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NaNoWriMo 2017 – Day One!

After many years of having a profile on the NaNoWriMo site, conditions are finally right for me to participate in the 50,000-word novel challenge during the month of November. NaNoWriMo is a non-profit organization that sponsors the challenge in which

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7 Tips That Might Help You Live to 100+

My husband, Jim DeDad, is quite the genealogist. He’s always following hints on Ancestry.com, scrolling through old, imaged documents, and updating his Italian family tree. We even traveled to Italy a few years ago to walk the same narrow streets

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Posted in Daily Life, Family, Food, Health, History, Italy, Travel, Uncategorized

Portuguese Mural Triggers an Amazing Race

It all started with a photograph. The large, framed photographic print depicts a stone stairway in Lisbon, Portugal. At the bottom of the scene, a colorful mural, featuring the words, “Fado Vadio,” splashes the side of a stucco building. The

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7 Expressions to Know in Portugal

You would think that with Portugal sitting right next door to Spain on the Iberian Peninsula, that Spanish would be the native language there. It’s not. It is Portuguese, and some of its words sound like Spanish words, and some are

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A New Challenge for Nora – Blindness

Little Nora, the feisty, sweet, and sometimes surly Cairn terrier we rescued nearly four years ago, who was diagnosed with canine Cushing’s disease a couple of months ago, has a new challenge. Blindness. This newest malady might be related to Nora’s

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7 Things to Know About Laura Bridgman

I recently began reading a book that I picked up at a library sale last summer, called Helen and Teacher by Joseph P. Lash. Within the first few pages, I learned about the woman whose education paved the way for

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A Two-Week Tour of Italy! Introduction

In the summer of 2011, my husband and I traveled to Italy on a site-seeing and genealogy tour. All four of Jim’s grandparents were born in Italy, so he had wanted to visit their homeland for some time. While we

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Erie Ambassador Program: Session 9 – Tourism

As cold as it was in January for our first session in the Erie Ambassador program’s Spring 2014 course, the temperature climbed to the opposite end of the thermometer for the last. Erie reached a high of 88 degrees yesterday

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Nutmeg’s & Nora’s Lives Flash Before Their Eyes

When I used to walk Happy and Scout, our 100-pound-plus Labrador retrievers, I was often annoyed by the little-dog walkers we’d encounter, who acted as if mine would engulf theirs like Jaws off the beach at Amity Island. Now that

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A New Chapter

Well, it’s official. Tonight, I made an important announcement to my Penn State colleagues, students, and alumni with a mixture of sadness and excitement. If I could live two lives simultaneously, that would be perfect, but none of us gets

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