Buona Befana

Liz Sumner Wisdom Leave a Comment

In Italy, especially this region, Le Marche, they celebrate Befana on January 6th. She’s pictured as an old crone covered in soot who comes down the chimney on the eve of Epiphany and leaves gifts or lumps of coal for the children. She sweeps away the old year and its problems with her broom.  As with many other festas there’s …

Can an American woman do this?

Liz Sumner Commitment, Courage, Life Dreams 2 Comments

I recently heard about a couple of guys who left established careers– one an engineer and one in finance– and went back to university to study music.  Wow, I thought. That would make a great subject for my podcast! “I Always Wanted to go back to school to study _____.” I loved the idea. It seemed so luscious and self-affirming …

Strange Missing Holiday

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All this week I’ve had an almost physical sensation about the approaching holiday. It’s like knowing it’s “back to school” time when the seasons change even when it has been MANY years since you were a student. But around here I’m the only one feeling it because Italians don’t celebrate Thanksgiving. You don’t see coolers full of super-sized turkeys and …