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  • Stranded (now and then)

    When columnist Aldo Magagnino moved to help a damsel in distress, it elicited memories of his Indiana Jones years, not all of them heroic.

Return to Rome

Che bella cittá. We keep saying this over and over after having been isolated for almost two years in France without our Roman and [...]

Fire in the hold

Imagine a forest fire of unknown origin in which winds and climate abet the flames and the earth is scorched for months, if not [...]

On a stalled planet

One friend, an influential member of European mass media, bemoans the disappearance of what he calls “fluidity.” Another, far younger but brilliantly dynamic, calls [...]

Killing the assassin

Fall is here. For some, autumn is associated with pumpkin spice and sweaters. For me, it’s the start of Japanese knotweed season. That doesn’t [...]

Cane and able

I have always prided myself on being a strong woman. Coming from the markets and local grocery stores before there were any supermarkets in [...]

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Fire in the hold

October 11th, 2021|

Imagine a forest fire of unknown origin in which winds and climate abet the flames and the earth is scorched [...]

On a stalled planet

October 11th, 2021|

One friend, an influential member of European mass media, bemoans the disappearance of what he calls “fluidity.” Another, far younger [...]

Killing the assassin

October 7th, 2021|

Fall is here. For some, autumn is associated with pumpkin spice and sweaters. For me, it’s the start of Japanese [...]

Giovanni’s head (or, the vaccine game)

October 4th, 2021|

It’s official. Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi has announced his government will draft legislation making COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for every [...]

The Courier

October 3rd, 2021|

Far from the usual take on the Cuban Missile Crisis, “The Courier” seems worlds away from the tense drama of [...]

Cane and able

October 3rd, 2021|

I have always prided myself on being a strong woman. Coming from the markets and local grocery stores before there [...]

The gridlock called regret

September 29th, 2021|

I wish I could tell you just which Los Angeles freeway I was on when, gridlocked, I took to pondering [...]

Sogni d’oro

September 29th, 2021|

In a dream, I kissed a woman. Not once or twice or as part of a seduction but as a [...]

Brief excursions in time and space

September 27th, 2021|

When that short window of relief from the COVID-19  pandemic slammed shut, that hopeful possibility of moving about the cabin [...]

The American Mag

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