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gd girl
Portland, Maine
New England advertising chick with a passion for fiber, jazz and Cuban cigars
Interests: She likes fast German road cars, slow Italian shoes, Jane Monheit, Manhattans, Quebec, Amarone, red meat and knitting. Watches Christopher Guest movies, knows more about James Bond than she'll admit and considers herself an expert on the music of Ella Fitzgerald. Plays the piano, makes Bakewell Cream biscuits and sings. Her pie crusts come with lard.
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Leave it to Nike. The waffle iron sole of inspiration. The swoosh that launched a thousand couch potatoes. A brand that stands for doing what's hard. What's inconvenient. A jolt of kick-in-the-butt to get at it, already. Smart Nike. Smart Wieden and Kennedy (but we knew that, already.) What used... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2018 at NourishMe
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Here, at the end of our first week back in Florence, Davis and I are reveling in the familiar and the favorite. The day starts, usually, with an espresso and cantucci at the newly renovated caffe bar across the piazza. With free wifi, it's easy to spend a few minutes... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2014 at Room with a View
Well, we're through the holidays and probably the most challenging year I can remember. Losing two parents, (my mom and Davis's dad,) and wading through the usual slough of personal and professional challenges, I was ready for it all to be over. And so, now, it is. When stuff gets... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2014 at Room with a View
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Now, before you rush to Cosa Nostra conclusions, gentle reader, let me hasten to point out that this blog title refers to a recent Flash Mob staged at Piazza Della Repubblica as part of "One Billion Rising," a global initiative against domestic violence. Shortly after I arrived in Florence this... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2013 at Room with a View
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Miracle of miracles, I am no longer living on central Azores time. (You know, up till 2, sleep till 10:30...) This morning, aided in part by arising at 4:30 to bid my pal Mandy adieu, I hit the streets at...wait for it... 9:30. Wow. Not too late for a cappuccino.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2013 at Room with a View
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In anticipation of Mandy's arrival at Mimi tomorrow, Davis and I took a stroll to the St. Ambrogio market to fortify our paltry grocery stores. Some fruit, some meat, lotsa cheese. You know. Appetizers with a nod to breakfast. What fun it is shopping in a place where food is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2013 at Room with a View
Alas, my higher and mightier attitude prevented an actual taste test. There is always tomorrow, however.
Toggle Commented Feb 1, 2013 on Sounds good in english...IF at Room with a View
Am cappuccino. Pm espresso. And yes, cricket bats (and balls.)
Toggle Commented Feb 1, 2013 on Fleas are bilingual. at Room with a View
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So the last Sunday of the month here in Florence is reserved for the big antiques flea market. Staged over several blocks surrounding the Piazza del Ciompi, hundreds of vendors set up with acres of, well, stuff. Davis and I took a wander over and had a blissful time poking... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2013 at Room with a View
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Ummm... Straight from the very uncluttered shelves of the much-loathed Grotto Grocery, we present a new breakfast cereal to the stars, " Choko Slurp." Now look, we agree that Italians, by and large, have not bought into that American fairy tale of "the complete breakfast." Etruscan adults, at least, call... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2013 at Room with a View
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Orgy Well, gentle readers... Here we are again. Florence in the winter. Cool, a bit windy, but sunny and fresh. (And just shaken, but not stirred with a tiny earthquake!) After a pleasant but somewhat epic journey from home to here -- about 18 hours start to finish -- aboard... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2013 at Room with a View
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Thirty-five years ago, two wide-eyed college girls gazed wistfully back at a vanishing city as their train crossed the Venetian lagoon. They had spent two weeks at the conclusion of a European semester surrounded by the mystic, surreal beauty of Venice, one of the world's treasures and most extraordinary republics.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2012 at Room with a View
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Interesting, isn't it, how a mere four weeks can turn a person's concept of proper weather from one reality to another. This morning, again, for the third day in a row, the dawn launched cold and gray. Snowflakes at the ready. Observing hardy tourists in the Piazza below, I noted... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2012 at Room with a View
Having developed complete insight into the lives of modern Florentines, and consequent sensitivity, I now offer my list of jobs I wouldn't want. 1. Tourist Restaurant Greeter. Person who stands -- menus (in 6 languages) at the ready -- near entrance employing a broad range of tactics (from laser-like direct... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2012 at Room with a View
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Introducing my new comic strip, Prego. More frame than strip, to be exact, but who's counting? (Me, apparently.) So, stay tuned and enjoy! Prego. Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2012 at Room with a View
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I'd be lying if I said every day in Florence is a day in paradise. In fact, this year, I've been a little blue... Lonely maybe? Bored (get over THAT...) Thinking of a year ago? I dunno. Just ain't been all prociutto and pecorino these first couple of weeks. But... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2012 at Room with a View
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Let's be honest. There are certain things about the good old U. S. of A. we take for granted. (Or at least I do. ) Plenty of good food, clean, abundant water and central heating come to mind. And over the last couple of weeks here at "Tosca" (this year's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2012 at Room with a View
What started as a little walk to the grocery store this morning evolved into a veritable circle of squares. Wandering aimlessly around Florence is one of its beckoning flirtations, and today did not disappoint. Starting at my own Piazza Santa Croce, the ancient square adjacent to the venerable Basilica da... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2012 at Room with a View
Move over Hood, Glad, Lever 2000,Tropicana, Green Mountain Roasters and Helmann's, there's a new posse in town, and they're gunning for you. Over at the grotto supermercado, shopping for life's necessities, I am confronted with a pleasing connundrum: choosing products... Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 16, 2012 at At The End Of The Day
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Settling in now to the homely life of a post-Renaissance spinster, I spent the morning doing what solitary, middle-aged females do. As Martha says, I "homekept." You know, a little laundry, a bit of straightening up, some bed-making and bathroom swishing. That done, and cutting ever the bella figura, (okay,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2012 at Room with a View
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One would think here in Florence-- a city steeped in a long and rich tradition of fabric, wool and habadashery, that acquiring such a simple thing as needle and thread would be, well, easy. Turns out not. In my neighborhood of Santa Croce, there's a leather goods shop every 50... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2012 at Room with a View
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As my transatlantic flight neared Rome, a huge full moon lurked over the predawn suburbs. An omen I wondered? Precursor of things--fortunate or be-damed? Indeed. Both, turns out. All had gone well enough so far, I suppose, if a last minute schedule snafu on Charles's Toronto flight and an unissued... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2012 at Room with a View
What is it about getting ready for an extended trip that is both wonderful and maddening at the same time? Why is it the prescription always needs renewing, the car breaks down, the work accelerates, the shirts get lost at the cleaners, the favorite suitcase breaks and the cussed Italian... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2012 at Room with a View
What is it about getting ready for an extended trip that is both wonderful and maddening at the same time? Why is it the prescription always needs renewing, the car breaks down, the work accelerates, the shirts get lost at... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2012 at At The End Of The Day
Like many workplaces, Garrand folk often plug in to gain head space. We're a largely open concept shop, so there's noise, and distractions. Lots of us listen while we work. In the interest of social science, I thought it would... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2011 at At The End Of The Day