Organizing last summer’s party pics

For the last three summers, we’ve thrown a garden party in our backyard. Each was a glorious celebration of life, marking the anniversary of Mama outliving her brain cancer prognosis. This past soiree, we ended up with more than 500 pictures, including tons of hilarious shots from a photo booth I created. It has taken…

366 Days of #OneGoodThing

If you asked me to tell you 366 good things that happened in my life this year, I’d be at a total loss. It was a crap year in a lot of ways. Physically, I felt like shit every single day. That’s right. Every. Single. Day. It turned out that I have a chronic autoimmune disease.…

Imagining myself in Venice

I just love this photo!!! I’ve been imagining myself sitting there on the ledge with the dog and enjoying this glorious view of Venice all day. This photo was one of the first posts I saw on Facebook today. My friend Silvio, who I met through some other friends during a very special trip to…

The perfect way to see Venice

A gondola ride in Venice is an absolute must, allowing you to experience the city in an unparalleled way… slowly, from a low vantage point, gliding along the narrow canals and looking up at the expanse of churches and beautiful, ancient buildings. “Like biscuits in tea,” one gondolier explained of the crumbling structures. A gondola…

Walk this way…

Walk with me to my favorite campiello, the Campiello del Remer (the star of yesterday’s blog post). Start along the main walking street outside the San Giovanni Grisostomo Church. (A mouthful, but fun to say.) From the main street, look for an alleyway with this love poem graffiti “Dez loves Ruez.” You’ll find it faces…

Our beloved Campiello del Remer

Venice is full of wonderful campiellos (courtyards around every turn), but the magical Campiello del Remer was our home. Literally… our apartment’s door opened up onto this almost hidden, yet centrally located campiello. The Campiello del Remer is tucked away, right off of a main walking street. It’s not easy to find the first time,…