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No more rain in my life. I am enjoying life like I never have before. I have to say that I am the happiest that I have been in a long, long time. I can only think of one time when I was happier and that was right after my son was born and I was euphoric then. But this is a different kind of happiness. I am at peace with myself and the world. I have wonderful friends and a great family and life is good. Along with the fact that I am financially secure. Oh, I don’t live large but I have what I need for my retirement years.

But who’s retiring. Not me. I have a new career. I am now a travel writer and I have my first article being published this month. And I just returned from a trip to Italy. I spent a week in a writing workshop, Italy in Other Words. We stayed in a 12th century hilltop town in Abruzzo Italy and it was wonderful. We spent each morning learning more about our craft of writing and then the afternoons in cultural immersion, learning about the people and the history of the area. We ate the local foods, dining every night from eight until midnight, Italian style; pasta, legumes, lamb and pork and wonderful wines from the area. And we attended demonstrations of local craftsmen, pasta making, weaving, ceramics.

After my week in the workshop I went back to Rome, what a beautiful city and took the train to Florence, Italy. I stayed in a convent B&B near the Duomo. I walked the city, went to the museums and learned more about the history of the renaissance, saw beautiful paintings and sculpture of that period, including Michelangelo’s David. I ate wonderful food again, including gelato every afternoon. There is a gelato store on every corner in Florence much like Starbucks in the United States.

After two weeks in Italy I came home to my furry children and was glad to be home again, but also happy that I had the opportunity to see a beautiful country. I fell in love with Italy and I will have to return.

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  1. How wonderful it all sounds. Congratulations on a new career. You are perfect for the job. Soon you will have one of those travel shows on PBS.
    Have a great summer.

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