How much fear is the right amount?

Liz Sumner Courage, Fear, Forgiveness Leave a Comment

We felt a couple of earthquakes last night (10.26.16)– a 5.5 and 6.1 plus some noticeable aftershocks. Good sized shakers worthy of some fright. No noticeable effects other than rattling dishes and some cupboard doors opening. The epicenter was 100 km south of here. After the initial thoughts of “oh shit how bad is this going to be” and then …

Let It Be: Anniversary of a Moment

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This weekend is the anniversary of one of my favorite experiences so I thought I’d share the story. We have lived in Pergola, our small medieval town in Marche, for five years, spending as much time as our tourist visa would allow. Two years ago was our first experience of the Festa del Vino, a three-day party that takes over …

Waiting Your Turn

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The other day we went to the Immigration Office to pick up my husband’s permesso di soggiorno. Usually there are some people waiting, between half a dozen and twenty maybe. This time there were probably 200 plus all crowded into this room on a hot summer day with no apparent organization– nowhere to register, no appointments, no order. Just hot, frustrated …