Family business.

I’ve been too busy to think about this for a few days. My father died suddenly on Saturday (it’s hard to say unexpectedly, since he’d been expecting to die for the last 45 years, ever since his first heart attack at 35). He went very quickly (I’d say immediately but I haven’t talked to the doctor yet) and without any more hospital stays, which I know is how he hoped it would turn out.

So – the family is fogging in; 2 aunts have made it in and my sister’s crew just arrived. All the formal arrangements seem workable. I’m grateful for many friends who are making it all much easier.

All Packed. Ready to Go. The problem? It’s 5:18 a.m.

All packed. Ready to go. The problem? It’s 5:18 a.m. and the car service isn’t coming until 8. I’m getting worse and worse about sleeping before big travel days (even domestic travel). I had a truly horrific dream that woke me at 4:30 (late for my sister’s wedding!) and I didn’t get back to sleep. Grrr. Oh, well – travel day, and I’ll be back to Upstate New York this evening and sleeping in my own bed!

So the loud noise going on all afternoon was this:

Incontro con la Scuola cattolica italiana

Piazza San Pietro
ore 16.15

(from the Vatican site)

God help us – and I mean that quite unironically – they’re playing John Lennon’s “Imagine” right now. I hope we can blame it on their typical non-English speaker failure to comprehend the lyrics.


Wow – I certainly understand the long and grand tradition of re-valorizing love poetry as being addressed to Our Lord . . . but Slave to Love?

Closing in on grading…

I have been a lazy blogger. There has been a lot of activity in Rome, what with Easter, end of term, and the Canonizations! Not that I went to the Canonizations – I’ve been to one before, and in much better weather (it was showery yesterday).

Christine and I go this afternoon to get the Italian grades from the Scuola – and I hope to have finished my part of the grading by then!

The Final Presentation came with a view!

The last presenter wanted to visit Castel Sant’Angelo – so we finished with a great view of Rome!


Kim Giegerich, Katie Cornell, and Nic Stewart listen to Annabel Cryan describe the final scene of Tosca, when Tosca throws herself off the top of Castel Sant’Angelo. I’m glad Katie was there, because she gave the first of these presentations, and described the first act of the opera during her presentation at Sant’Andrea della Valle. Nice bookends – and a great place to finish the course.

Carciofi all romana

My cooked contribution to Easter Dinner at my colleague’s apartment. I bought pre-cleaned artichokes at the market (still had to dig the chokes out myself). They’re stuffed with a mint/parsley/garlic mix and cooked (white wine and lemon in the water. Yum! I’ll be making these for the parents this summer, even if I have to clean the artichokes myself!

Here’s the recipe I used.