in English and Italian. Please forgive any errors. I’m trying and learning, always. And, I welcome any comments and feedback on the translation! A few years ago, while beginning our … More A Conversation with Artist Simone Chelini // Una Conversazione con L’Artistia Simone Chelini

How Can We Give the Gift of Community This Year?

Show of Hands: Who Plans to Give the Gift of Community This Year? (B/C: 2020 needs all the goodness we can muster, right?) Undoubtedly, closures, limited hours and stay-at-home orders make it trickier than ever, but with a bit of extra effort, it’s possible to find local businesses to support in these difficult times – … More How Can We Give the Gift of Community This Year?

Resources to Keep Us Healthy and (Relatively) Sane In these Difficult Times

Good morning, friends, traveler-lovers and dreamers, How is this new day treating you thus far?   We send much love and hopes for a peaceful Sunday to you. While it’s critical in these trying times to stay on top of breaking news, it’s also important to step away and feed your soul with nourishment and … More Resources to Keep Us Healthy and (Relatively) Sane In these Difficult Times

Setting the Stage for Positive Outcomes, in Times of Crisis.

Cyprus, 10 March 2020 I stared up to the ceiling for a long while this morning before rolling my sleep-deprived body out of bed. The night had been restless, tossing, turning and thinking about our friends in Italy and what the latest developments – including a countrywide lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus – … More Setting the Stage for Positive Outcomes, in Times of Crisis.