• It’s February and I don’t care

    Posted on February 6, 2018 by Maria Swan in Maria's Blog.

    We barely entered the month of February and signs of early Valentine’s are popping up everywhere. I’m old enough to find this fuss annoying. If I give chocolates to my girlfriends they get upset because of the calories. You give candy to kids and the parents get upset because of the cavities…so I pretend I […]

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  • A wintery dog day afternoon

    Posted on January 23, 2018 by Maria Swan in Maria's Blog.

    By now, those of you following my blog are aware of my connection with Home Fur Good. I tend to sign up for outdoor events because I like to walk around and meet new people and pets. In this case I took on Doggie Street Festival, at Steel Indian Park. It’s almost a bad joke, […]

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  • Happy 2018—unless you’re catholic

    Posted on January 9, 2018 by Maria Swan in Maria's Blog.

    Pope Gregory XIII must be rolling over in his mausoleum. According to Wikipedia, Pope Gregory is credited for reforming the calendar in 1582. I, for one, believe that fact because I remember as a kid checking our Italian calendar daily to see whose namesake fell on that day. You see, the calendar lists a saint […]

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  • Photos of Christmas past

    Posted on December 26, 2017 by Maria Swan in Maria's Blog.

    It’s the day AFTER Christmas, we ate, we drank, we exchanged presents and good wishes, and now, most of us are left with the clean-up. It’s my duty to give you a valid excuse to sit down, put your feet up and reminisces about old Christmases. Here are a few of mine. That’s the cover […]

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  • Can you see me now?

    Posted on December 12, 2017 by Maria Swan in Maria's Blog.

    I wear reading glasses. Lucky for me, I’ve only needed minor changes over the years. I’m referring to the prescription part. Every three or four years I buy two pair of glasses, one to wear and one spare. Last month I had to use the spare as, once again, I sat on my glasses and […]

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  • A night at the opera

    Posted on November 28, 2017 by Maria Swan in Maria's Blog.

    What do you talk about on a perfect fall evening, while sitting outside on the Veneto Trattoria patio, sipping a chilled Spritz? Italy and operas, what else? My international traveling friends described their delightful experience in Verona, Italy. For those of you who don’t know, both Verona and Vicenza, where I come from, are neighboring […]

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  • The view from my memories’ window

    Posted on November 14, 2017 by Maria Swan in Maria's Blog.

    A sound startled me. Loud, and high above me. Except, alone in the park only sky shown over my head. Make that sky and fowls, because up, up, in perfect V formation flew a flock of ducks or geese. A loud flock, and I dare say, happy. The birds sounded like a group of cheerleaders […]

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  • The mittens

    Posted on October 31, 2017 by Maria Swan in Maria's Blog.

    Why do I have so many winter clothes in my closet? November is here and in Phoenix the daily temperature is still in the high 80s. The last thing I need is wooly mittens. The ones I’m looking at are over forty years old, almost antiques. Believe it or not, when I first moved to […]

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  • Ducks

    Posted on October 17, 2017 by Maria Swan in Maria's Blog.

    It started with some old bread. After the kids’ visit I had half a loaf left. Instead of letting it dry up I could give it to the ducks I saw floating on the canal. I live steps from the water, and with the Phoenix summer maybe the ducks could use something to snack on. […]

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  • La Postina

    Posted on October 3, 2017 by Maria Swan in Maria's Blog.

    I added the zip code to a letter, paused to give thanks to whoever came up with the idea. Simplifies mail delivery, right? Especially in a big city like Phoenix. Not sure zip codes would matter in my little town in Italy. I don’t know how people in Novale receive mail these days; been gone too […]

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