February 9, 2023 | Rome, Italy
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Shovel and broom

Some people have parents who behave conventionally, not so in the case of columnist Madeleine Johnson, whose mother and father had methods all their own for dealing with the vicissitudes of daily life.

How one war’s legacy endures

The story of World War II and the postwar is littered with mythology handed down over decades. Columnist Madeleine Johnson has found both the ways and means to cut through some of it.

Not so bad? Think again

While in Italy, columnist Madeleine Johnson picked up a new book on the Fascist era. What it has to say is essential — especially now.

American Alfie

Columnist Madeleine Johnson, pestered by Italians over how she spends her days in America, responds in non-Hollywood style.

Heard along the way

My memory contains many 50-year old snippets of overheard adult conversations. Misunderstood words and phrases would rise above the tinkling [...]