1. Cool morning temperatures.
2. Pazienza (patience). A long bus ride was part of my day, this came up a lot.
3. Valle dei Templi (Valley of the Temples in Agrigento).
4. Bagliesi winery.
5. Canoodling with my lovely husband, and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”
Words have power. “Sticks and stones” have a formidable reputation for a reason, yet the power words hold is undeniable. Just watch Brick’s (Paul Newman) transformation when Maggie (Elizabeth Taylor) utters the word “Skipper.” A single word can convey a memory, a threat, and a promise of absolution. To have such power, of course, depends entirely on the context. For instance, the Italian curse word “minchia” (uh…unique male body part…not the prostate). Italians use it coarsely as we use “f**k” – to express dismay, anger, exuberance, and more. Imagine yelling the English equivalent the next time you might curse.
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**Travel update with photos in subsequent posts.