• Coming Alive Memoir

    “Italy”

    Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life. -Anna Akhmatova You may have the universe if I may have Italy. -Giuseppe Verdi Consider your origin; ye were not formed to live like brutes, but to follow virtue and knowledge. -Canto XXVI, Dante Alighieri Italy is a dream! When my parents and I arrived at Kennedy airport in New York, we saw a bunch of tired, bored college students stretched out over the carpet and chairs in the terminal. They were to be among the eighty students I would live with in Tuscany. My mother’s worries about the dangers of the pinching and prowling behavior of…

  • Coming Alive Memoir

    The Twenty Year Poodle by Anne Ierardi

    This extract is from my memoir, coming in the summer! The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven, not man’s. -Mark Twain   For years I told my wife I wanted a dog. She repeatedly said no. I felt ambivalent myself, as it was so long since I’d had a dog. I worried something bad might happen; when I had had to part with two dogs because I didn’t have an adequate home for them. Now that we had a large house on Cape Cod with a yard and I worked next door to my home, it seemed the perfect time. But what kind of dog?…