Plath

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Abruzzo, Italia

“Go out and do something; it isn’t the room that’s the prison, it’s yourself.” – Sylvia Plath

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Art – Toni Morrison

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Abruzzo, Italy

“Your life is already artful – waiting, just waiting, for you to make it art.”

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Night

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Mesagne, Puglia, Italy

She,

In the dark,

Found light

Brighter than many ever see

-Langston Hughes

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Wild about Tom Petty

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“You belong among the wildflowers
You belong somewhere close to me
Far away from your trouble and worry
You belong somewhere you feel free”

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Maple Acres Farms, Plymouth Meeting, PA

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Save the bees!

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Maple Acres Farms, Plymouth Meeting, PA

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Thanks Ralph

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Abruzzo, Italy

“Nothing can bring you peace but yourself”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Camomilla

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Abruzzo, Italy

Within our first few days in Abruzzo, we picked fresh camomilla flowers to dry to later enjoy in a cup of boiling water. The joy in being a part of nearly each step in the process of my cup of tea is beyond words.

I have distinct memories of taking walks with my nonna when I was a child in Southern Italy. We’d walk out away from town into the farms and collect camomilla flowers to later dry on our own. Helped that her house was so close to the edge of town that the walk was not far before we were whisked into a land of olive groves, grape and wheat fields and tiny farmhouses that dotted the land. These walks remain so fresh in my mind and something I hold onto dearly when thinking or speaking of her. The simplest of gestures, a walk together, grew to be of such importance to me.

My nonna worked in farms all her life. She was proud of the land, the fruits of her labor, her country. She had tough skin, a warm smile and a real love for me.

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