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This video is the first in a series called “Thumbnail Sketches,” which follow Cheryl and Emerson  in the process of writing their book, “Under the Tuscan Thumb: 16 years of trying to live in Italy as true Italians.” Note: You might also be interested in some other stories/videos about the writing, and the digital book […]

This video is the second in a series called “Thumbnail Sketches,” which follow us in the process of writing our latest book called, “Under the Tuscan Thumb: 16 years of trying to live in Italy as true Italians.” (it ended up taking the form of a blog). Note: All of the stories from “Under the […]

This thing we call our “book,” continues to shift and grow. Our first story and video post, “Thumbnail Sketch 1” was May 12, where we enthusiastically announced our intentions with, “Yikes! We’re writing a book.” Our decision to dive into this 10-year story about our ongoing Italian escapade was fairly spontaneous and full of excitement. […]

The first few days have been filled with writing and processing what we have written. It is both emotional and uplifting. The stories so far have covered “Our Brush with the Law,” “Em’s Second Language,” the “Concert We Refused to Miss,” and our “Meeting with the Notaio (notary public/judge).” We are surprised at how vividly […]

Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to become rancid. A terrible smell supposedly wafts into the air. Could that be our problem! The smell of sweaty tennis shoes clued us in that we had issues with dampness in the small annex building, or anesso as the Italians call it. To us, it’s just […]

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 […]

Cheryl attended a week long seminar on Synchronicity: the Bridge Between Matter and Man in Pari Italy, convened by world-renowned physicist/author/lecturer David Peat. He moved his family from England to the small hill town of Pari to start a center for creativity and learning. Much of David’s life has been devoted to the study of […]

As we went back through the previous 10-plus years of books, journal writings, and reflected on things we had done or said, it became clear that our direction had already been set. To our surprise, we had already described our personal dissatisfaction in great detail. Everything existed in meticulous notes we had written either consciously […]

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 […]