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Writer/editor, artist/maker, creative organizer, family caregiver, passionate foodie & world traveler, perpetually positive spoonie, chai and mint chocolate lover with a sweet, wee dog

Why I’m Voting for Obama

I’m going against everything I was taught in journalism school (about keeping one’s political leanings private) and I’m flat out telling you I’m voting to re-elect President Barack Obama. I’m praying you will too. Why, you ask? Well, yes, I’ve been disappointed on some fronts (and secretly agree with the […]

Swimming on Lido

Early in our trip, we went swimming on Lido, a larger one of the many islands that comprise Venice in northern Italy. Venice Lido (Lido di Venezia) is an 11 km long sandbar on the Adriatic Sea. The Lido is also home to the Venice Film Festival. We took the […]

Where’s Mama Jude?

Ok, Venetophiles out there… where in Venezia is Mama Jude enjoying a coffee in this picture? Hint: We were taking a walk when I turned around and snapped this shot of Mama Jude by a gate next to a famous restaurant. Post in the comments where you think we are!

A Return to Venice

This was the scene that greeted me upon returning to Venice after spending a short weekend in nearby Verona (part way through our special trip). It was a beautiful return to Venice, which made me fall in love with the city all over again, and I hope to return again […]

A Frenzy, Then a Pause

Perhaps you noticed several Nosy Parker Blog posts in a row followed by a small silence… one night when I couldn’t sleep in Venice, I wrote 10 drafts that had been mulling around my brain. Then it was Mama’s birthday and then we traveled home! Not to worry though as […]

Books for the Venetophile (Venice-lover)

Besides your typical tour books of this wonderful city, delightful books abound to help you discover another side of Venice, Italy. Another Venice by Jacopo Fasolo features more than 50 lovely watercolor drawings of campos, buildings and canals along with a small photo and story correlating to each one. This […]

It Rains on Wednesdays…

Except this week! All four Wednesdays we’ve had the pleasure to be in Venice, it has rained in the afternoon and evening. We’ve even taken to joking that if it is raining, it must be Wednesday. That was all flipped around this week though when it went beyond pouring and […]

A Love Affair with Gelato

Don’t get me wrong, I’m already a big ice cream fan. Ben and Jerry are two of my best friends, and I’ll happily share my my favorite ice cream shop (or frozen yogurt or gelato) in every city in which I’ve lived. But NOTHING compares to Italian gelato in Italy. […]