Author Archives: Maria Swan

  • Can you see me now?

    Posted on December 12, 2017 by Maria Swan in Maria's Blog.

    I wear reading glasses. Lucky for me, I’ve only needed minor changes over the years. I’m referring to the prescription part. Every three or four years I buy two pair of glasses, one to wear and one spare. Last month I had to use the spare as, once again, I sat on my glasses and […]

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  • A night at the opera

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

    What do you talk about on a perfect fall evening, while sitting outside on the Veneto Trattoria patio, sipping a chilled Spritz? Italy and operas, what else? My international traveling friends described their delightful experience in Verona, Italy. For those of you who don’t know, both Verona and Vicenza, where I come from, are neighboring […]

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  • The view from my memories’ window

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

    A sound startled me. Loud, and high above me. Except, alone in the park only sky shown over my head. Make that sky and fowls, because up, up, in perfect V formation flew a flock of ducks or geese. A loud flock, and I dare say, happy. The birds sounded like a group of cheerleaders […]

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  • The mittens

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

    Why do I have so many winter clothes in my closet? November is here and in Phoenix the daily temperature is still in the high 80s. The last thing I need is wooly mittens. The ones I’m looking at are over forty years old, almost antiques. Believe it or not, when I first moved to […]

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  • Ducks

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

    It started with some old bread. After the kids’ visit I had half a loaf left. Instead of letting it dry up I could give it to the ducks I saw floating on the canal. I live steps from the water, and with the Phoenix summer maybe the ducks could use something to snack on. […]

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  • La Postina

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

    I added the zip code to a letter, paused to give thanks to whoever came up with the idea. Simplifies mail delivery, right? Especially in a big city like Phoenix. Not sure zip codes would matter in my little town in Italy. I don’t know how people in Novale receive mail these days; been gone too […]

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  • Morning delight?

    Posted on September 19, 2017 by Maria Swan in Maria's Blog.

    Today is different, I have to take no-name-girl to the vet. At 9:30 a.m.. Not bad you’re thinking. By that time some people have already put in a few hours of hard work. Fair enough. Except, she’s a ferret. Experienced exotic animals vets are hard to find and in this case our chosen one is […]

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  • The things we can learn on Facebook

    Posted on September 5, 2017 by Maria Swan in Maria's Blog.

    Is it just me? Am I that easy to impress? Seems like every time I get on Facebook I learn something new. For example, I’m very aware of superstitious people not wanting black cats, that’s why at times the shelter has special promotions for black kittens. But I had NO IDEA about people refusing to […]

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  • “La-la-la-la-la..”

    Posted on August 22, 2017 by Maria Swan in Maria's Blog.

    Our dear no-name girl really likes one of the kids. When he comes to visit she sleeps in his bedroom, scratches on the door if it’s closed, even sits outside the bathroom while he’s in there. Lucky for him she can’t slide under the door. And she follows him around all the time. He’s been […]

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  • A mourning hawk?

    Posted on August 8, 2017 by Maria Swan in Maria's Blog.

    I’m no Lady Hawk and have no explanation for what happened. The other day I drove up to the home where I had my close encounter with the friendly coyotes. This time I parked my car at the edge of the driveway. I walked around the back of the vehicle and this hawk came flying […]

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