Cats, Key West, and Ernest Hemingway

November 13, 2017 // 3 Comments

Fred Astaire, Winston Churchill, Lauren Bacall, and Howard Hughes pop out from basement grates, stroll through shrubs, and pose for guests visiting a certain Spanish Colonial home in Key West. Who are they? The Hemingway cats, all descended from Ernest's original tomcat, Snowball, who had six toes. [...]

Loving Irish Whiskey

October 13, 2017 // 13 Comments

How much do you know about Irish whiskey? If it's not much, that's not surprising, since the industry has come back from what some termed 'the edge of extinction' on the international market. [...]

Turning Two in Ireland

October 10, 2017 // 14 Comments

My blog hit its second anniversary while I was in Ireland for a travel blogging conference, TBEX Europe. There's a symmetry to this for me: as a traveler delving into a new country for the first time; as a writer and lifelong lover of literature arriving in the home of James Joyce, W.B. Yeats, Oscar Wilde, and George Bernard Shaw;  as a student in the business of blogging, here to learn more. [...]

Books about Italy: A Reading List for Florence

September 4, 2017 // 16 Comments

Ah, so you're going to Italy -- to Florence -- the jewel of the Italian Renaissance. Here is my reading list for Florence, and whether you're looking for nonfiction and history, a book written by a famous Florentine, or you're looking for the best novels set in Italy, you'll find something here. [...]