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Scott just left this morning after a wonderful and magical visit. We did many things together, engaging with the Tuscan countryside and people, but also found time to relax and simply breath deeply amid the birds and breezes. The time went fast and we were sad to see it come to an end . . […]

As we anticipated hosting a spiritual retreat in Italy, we talked about the list of attendees. It was a diverse group of people with varied backgrounds, from different walks of life and all ages. But regardless of the origin, everyone brings his/her own form of “fire” to such an event. Each is passionate about totally […]

The Falkirk Wheel in Scotland is an incredible invention that literally lifts boats 80 feet above from a lower waterway to another level. For us, it modeled our sense of a sea change. The term “sea change” was invented in the writings of Shakespeare, which whetted our curiosity as well. We thought that the new […]

Our routine evening at the Odeon Theater in Florence, turned out to be the world premiere of Spike Lee’s movie “Miracle at Santa Anna.” Spike was there along with all of the cast members. Quite an event! A few days later, we went to the small town of Santa Anna, where the Nazi massacre had […]

Fall of 2008—presidential election time in the US. We were concerned about the environment and the interest in drilling for oil in Alaska. Governor Palin had filed a lawsuit against the US to declassify the polar bear from the endangered species, in order to drill. The idea was very upsetting to us. We felt that […]

We decided to go on a week long sailing trip to Croatia with friends. It was unlike us, certainly not our normal routine, but we approached it as a very different kind of “workshop” that would teach us something about ourselves, since it would be so different than anything we had ever done or known. […]

We decided to visit friends in Barcelona. Our drive through the French countryside was wonderful, as we made our way from Florence to Barcelona. Our conversations before we left had been about the work of Eckhart Tolle, and his idea about how we all become “Lost in Thought” at times. If we focus on our […]

We were in many conversations with a friend about her life situation and how she was searching for something that seemed illusive, missing. She expressed a completeness with where she had been, but longed for a simpler, more secluded life. We began talking about the idea of a special cottage tucked away in the woods […]

Em’s father’s health had been failing for some time, but by the fall of 2001 he seemed more stable. In light of his improvements, we prepared for our routine trip back to Italy. When we left the US, Harry was out of the hospital. He had been given an oxygen tank, but was mobile and […]

We were in the midst of conversations with friends about how relationships can fall apart as a result of simple dishonesty—not telling the truth! We talked about how the truth is really never as bad as the silence, or the suspicion, or the lies to cover up what’s actually going on (and already known in […]