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This is Thirty – Wet Bathrobes

Growing up, bathrobes were for everyday wear. Every night, the routine went: shower, dry off with a towel, get in pajamas, put on a bathrobe, and slippers (if it was cold) from the closet in our room and then watch tv, etc downstairs until bed. My mother (and...

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This is Thirty – Scarves, Stairs, and Sweating

As I write this my background noise is a cacophony of coffee cups clinking and calls of ciao grazie! being shouted over the trill of the coffee grinder. Euro coins clink into the cash register and the milk frother screams. I'm across the river, hidden up in the corner...

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This is Thirty – Fake Chestnuts

The fake chestnuts are falling in the garden across the street. They're fake because they're a different type - the shell is less sharp and pointed. In the tower house, there was a real chestnut tree out by the outhouse. If I moved my flip-flopped feet towards the...

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This is Thirty – A Frenchie Ate My Flowers

My Yellow Labrador retriever named Sadie lived sixteen years long and had the moral compass of a nun. She'd routinely tell on herself if she ate the cat food, and if I ever got mad at her for anything, she'd sit at my feet, follow me around the house, tail between her...

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This is Thirty – Netflix Living Undocumented

"It’s time to listen to the people whose lives are being directly affected by immigration policies. It’s time to get to know the individuals whose complex stories have been reduced to basic headlines," Selena Gomez writes about her Netflix documentary series - Living...

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This is Thirty – Red

Far away from me, far away from my troubles the leaves glow red on the ground under their trees dying beautifully, because they're supposed to making us gasp with the brilliance of their death and we cherish it, and photograph it, and glorify the deep reds that bleed...

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This is Thirty – Fingerprints for Citizenship, A Saga

To apply for Italian Citizenship, one of the required documents is a criminal record certificate - stating that you're not running from crimes in another country. For me, that means I need an FBI Background Check to prove I haven't been arrested or am wanted for...

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This is Thirty – Antique Market in Piazza Liberta

It's every second Saturday, apparently. I found out this morning as I walked down the street with my notebook to get my coffee. The white tents were popping up under the porticoes of the piazza and the cafes were flooded with sounds of clinking coffee cups and spoons,...

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This is Thirty – 56 More Posts

There are 56 more days in this project, and I know they'll go quickly - there's a lot going on in the next month and a half and it's going to be a wild, unexpected ride as usual. Contracts are ending, new interviews are being scheduled, new routines and the end of old...

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This is Thirty – Last Days

Today was my last day with Giulio. He's getting a new nanny because they need more help and I need to work more on my writing as I gain more projects. I picked him up from school, his nose running from an oncoming cold (the teachers here don't take care of...

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This is Thirty – Oversized Memory Box

I've been working all day (after lunch at a place called Crazy Bar with new friends!) and am ready to head home from the Library, but I wanted to write first. When I get home tonight I want to put technology away, maybe have a fire in our firepit, and revel in the 60F...

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This is Thirty – New England Autumn

Maple trees - with some leaves still green, and then some flaming yellow, some fading into a burning orange, then brilliant vermillion red. Hay bales and scarecrows on front lawns. The mornings when the grass in the shade still crunches with frost. Getting out the...

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This is Thirty – Buddha’s Hands are In My Garden

This morning was gorgeous, sunny, hot in the sun, cool in the shade. We had lunch and walked across the street to the flower show in the garden and surprisingly, it wasn't crowded at all. Every year I look at all the beautiful flowers and terracotta pots and ceramics...

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This is Thirty – A New US Immigration Issue

Our immigration story just got even more difficult. On Friday, (October 4th), Trump signed a Presidential proclamation stating that all immigrants applying for immigration visas to the US will need to prove they can be "covered by health insurance within 30 days of...

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This is Thirty – Why Italians Hate Tourists: An Example

I took the 25 bus from my street into the center. It's a line that runs up into the hills surrounding Florence, and only briefly runs through to Piazza San Marco and then turns around and heads back out into the outskirts. Because of this there are rarely tourists,...

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This is Thirty – Silence

"I don't want to talk today," Giulio said in Italian, head down and bottom lip puffed out as he walked out of the classroom after I had velcroed him into his converse sneakers. Wow, good afternoon to you too, kiddo. I was thinking of even bringing him back to our...

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This is Thirty – Mindfullness During Sunset

The sun is setting earlier now - gone are the summer nights when my garden was still light at 9pm. Now the sky begins to glow at six-thirty, and the golden orb hits the mountains on the far side of the valley just before seven. This evening I ran through the errands...

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This is Thirty – Queen of Sandwiches

Today at lunch, I looked through my fridge and desperately tried to put ingredients together to form some sort of recipe that'd be decent enough. Fresh tomato pasta? Maybe, we still have basil outside. Something with eggplant? Won't that take too long? As I was...

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This is Thirty – One Paragraph Round-Up

The day was full of little errands and time with a little grumpy Giulio that was definitely feeling the Mondays. I watched as he giggled and ran through the playground once he shook his pouts out on the walk home, I mowed our little lawn with our electric mower that I...

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