The Party Countdown

I have mucho introvert in me. I read. I get pissy when people ask me too many questions before 3:00 in the afternoon. I typically think through multiple sides of a situation, for hours if not days, before landing on an opinion. And you can always count on me to choose a one-on-one conversation inContinue reading “The Party Countdown”

February, Untripped

An intriguing side effect of having broken up with Facebook (we’ve been “just acquaintances” since November 2020 — I’ll wave if I see them in the hallway, but I won’t stop to chat — as opposed to the codependent bedfellows we once were) is no more “Facebook Memories” — which, since I was using FacebookContinue reading “February, Untripped”

Weird Sites in Rome, Take Twelve

We visited San Pietro in Vincoli to see Michelangelo’s Moses, but it’s near impossible to miss the supposed miraculously-infused chains that bound St. Peter on two separate occasions. It’s a bizarre story, but Catholicism is kind of well-known for that. The chains themselves warrant my Stamp of Weird. Then there’s the fact that these twoContinue reading “Weird Sites in Rome, Take Twelve”

Welcoming Committee (Rome, Italy)

That tail. Those eyes. That wiggle! It was our second day in Rome. We’d slept roughly the night before, but forced ourselves to get some sunlight and exercise (the cornerstone of our Anti-Jet-Lag Initiative). Cappuccinos consumed, we put on our comfy shoes, tightened the belts on our fanny packs, and headed out for adventure. WeContinue reading “Welcoming Committee (Rome, Italy)”

King of Neptune (Rome, Italy)

Tell her thisAnd more —That the king of the seasWeeps too, old, helpless man.The bustling fatesHeap his hands with corpsesUntil he stands like a childWith surplus of toys. Stephen Crane Another exercise in postcard photography. This was the view from my stroll along Piazza Navona. Much less crowded than our stop at the Trevi fountain,Continue reading “King of Neptune (Rome, Italy)”

La Dolce Trevi (Rome, Italy)

A bit more standard touristy fare today, in honor of an admittedly impressive structure in the middle of the city. Fun fact: this shot was taken through a sea of sardine-packed Romans and tourists, 99% of whom were significantly taller and bulkier than li’l ole me. I think my camera saw more of the fountainContinue reading “La Dolce Trevi (Rome, Italy)”

Saint Joan (Rome, Italy)

If Joan was mad, all Christendom was mad too; for people who believe devoutly in the existence of celestial personages are every whit as mad as the people who think they see them. Luther, when he threw his inkhorn at the devil, was no more mad than any other Augustinian monk: he had a moreContinue reading “Saint Joan (Rome, Italy)”

Where the Ruins Have No Name (Rome, Italy)

Have I told you lately, dear readers, how much I lack a sense of direction and a memory for names? Here is another example. For the life of me I can’t find a similar view online to help me give this location a name. Part of me wants to call it the Roman Forum, butContinue reading “Where the Ruins Have No Name (Rome, Italy)”