Remembering a Friend

Recently I woke to discover on Facebook that my friend and mentor Joel Connable had died suddenly at the age of 39 after suffering a diabetic seizure. I hadn’t seen Joel in years — since we’d both lived in Los Angeles, but we kept in touch online. Joel had just […]

Finding G-d Again

I’ll be honest. It can be hard to see G-d at the hospital. Particularly in the Oncology Department (aka cancer), and especially when you’re dealing with an incredibly RARE brain cancer. But watching the sun rise over the Grand Canal on Yom Kippur morning after a mostly sleepless night spent […]

Glassblowing at its Finest

On our first trip to Murano, we enjoyed watching the art of glass sculpting. The next morning we returned to Murano for a private tour at a glassblowing company called Salvadore. This all came together during a chance meeting of Mattia Salvadore when he was briefly the owner of the […]

Across the Grand Canal

This is where we lived in Venice for the month, shown from across the Grand Canal. We lived in the ground floor apartment of the red building in the middle of the photo to the right. We are standing along the Grand Canal between the outdoor fish/fruit/veg market and the […]

An Ornate Gondola

Gondolas in Venice feature a wide array of decoration. Here’s a photo of one of the more ornate ones we saw. These were regularly parked on a canal we crossed over regularly to get to the Strada Nuova (a lovely main strip filled with restaurants, cafes, shops, gelato, pharmacy, grocery […]

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!

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