Butterflies and Blackberries

I am currently in Bobbio Pellice for our annual all-european summer staff conference. Never heard of Bobbio Pellice? Well… “It’s where Jesus lost his shoes.” This is my first time to this corner of Italy and it is absolutely stunning here. The weather has been great, the time connecting with friends and colleagues refreshing. This…

“Sicily”

Check out this great 3-minute video featuring a few of the many breathtaking sights and sounds of Sicily.   Sicily from the Cinephotographer on Vimeo.   (Please let me know if you have any problems viewing the movie).

Rick Steve’s, The Best of Sicily

Want to learn more about Sicily? Click on the link below to check out this 1/2 hour video hosted by world-famous author, traveler and tour guide, Rick Steve. Let me know what you think of the video in the comments below and if you have seen any other videos on Sicily worth watching! The Best…

I Need A Date!

No, I am not looking for someone among you, my friends and family, to play matchmaker, what I need is a departure date for when I go back to Sicily! I need to know this date soon because it needs to not only be on my visa application but also on letters that need to…

On P-R-A-Y-ing for Half an Hour

The following was written by my dear friend, Michelle Ule. Over the course of the last month I have been looking for 31 friends and family members who would be willing to pray for me and for Italy for one half hour, one day a month, for one year. I hope eventually to have 62…

Buone Feste!

    I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Christmas season and wish you and yours a very happy new year!     Tanti Auguri!  (Best wishes!)          For those who haven’t heard, I will be heading back to California in just over a week. The hope is to be home for…

Chiuse Domeniche (Closed Sundays)

Italy’s Sabbath Sundays: thoughts and stories about grocery shopping, relationships, long meals and bottled water: Today is Sunday and almost every shop is closed for the whole day. Most markets open throughout the week are also closed. The few places that are open are more often than not, owned and operated by foreigners. I found this…

Il Bel Paese

I just recently came across the following article which gives a general description of the state of the Evangelical church in Italy today. It also highlights a few practical ways to be praying for “Il Bel Paese.” Please join me in praying  for a great spiritual awakening to take place in Italy and throughout Europe.…

Ti Voglio Bene

Originally posted on View from the Fifth Floor:
In language school I learned that many Italians would not say, “I love you” as in “Ti amo” outside of a romantic relationship.  Even between family members (parent to child or whatever) it is more common to use, “Ti voglio bene” which might be translated, “I want…

June/July Update

Sent July 20, 2012: Greetings Friends & Family! I just wanted to quickly touch base with you about where I am at in my preparations for moving to Italy next Spring: Currently I have less than 10 months before I leave for Sicily! I know this time will fly by and April will be here…

Amy & Me

Amy

My first encounter with Italy was on a semester abroad program in the Spring of 2003. While many of the students signed up with friends, the only people I knew were a few of my fellow classmates from my Italian class the semester before. In the frenzy of getting ready to live overseas for four…