Love and Lesiure in Giardini di Via Stendhal

Enjoy this fantastic appreciation of the Italian city of Milan. I am so glad, that similar to this blogger, I have experienced Milano with the local Italians, savoring in the authentic Italian culture of family and enjoying the beauties of life. Enjoy and let us know your thoughts of Milan.

Seeing and Savoring Italy

Although writing has become a routine part of my day, like Stendhal I find time spent in Milan to be entirely devoted to leisure and love.

Milan and its metropolitan commune are home to a branch of our Italian cousins and flying into Malpensa has always been a starting point for my taste travels in Italy. Before leaving on an Italian version of Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride through Northern Italy, Tuscany and Umbria visiting regional producers (many now friends) that I source for my business, I spend time in Milan with la famiglia. Time spent with generational layers of the past wrapped around new memories of the present with a loving Italian family I am so happy to know. Wonderful times eating, cooking, shopping and seeing Milano through their eyes and getting to know Italy in a unique and personal way. Stendhal obsessed unhappily for years about the unrequited…

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Get Inspired: Blog Ideas for 2014

When we ask for guidance or help and are open to it, inspiration and motivation comes from all types of sources. Perhaps this blog post about our New Year will encourage you in that way for your blogging or other ventures. If you like it, pay it forward. Happy 2014!

The WordPress.com Blog

Write more. Paint more. Photograph more. 

Do something amazing. Go down a different path.

Challenge myself. 

New year’s resolutions — you might make ’em, or you may think they’re trite and a waste of time. Whatever the case, you’re here, aren’t you? Exploring WordPress.com, contemplating your next blog post, and scheming up 2014. We closed out 2013 with a showcase of year-long, daily, and weekly projects, so let’s brainstorm ways, big and small, to get your work out into the world in 2014.

Think big

the wanderers

Photographer and writer Stephanie Dandan at Infinite Satorisets off for Asia soon to work on a photo storybook called The Wanderers. Traveling solo, Stephanie will meet other explorers on her journey and tell their stories. She lays out her project on Kickstarter, and its design aesthetic — and her nomadic and adventurous spirit — echo the work she publishes on her blog.

But thinking…

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A Grown-Up Christmas Tree

2013-12-21 11.13.09Something came over me…a desire to make things with my own hands; to create and construct. I’m still chuckling at the fact that I didn’t act on this instinct until mid-December. Here it is, two days till Christmas, and I’m still painting and cutting, drawing and hanging. Indulging a long-dormant energy of craftiness, my household community and I are enjoying making our own Christmas decorations. Since we’re all well into adulthood, the theme and style has emerged as hilariously adult-ish. I thought of naming this post “An Adult Christmas Tree” and then went with “grown-up”,…just in case. What has manifested is truly a Christmas tree of adult nature and it makes me smile at the feeling that we are extending our years with the child-like spirit of Christmas, applied so enthusiastically to where we are in our life.  Continue reading

The RiNo in the Room – The Latest Greatest in Denver Arts

I’ve been enjoying Denver through the art scene. Read all about it!

Amalia Travel

There’s an area of Denver that can no longer go unnoticed. After a dozen years living in this vibrant city of Colorado, I feel like I’m being pleasantly surprised by the latest-greatest arts area called RiNo. It stands for River North and is one of the most happening arts districts in the Mile High City. Encompassing a portion of neighborhoods in the northern quadrant of downtown, the arts community shares with visitors a stimulating array of galleries, creative businesses, and events that promote the experience of art. From what I can see and have been experiencing, RiNo is not only growing, its thriving.

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On the Beauty of Women

I was greatly encouraged by this article and hope you are too. A big thank you to Evan for authoring and sharing this loving piece.

The Better Man Project ™

Before I start this, I want to make something clear. This post is not coming from a man who has had an easy time his whole life with women. In fact, I have had my heart broken more times than I care to admit. I have shed tears, been betrayed in the worst of ways and have been made to feel unimportant, almost to the point where I thought I didn’t exist. And even through all of this, I can still put my heart on the line for women because I believe in one fundamental reality.

Women are beautiful.

Last night, one of my best friends sent me an article and asked for my thoughts. So I opened it up and read the first line. “I’m just gonna come out and say it: I love insecure women.” I closed my eyes, took a deep breath and continued reading on for…

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Campfire Sandwich Recipe

_DSC4029Sandwiches on the grill are great, but even better are sandwiches on the campfire! Close your eyes and imagine the smokey-ness of the hot embers and burning wood, slow-cooked into an assortment of fresh goodies pressed between soft slices of delicious homemade bread. A recent camping trip inspired my boyfriend and I to create a gourmet sandwich that we not only made for dinner, but also savored once again for breakfast. We’re happy to share the camping meal happiness with you as well. So now, open your eyes, gather your gear and ingredients, and go camping to enjoy this recipe! Continue reading

What is Your Fire?

I know…you’ve probably heard this question umpteen times already in your life. But here, I’ve coded it…and the code word, if you haven’t already figured it out, is fire for passion. It seems to be the big concern…that is among creatives, artists, and absolutely anyone else who is sick of settling for typical. I’m not being exclusive here – I’m just feeling extremely sarcastic and short-wired right now while writing this…so, I mean every one of course.

What would our lives be like without passion? Continue reading