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Rome yesterday (Trajan’s Forum) NEW
a curious Yankee in Europe's court 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 1 Hour ago
  Sunday afternoon (Sept 28, 2014) near Trajan’s Forum in Rome. Best time of year to visit Rome? Now.
Musing about Beppe Severgnini’s “100 Reasons we are happy to be Italian” NEW
a curious Yankee in Europe's court 3 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 16 Hours, 12 Minutes ago
This is an annotated Beppe Severgnini. And what might that be, you may well ask if you’re not up to date on Italy’s culture today. Severgnini is one of Italy’s most celebrated journalists and satirists. He writes a column for Italy&...
In the Aftermath of Strange Things NEW
a curious Yankee in Europe's court 7 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 6 Hours, 34 Minutes ago
  In the Aftermath of Strange Things It’s February late midwinter. One fruit tree is blooming flowering upward in symmetrical spread. The other bare but for a dozen princess pink blossoms on a lower left branch. Reluctant. Too much sunshin...
Some thoughts about Europe from T.S. Eliot NEW
a curious Yankee in Europe's court 10 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 22 Hours, 34 Minutes ago
Today while reading T.S. Eliot’s (1945) essay “The Social Function of Poetry” I came across a rich passage of thought focusing on Europe, diversity and unity. It struck me as particularly relevant to aspects of the public conversati...
SPECK ‘N U (32): Autumn Sonata in the Key of D(og) NEW
a curious Yankee in Europe's court 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 16 Hours, 13 Minutes ago
  The falling leaves Drift by my window The falling leaves Of red and gold Although I know only the English version, the much recorded ballad “Autumn Leaves” was originally a French song “Les feuilles mortes” (1945). This...
The poet as T.S. Eliot NEW
a curious Yankee in Europe's court 1 Year, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 5 Hours, 7 Minutes ago
From time to time some raise the question: “Does poetry matter?” As counter-intuitive as it seems in a world strafed so often by brute force and brutal chaos, poetry matters most of all. It’s the poet’s voice that reminds us,...
Fallen leaf on cobblestones NEW
a curious Yankee in Europe's court 1 Year, 1 Month, 3 Days, 14 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
Rome, September 2013, photo by Rebecca Helm-Ropelato    ...
SPECK ‘N U (31): Seasons NEW
a curious Yankee in Europe's court 1 Year, 1 Month, 5 Days, 16 Hours, 38 Minutes ago
Speck ‘N U is a cartoon series by Rebecca Helm-Ropelato. It is often about books. To see more Speck cartoons, click here.
SPECK ‘N U (30): An encounter with Negative Capability NEW
a curious Yankee in Europe's court 1 Year, 2 Months, 4 Weeks, 2 Days, 7 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
To see more Speck cartoons, click here.
The Butterfly upon the Lavanda NEW
a curious Yankee in Europe's court 1 Year, 3 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 13 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
The Butterfly upon the Sky, That doesn’t know its Name And hasn’t any tax to pay And hasn’t any Home Is just as high as you and I, And higher, I believe, So soar away and never sigh And that’s the way to grieve – Emily D...
If you’ve never been to Ninfa NEW
a curious Yankee in Europe's court 1 Year, 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 8 Hours, 45 Minutes ago
If you’ve never been to the Garden of Ninfa, now in the month of May is one of the best times of the year to visit. About an hour south of Rome, the English style garden is set in the ruins of a medieval town. From the Garden of Ninfa official...
Just enough to keep us going: Diana Athill NEW
a curious Yankee in Europe's court 1 Year, 5 Months, 6 Days, 3 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
Excerpt from the memoir “Stet: An Editor’s Life” by Diana Athill (Granta Publications, 2000): Years ago, in a pub near Baker Street, I heard a man say that humankind is seventy percent brutish, thirty per cent intelligent, and thoug...
SPECK ‘N U (29): The Cuckoo Song NEW
a curious Yankee in Europe's court 1 Year, 5 Months, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 23 Hours, 13 Minutes ago
* Speck is paraphrasing the first two lines of an anonymous thirteenth century poem, “The Cuckoo Song.” The poem is written in Middle English, so the spellings are odd and the meanings are obscure at times, compared to present day English...
Have orchids, will travel: International Orchid Exhibition NEW
a curious Yankee in Europe's court 1 Year, 5 Months, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 6 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
Though these are the days of clouds and rain in Italy, on Sunday the organizers of the International Orchid Exhibition in the village of Monte Porzio Catone, near Rome, were granted lots of sunshine and fair temperatures for their annual celebration...
Commentary by Emily Dickinson NEW
a curious Yankee in Europe's court 1 Year, 6 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 10 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
  I started Early – Took my Dog – And visited the Sea – The Mermaids in the Basement Came out to look at me – Emily Dickinson...
Two men fishing in rough sea at Ostia Lido, Rome yesterday NEW
a curious Yankee in Europe's court 1 Year, 6 Months, 4 Weeks, 16 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
Turbulent waves and high spray yesterday at Ostia Lido, the city of Rome’s Mediterranean seafront, didn’t deter two fishermen from tending to rod and reel. (Photo by Rebecca Helm-Ropelato)...
SPECK ‘N U (28): European Space Agency maps Big Bang NEW
a curious Yankee in Europe's court 1 Year, 7 Months, 42 Minutes ago
Speck is citing a Guardian newspaper article, “Planck telescope maps light of the big bang scattered across the universe” (March 21, 2013). To see more Speck cartoons, click here.
SPECK ‘N U (27): White Heat by Brenda Wineapple NEW
a curious Yankee in Europe's court 1 Year, 7 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 3 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
Speck is paraphrasing a quote from “White Heat” (2008) by Brenda Wineapple, a literary biography about the friendship between the poet Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson. The full quote is: “No man can measure what a sin...
SPECK ‘N U (26): Soul work NEW
a curious Yankee in Europe's court 1 Year, 8 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 17 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
Speck ‘N U is a cartoon series that I do. It is often about books. To see more Speck cartoons, click here.
Surveying genius: “Charles Dickens A Life” by Claire Tomalin NEW
a curious Yankee in Europe's court 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 19 Hours, 53 Minutes ago
Cover of “Charles Dickens A Life” by Claire Tomalin (Penguin Books) Just finished reading Claire Tomalin‘s lengthy biography “Charles Dickens A Life” (2011). Much recommended for anyone interested in learning more about...