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Goodbye for now

I am taking a break from blogging for now. I have moved out of the house and my wife is filing for divorce, so I don’t have a lot of positive things to share. I don’t want to pollute the internet with more negativity, so I am just going to remain silent until things change.


Story time!







And this baby likes books too



“Baby” likes to be read a book



Sweet dreams


Things I Learned while Learning Italian

A great blog post on learning Italian.

Prayers & Piazzas

Recently I celebrated three years of officially studying Italian! And while I still feel like a baby on my language journey, I also know that linguistically, and more important, spiritually, I have come a long way.

I never planned to learn Italian, despite having grown up with a grandfather who emigrated from Southern Italy when he was a teenager, and spoke with a rich, thick accent for the 60 years that he lived here in America. Certainly I wasn’t looking to fill time. With three kids in three different schools and competitive sports in the evenings, my days — and nights — were spent primarily behind the steering wheel.

Still, one day, my husband innocently enough suggested we learn Italian before our family’s summer trip to Italy, and that little nudge sparked a passion in me which caught me completely by surprise.

In sharing this post, my intent is not to encourage you…

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This is what I am talking about

This is what I am talking about

Do you know why the Tea Party continues to gain strength? It is because of outrageously stupid and high-handed decisions like this. The government bureaucrats at the FDA have suddenly, out of nowhere, decided to interpret a long-standing rule requiring all materials that come into contact with food to be capable of cleaning to outlaw the use of wooden racks to age cheese.

This may not seem like a huge deal at first glance. I am sure it did not to the people who decided to interpret it this way. But it is. Almost all artisanal cheese is aged on wooden racks. The wood helps absorb the moisture from the drying cheese. It has been done that way, well, since there was cheese invented.

So, any company that uses wooden racks to dry their cheese suddenly can’t sell cheese any more. Just like that. With the stroke of a pen. Of course, they could rebuild all of their drying rooms with different racking systems. For one company, that would cost $20 million dollars. $20 million dollars. And of course, it would cause the cheese to be unsafe, since the racks do not absorb moisture. Yes, the regulation designed to make cheese safer would make it less safe.

And what about cheese from other countries? They all use wooden racks. It’s traditional. So will there be no more imported cheese? Really? From anywhere? People will be smuggling Gruyere in their cars from Mexico like meth? 

With one twist of language, one reinterpretation of a regulation by a government official, with no consultation by the companies affected, with no thought of the cataclysmic destruction it would cause, the world of American cheese has been thrown into turmoil. What utter monstrosity! What colossal stupidity!

Think it can’t happen to your industry? Sure it can! There are always government regulators in every field, and they all have the power to fundamentally alter the practices of business at the slightest whim, out of the blue. All it takes is a new person in the seat, and voila, whole fortunes are lost, businesses ruined, lives changed.

When I asked the girls how the beach was, they said “cold”



Cyrus is turning into a little beach boy