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Author Archives: Maria Grazia Swan

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    The coyote next door

    Posted on March 28, 2017 by Maria Grazia Swan in Maria's Blog.

    Only in Arizona, is what I hear when I tell people about the coyotes living next door. The neighbor two plus acres have small abandoned structures and as far as I know the coyotes always lived in the one just North of my place. But back then there was only one coyote, he would stroll […]

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    The cat in the window

    Posted on March 14, 2017 by Maria Grazia Swan in Maria's Blog.

    We arrived at the same time and parked in the circular driveway. Then, after a quick greeting, we headed up the wide path to the front door of the vacant home. Sally Castillo, the lovely young lady in charge of the staging company, was there to share her ideas on preparing the house for sale. […]

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    Redheads and Valentines

    Posted on February 14, 2017 by Maria Grazia Swan in Maria's Blog.

    I must have been nineteen when I discovered Valentine’s day for lovers. Let me explain. Growing up in Italy where Catholicism was the only game in town, I had heard the tale of San Valentino da Terni, Christian martyr from around the year 496. But the story told to me by the man I happened […]

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    Behind curtain #1

    Posted on January 31, 2017 by Maria Grazia Swan in Maria's Blog.

    Let me start by saying that the curtain is a make-believe-I’m-a-door for a bathroom. Public bathroom. Women’s public bathroom. I know what you are thinking…’Okay Maria, where in the world did you go to find this?’ On a good day I could jog there from home..not that I would want to. I took the photo […]

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    Mangia, mangia.

    Posted on January 17, 2017 by Maria Grazia Swan in Maria's Blog.

    The other evening I went to a new restaurant with friends. One of the friends had been there the week before so she was our ‘expert’ so to speak. The place was quite fancy, lots of low couches and dark wood…huge bar, people well dressed…And the menu was so varied we sort of huddled around […]

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    A Mute Swan

    Posted on January 3, 2017 by Maria Grazia Swan in Maria's Blog.

    On Thursday the 29th of December I drove to Sun City to meet award winning, best selling author Julie Moffett. It’s a long ride and since I had to use the 101 I figured this would be a great time for me to stop by the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery located just off Thomas and […]

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    Christmas already?

    Posted on December 23, 2016 by Maria Grazia Swan in Maria's Blog.

    Every December starts out the same way—Christmas already? I feel overwhelmed, I panic. Yesterday more than ever. I had dinner guests due to arrive at 6:30, with everything well planned I felt confident I could even take a short nap before starting some serious cooking. Imagine my panic when, at about 1:30, I received an […]

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    Naughty or Nice? You’re all welcome

    Posted on December 6, 2016 by Maria Grazia Swan in Maria's Blog.

    First, let me tell you, this is not one of my usual blogs. No tales from the past, nor oops from the present. Nope, I’m going to talk about my newsletter. If you’re already a subscriber, skip to the last paragraph, and take a look at the pics because those are the 3 items I […]

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    My first Thanksgiving

    Posted on November 22, 2016 by Maria Grazia Swan in Maria's Blog.

    I have vague memories of it. Had no idea what it was all about. Back then my English was very limited and I wasn’t familiar with some foods Americans are accustomed to. We lived in Germany at the time. I had zero friends, but my then husband was invited to the home of a coworker. […]

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    Bye bye bunny

    Posted on November 8, 2016 by Maria Grazia Swan in Maria's Blog.

    I’m still walking the ferret every morning. For weeks the highlight of her walk was crawling under a huge lantana bush, home of a local bunny. Keep in mind the ferret is nearly blind and only sees moving shadows. It didn’t take long for the bunny to figure that out. All it had to do […]

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