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A Word About the Cover

A Word About the Cover

Halong Bay, I traveled here some years ago on a trip to Northern Vietnam with my husband. It was listed in the guidebook: Things You Must See in Northern Vietnam. We crawled into a car with our guide before dawn for the four-hour drive from Hanoi, including one bathroom stop. I felt drugged by the […]

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The Traveler’s Wife—Episode One

The Traveler’s Wife—Episode One

We were in Tokyo for two weeks, you for work, me to be the low-maintenance writer wife who often accompanies you on these journeys. I was here to rub your back and fetch our morning coffees, to be alive with the thrill of it all, to bring back to you anecdotes of my days out […]

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About My Mother’s Resignation

About My Mother’s Resignation

My mother recently called me to discuss resigning as board chairman of the ambitiously scaled non-profit start-up she’d been championing pro bono for the past two years. A younger, self-made man with all the qualifications, connections, and savvy, not to mention a private jet and direct line into the Dalai Lama, wanted the position for […]

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No More Football?

The Final has come, and gone. Forget who has won or lost. As of Sunday, July 13th, 6pm EST, the football lover in your life has fallen into a state of deep depression. And it’s not because their Nation went home without the trophy, once again. (The majority of us have ended up losers.) The […]

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My love affair with Andrea Pirlo

My love affair with Andrea Pirlo

“I think I’m in love with Pirlo.” This was the text message I sent my husband towards the end of final match between France and Italy in the 2006 World Cup Final in Berlin. He was sweating it out live there; I was sweating it out before my television here. It was a burst of brilliance on […]

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World Cup of Terror

World Cup of Terror

Yes, we’re going. It started out obvious enough. “When will you ever again get the chance to see World Cup soccer played in the country that has come to be the embodiment of the sport that is in your DNA, the only country that surpasses yours (Italy) in World Cup championships, not to mention all […]

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Sumptuous Lunch Box

Sumptuous Lunch Box

Why is it that such a simple story, when told through the eyes of another culture, turns into something far deeper and meaningful to me personally? A lunch box is delivered to the wrong man, triggering an exchange of hand written notes between two very lonely individuals. “Sometimes the wrong train can lead you to […]

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The Lost Weekend…a weekend of loss

The Lost Weekend…a weekend of loss

The Super Bowl might have been a Lost Weekend for Broncos fans, but I’m not talking about the Super Bowl, which I didn’t watch. What I watched instead was a double feature on Turner Classic Movies 31 Days of Oscar—12 Angry Men followed by The Lost Weekend. The films are heavy, black and white journeys […]

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Love (or food) Conquers All

Love (or food) Conquers All

An Italian cousin of ours recently married a Frenchman, the second to do so, and of all of the weddings I’ve attended in Italy (many) these are my favorite, if only because for once I am not the foreigner, they are, to each other. The Americana gets to fade into the background, enjoy the fruits […]

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La Grande Bellezza

La Grande Bellezza

“Have you seen La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty)?” My husband’s Italian cousin glances around the dimly lit restaurant, leans in, and says in a low tone. He’s in town for business, and we have no idea what he is talking about. A statue? Berlusconi? It’s showing in Paris, he assures us, so it must […]

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