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COMING HOME WITH THE BABY!

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I have often said that traveling abroad with students is very much like child birth – very painful in the moment, but then you come home with the baby and forget the pain. I have returned home with my baby babies, and already, less than 48 hours after arriving, the painful moments are slipping from my memory.  The exciting moments were ... Read More »

BOUTIQUE ITALIAN WINES

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Get your pen ready! Here come spectacular recommendations for small-vineyard Italian wines.  You won’t hear about the big joints at all, but instead, the small players, the individuals who have passed down their love of grapes through generations.  These are vintners interested in exploring and exploiting the possibilities in their vines, not glutting the market with “good enough”. I was ... Read More »

GIMBALED FUNICULARS AND BIVALVE PLAYERS

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Huh? Yes, gimbaled funiculars.  Yes, bivalve players.  A sequential thought process here, maybe a pedantic love of funny sounding words, and of course a reference to Spain, where I will be in 2 ½ weeks. Disclaimer:  my sister in law served a “signature drink” at our recent American Easter/Greek Easter/Passover gathering.  It was perfect for an afternoon sitting outside after ... Read More »

THE FUTURE OF DINING?

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I went out to eat a restaurant the other night where all ordering was done through an iPad. Now, I’m not a food writer or a restaurant critic, so I’m not going to write about what we ate or drank. Rather, the point of this post is the use of technology in restaurants. And as prior to this dining experience ... Read More »

BOTTOMLESS CUP OF COFFEE

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When I was a little girl, I never saw my mother finish a cup of coffee in one sitting. As I grew older, I teased her about this: the way she would start her morning with a cup and have to microwave it at least three times before she finished it. Of course, I get it now. As a stay-at-home-mom, my ... Read More »

BUELLER? BUELLER? BUELLER?

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Are you present?  Or not? Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (click here for the trailer if you have no clue what I am talking about) may well be the classic analogy for modern life. Are you here? Or have you skipped out? I am a perhaps addicted complete fan of modern technology.  I am one of the few parents who knows ... Read More »

GROW UP! NO, DON’T!

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In what my children would probably call a fairly typical, schizophrenic mode for me, I find myself both demanding that the kids “grow up”, while at the same time, resolving this year that I need to be more childlike. Whaaaaat? Today I witnessed a scene that made me stop multitasking between laptop and smartphone, sit back, and enjoy life.  I ... Read More »

2013 – THE YEAR IN REVIEW

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2013 – What an interesting year it has been, full of change and transition.  The mantra has often been “with great change comes great opportunity”.  Focus on facing changes with an eye to creative resolutions.  Keep it positive.  Change is good. Our winter months, early on in 2013, were filled with the upcoming transition of sending our oldest child off to ... Read More »

THE 12 WINES OF CHRISTMAS

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As the holiday week nears, we prepare in our home to celebrate Christmas en masse, as only can be accomplished when the Cichello clan gathers.  Seven kids in ten years, all now with life partners, thirteen grandchildren, four dogs, and a bun in the oven.  We are massive numbers, and now that so many of the grandchildren are grown adults, we ... Read More »

DO SOMETHING!

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I had the good fortune to attend TWO amazing funerals in the past three weeks.  Yes, I just said “good fortune” and “amazing”, both in regards to funerals.  They were so very different, but so very similar.  In both cases, I was late to the dance.  I only knew these two men for the past 20 years, while mourning family ... Read More »

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