On Mom’s Town

The key reason I went to Italy this year as to visit my mother’s last surviving sister who I hadn’t seen in 48+ years. The idea for this post came to me the day before Mother’s Day.

Mom in the main square (1964)

Mom in the main square for Saturday’s market (1964)

Besides sharing my emotional walk down the street where the family lived, I’ve included pictures of her hometown within themes as corridors, arches, and others – so the focus of this post is to spotlight on her town – the small, Tuscan city of Pescia – but with unused pictures (well, except one).

Pescia, population around 20,000, is located between Florence and Lucca, but much closer to Lucca.

A picturesque location in a flat basin where the mountains end

The rain was leaving on this day

The rain was leaving on this day

A stream rushing out of the mountains divides the city



The cathedral dominates the skyline

Walking the narrow streets of the old city provided many intriguing photo ops

Benito Mussolini stood on this balcony on his visit during the sixth year of his reign (See the inscription above the balcony)

Villages dot the hillsides, such as the birthplace of my grandmother

The main square remains quite active, but it rained on market day.


Which is your favorite image?

On Shortest of Shorts

I did not plan to start the day like this, but I just discovered something that I had to share. With that in mind, here is a cheap rendition of Opinions in the Shorts, which I hope returns next week.

Speaking of next week, things may return to normal here! … Maybe.

For those who have enjoyed my photos of Italy, Christine’s images of her trip last fall are fabulous.  Here is an index of her posts. Well done, Christine (a fellow Cincinnatian)!

I appreciate this Kathleen Parker column about Republicans in Name Only.

Cincinnati Reds Opening Day is less than a month away.

Click to see whom the people want as the next pope.

Hansi has a great sense of humor. Well, some say “sick” is a better descriptor. Nonetheless, his creation myth is a hoot.

This fun video from my local news this morning sparked this spontaneous post … and it’s totally a capella. Enjoy the effort by a young South Korean. Have a good and safe weekend. Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.