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Fiona Tankard
I'm a British writer and ghostwriter and live in the Casentino Valley, Tuscany. You can email me on
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Will I win the lottery? Will I get the new job that's coming up at my company? Will my boyfriend propose? To me, the answers to those kind of questions belong to fortune telling booths in the fairground. This isn't what tarot is all about! OK, it's human nature to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2013 at Tarot Can Help
One of the nicest things about blogging about and working with the tarot is that you meet some really interesting people. When Seattle artist Nakisha VanderHoeven got in touch with me here at Tarot Can Help I immediately recognised a fellow animal lover, nature lover and tarot enthusiast. She has... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2013 at Tarot Can Help
I approached this book, which comes in paperback and kindle format, with a degree of trepidation and a touch of cynicism. This is a topic I know a lot about, not only through doing it (I am in my 20th year of living in Italy and have created a variety of careers in that time) but also through having read widely online and off about career change and finding your calling. First off, it's a substantial book both in terms of pages – there are 380 – and in content. If you are unfamiliar with the concept of sculpting a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2013 at Content Writing Services
I get a lot of questions that are phrased in pretty tight terms, lots of “should I do X or Y”?, or “will this happen, yes or no?” that kind of thing. I usually try to help the person rephrase their questions in wider terms, often making them less black... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2013 at Tarot Can Help
Well, I am now the very proud owner of four beautiful female alpacas. Their names are Nicola, Emilia, Champagne and Diana. Two are huacayas (the teddy bear kind) and two are suri (the dreadlock-haired kind). They arrived almost three weeks... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2013 at Pets in Italy
According to a 2013 survey by Eurispes, the Italian Institute of Political, Social and Economic Studies, the country's economic woes have not taken their toll on the nation's pets. In actual fact there has been a rise in pet ownership.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2013 at Pets in Italy
Hi everyone I have been contacted by Robert in Sicily who has found a box of puppies under a bush by the side of the road and has taken them in. There are two boys (brown) and two girls (beige... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2013 at Pets in Italy
It's obvious that our native tongue is going to have an influence on how we view the world. As a language teacher I spent many a happy hour teaching the conceptual difference between the present continuous, the future simple and the "going to" future and the intentions these different forms convey. We native English speakers view time in chunks. It's also amazing how most of us who write from left to write also view the past on the left and the future on the right. I was fascinated to discover that behavioural economist Keith Chen has found a provable link... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2013 at Content Writing Services
I don't usually recommend yes/no questions for a complete reading (not nearly enough depth or scope - see this post) but for a super-quick (and superficial) decisions they can be very useful. So for "yes/no" fans, here's how: 1 First of all you need to decide in advance how to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2013 at Tarot Can Help
Please could anyone who has sent me a message using the online contact form recently resend your message using the email address There is a problem with my form, it is not including your email address, even if you... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2013 at Pets in Italy
So I was trying to clear out the garage and came across a small portable radio that my Mum had sent us a few years ago so we could pick up the BBC World Service in Italy. I switched it on – nothing. Abandoning my tidying (doesn't take much) I took the little radio to the kitchen, replaced the corroded batteries and switched on. Still nothing. I then remembered how it had come to be in the garage in the first place. It had unexpectedly stopped working, but I was too sentimental to throw it away. I re-examined the battery... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2013 at Content Writing Services
I have been spending a half hour or so each morning watching soul-stirring stuff on the wonderful Ted Talks site. It never fails to deliver. And in case you think your heart strings can't be tugged any more, that the hairs on the backs of your arms are immune to rising in response to a few well-chosen words, that you have your tear ducts well under control, just watch this. Truly, truly inspirational. Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2012 at Content Writing Services
It looked so enchanting in the warm summer months, didn't it? With its terracotta tiled roof and its wonky walls. There were twinkly fireflies in the garden, the scent of honeysuckle and jasmine filled the air as you sipped your glass of Chianti on the terrace and dreamed of living a simpler life in Italy. But everything changes once winter comes. It gets cold in Tuscany. Damn cold. Bone-numbingly, why-the-hell-did-I-buy-this-place cold. Here are some ideas to help you cope until spring. Layers – layer everything – clothing, bedding, children, pets - to create an insulating effect and prevent that romantic... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2012 at Content Writing Services
From when we moved to Italy in June 1994 right up until a few months before my dear Mum died last December, I wrote her a letter every week. A handwritten letter with drawings, bits cut from magazines and pasted to the paper, sometimes with enclosures like photos, sometimes just plain letters. And she wrote back to me. Every so often I read through the hundreds of letters she sent me. They make me laugh and yes, cry too, as her humour comes shining through the lines. I'm transported back to her house, her kitchen, her little dog, her daily... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2012 at Content Writing Services
Thank you Pami. These animals steal our hearts don't they?
Toggle Commented Nov 6, 2012 on Goodbye Maia at Pets in Italy
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Regular followers of my blog will know I haven't posted for a while and one of the reasons is that on July 2 my lovely dog Maia was diagnosed with canine lymphoma. I noticed enlarged lymph nodes on her neck... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2012 at Pets in Italy
It stands to reason that if you are tired, stressed, hungry or upset, you are not going to be in the best condition to give or get a tarot reading. Second language learning has a name for this – the affective filter. This is a psychological barrier which affects how... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2012 at Tarot Can Help
As Tarot practitioners we are in the communication business. Whether giving a reading or teaching Tarot, it is good to be aware of the fact that everyone has their favourite way of handling new information. As a teacher and trainer, I believe that people are touched more by communication which... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2012 at Tarot Can Help
I think I remember reading the mayor who proposed the scheme is a practising Catholic and is well aware of the potential for controversy, but you may well be right Pami and the church may block it, which would be a shame.
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Hi Diana Yes, I know the term 'guardian' is used a lot especially by animal communicators and it is just habit that made me write 'owners' - sorry.
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The little hilltown area of Fauglia near Pisa has just announced it is looking into creating the first mixed pet and human cemetery in Italy. Although still in its very early stages and looking for funding, the Comune is very... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2012 at Pets in Italy
Dear Carlotta I have here the website of the UK microchip database, maybe that will help you. In the meantime I will put the word out on the blog.
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From the moment I saw Danny Boyle's inspired, quirky Olympics opening ceremony I was gripped by a patriotic fever that has been increasing as fast as Team GB's medal tally. I am so proud to be British and I wish I was there to experience it all, rather than here in my adopted country of Italy! It's a bit like the “cricket match test” that used to be bandied around as a true barometer of how loyal you felt towards an adopted country. Who would you support in an international cricket match? Your home country or the one you now... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2012 at Content Writing Services
Thanks for spreading the word. All posts from this site go automatically onto facebook too, but thanks for the suggestion.
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Another day, another appeal... Sarah has contacted me about two puppies she has rescued who urgently need homes. This is what she writes: "I am desperate for these two puppies I found dumped on the freeway in southern Lazio. They... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2012 at Pets in Italy