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On comfort in a foreign land – or – comfort in a cabbage leaf


It is 2 a.m. and I am wide awake.  I am in some anonymous hotel room in Maastricht, in the lower tip of the Netherlands near Brussels, jetlagged to beat the band.  My neighbors are drunk and puking, from the sound of … Continue reading

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On managing stereotypes about Middle Eastern men, such as my husband!


You may recall, dear readers, that I wrote a little something about the receipt of my very own Sicilian message of sorts.  I am referring to the story of when my husband’s brother, let me know in no uncertain terms … Continue reading

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Of road trips and rose hips (with recipe)


Well, over the last week or so, we have been (virtually) to the U.S. to discuss Obama and 9-11 and Italy to discuss the plight of mozzarella mammas over the last week here on slowly-by-slowly, and now it is time … Continue reading

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