When a small place remembers a big event, who cares?

November 5, 2018

  As if to match the event’s somber mood, a light misting rain fell on Montepulciano’s annual Armistice Day ceremony and parade, marking the end of the Great War exactly 100 years ago today which claimed the lives of an … Continued

A rose for a fallen warrior

October 30, 2018

    Just outside Montepulciano, on the quarter mile drive down the Viale della Remembranza to the elegant Temple of San Biagio, one can’t help but be impressed by the 98 tall and elegant cypress trees, pointing straight to heaven … Continued

When it’s olive harvest time in Tuscany

October 28, 2018

Tuscany is not only known for its amazing wines, but also for its world-class olive oil. On retreat in the XII century hilltop town of Montepulciano, we were welcomed by local olive farmers into their green groves and then into … Continued

In which we take to the open road again

October 26, 2018

    Dear Reader, permit me a brief introduction, I am not a travel writer. But I am a writer. And I am traveling. Since a writer is compelled by internal hard wiring to record what he or she sees … Continued

What do European newspapers know that we don’t

January 3, 2018

Reflections on community — and community journalism from afar Or…In which the ol’ perfesser finds that journalism in Italy is alive and well… Isabella’s news stand sells 19 separate newspapers, not including — she is quick to tell us — … Continued

Tuscany Journal: It’s the people you meet

October 22, 2017

  What’s your favorite thing about international travel? The food? The local drinks? The strange new sights? Learning a new language? Navigating the travel challenge? Overcoming your fear of being out of your comfort zone? Well, all that — and … Continued

Celebrating high school journalism at Hillside High

October 5, 2017

As the Durham VOICE (www.durhamvoice.org) enters its ninth year, when I look back in mind’s eye rear-view-mirror, the thing I see is not the 42 print editions or the hundreds of online versions of our paper. I see faces. For … Continued