Rome’s Taxis, Tourists and Tiramisu

  Emerson once admonished readers “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” The taxi driver on our first day in Rome apparently reads Emerson. During the short trek from our hotel to the Coliseum I believe he hopped three curbs, zipped along the sidewalk a half mile in a congested area and displaced several dozen startled tourists, cussing loudly at other drivers he deemed in his way. He was also terribly interested in participating in whatever conversation we tried to have, a fascinating spectacle since he spoke no English. He helped himself to my chewing gum, and ... [Read More]

Aspirations, Aviation and Auberge

  Do you have a bucket list? If not, make one. No matter how possible or impossible, expensive or cheap, practical or silly our dreams may seem, we should all have a list of aspirations and goals, things we’d like to accomplish or do before our time on this earth expires. Life is too short and lately I have been reminded how abruptly it can end. Why put off til tomorrow what can be savored today? When I was in my early twenties (not so recent a time as I would like) I added to my bucket list a visit to Italy for my 30th birthday. I was absolutely ... [Read More]